KUALA LUMPUR: Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor has claimed trial to soliciting and receiving a bribe amounting to RM189 million relating to the RM1.25bil solar hybrid project for rural schools in Sarawak.
The charges were read to her before Sessions Court judge Azman Ahmad.
On the first count, she was charged with dishonestly soliciting for herself, made through Rizal Mansor, 44, gratification, to the amount of RM187,500,000, which is 15% of the value of the contract for the project, from Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd managing director Saidi Abang Samsudin.
She was charged with committing the offence at Lygon Cafe’, G-24, Ground Floor, Sunway Putra Mall, 100, Jalan Putra, Chow Kit, here between March and April 2016.
On the second count, Rosmah was charged with dishonestly receiving for herself RM1,500,000 from Saidi for the same purpose at No. 11, Jalan Langgak Duta, Taman Duta, here on Sept 7, 2017.
She was charged under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act, and faces imprisonment for up to 20 years and fine of not less than five times the amount of the gratification or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction.
The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Datuk Umar Saifuddin Jaafar, while the defence team was led by Datuk Geethan Ram Vincent .
Both charges are offences under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act and punishable under Section 24(1) of the same Act.
Azman allowed bail at RM1 million in one surety.
He also allowed the bail to be paid in two instalments with RM500,000 to be paid yesterday and the balance within seven days.
Meanwhile, her former aide Datuk Rizal Mansor also pleaded not guilty at a different Sessions court for allegedly soliciting RM212.5mil and received bribes amounting to RM5.5mil on behalf of
Rosmah and himself in helping Jepak Holdings secure the deal.
Rizal’s first charge was for securing the RM187.5 million from Saidi and RM25 million for himself as a guarantee to ensure the company gets the project.
The third and fourth charges were for receiving RM5 million on behalf of Rosmah and RM500,000 for himself.
He allegedly received the money from Saidi between March and December 2016.
Bail for Rizal was set at RM1million.
Also yesterday, former Federal Territories minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court to two counts of receiving RM3 million for land deals
involving Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
The money was paid to him by two property developers, one of whom was Datuk Tan Eng Boon who also claimed trial.
Ku Nan as he is referred to allegedly received a cheque amounting to RM1 million on Dec 27, 2013, which was deposited into his bank account named Pekan Nenas Industries Sdn Bhd, even though he had knowledge that the company, formerly known as Nucleus Properties Sdn Bhd (now known as Paragon City Development Sdn Bhd) owned by Tan, had official negotiations with DBKL.
The offence was allegedly committed at the Putra World Trade Centre CIMB bank branch.
On the second count, Ku Nan was also charged with receiving an RM2 million cheque from businessman Cai Kin Kong through a cheque from property developers Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd.
The charge read that he did this despite having knowledge that Aset Kayamas had dealings with his ministry.
The offence was allegedly committed at the Pusat Bandar Damansara CIMB branch bank here on June 14, 2016.
The charges were read out to him before Azman.
The first charge was made under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act, with an alternative charge under Section 165 of the Penal Code.
The second charge was made under Section 165 of the Penal Code.
If found guilty, he could be jailed for up to two years, fined or both.
Ummar Saifuddin led the prosecution while Ku Nan’s team was led by Datuk Tan Hock Chuan.
The judge set bail at RM1 million in two sureties and told Tengku Adnan to surrender his passport to the court.
Meanwhile Tan was charged in a separate sessions court before Judge Azura Alwi for giving Ku Nan the RM1 million cheque.
Tan pleaded not guilty to the charges and the judge set RM700,000 bail in two sureties.
Next case mention is also on Dec 12.