Earlier today, former First Lady to Malaysia Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor was found guilty on 3 charges of bribery involving the procurement of the RM1.25billion Hybrid Solar Photovoltaic (PV) System Integrated Project and Maintenance and Genset/Diesel Operation. Her hearing began a little past 9.00am this morning at the Kuala Lumpur High Court, after she had attempted to recurse Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan from presiding over her graft case.
This comes in the wake of documents pertaining to her judgement that were allegedly leaked to the press on local news portal Malaysia Today just days before her verdict was scheduled to be passed.
Rosmah found guilty on 3 charges of bribery
According to Malay Mail, Judge Zaini said the accused had failed to disprove the assumption that she had not received any of the bribes issued to her by managing director of Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd, Saidi Abang Samsudin, through her former aide Datuk Rizal Mansor.
She was convicted of receiving a RM187.5mil bribe, in addition to two other bribes totalling RM6.5mil, for successfully securing Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd a government contract through direct negotiations with the Ministry of Education. The offenses were committed between 2016 and 2017, with her charges framed under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009.
“The defence was devoid of credible evidence and unsubstantiated evidence which created reasonable doubt.
The prosecution has delivered their case and therefore I find the accused guilty of all three charges and I now invite counsel to submit their litigation pending stay of execution,” he adds.
She has since been sentenced to 10 years in prison, alongside with a RM970 million fine in lieu of an additional 30-year jail term. However, Rosmah was granted a stay of execution ahead of her appeal at the Court of Appeals, and was released on bail.
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