KUALA LUMPUR — Nov. 15, 2018: Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, today pleaded not guilty to two counts of receiving bribes of RM1.5 million for the project to supply and instal solar energy at 369 rural schools in Sarawak two years ago.
On the first count, Rosmah, 66, was charged with dishonestly soliciting for herself, through her then special officer Datuk Rizal Mansor, gratification amounting to RM187,500,000, which was 15 per cent of the value of the contract from Jepak Holdings managing director Saidi Abang Samsudin.
This was an inducement to help the company secure the contract worth RM1.25 billion through direct negotiation from the education ministry.
She was charged with committing the offence at a cafe at Sunway Putra Mall here between March and April 2016.
On the second count, Rosmah was charged with dishonestly receiving RM1,500,000 at her house from Saidi for the same purpose on September 7, 2017.
The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Datuk Umar Saifuddin Jaafar while the defence team was led by Datuk Geethan Ram Vincent .
Rizal was charged with four counts of corruption.
The first and second charges were for soliciting RM187.5 million from Jepak Holdings managing director Saidi Abang Samsudin on behalf of Rosmah and RM25 million for himself as an inducement in ensuring that the company won the contract.
The third and fourth charges were for corruptly receiving RM5 million on behalf of Rosmah and RM500,000 for himself. — Bernama