Rosmah’s RM7mil money laundering and tax evasion case to go on trial next May

KUALA LUMPUR: Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor’s graft trial involving RM7mil in money laundering and tax evasion is scheduled for a 15-day hearing in May next year.

High Court judge Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan fixed the trial dates during case management here on Thursday.

The dates are May 12, June 28, June 30, July 6 -7, July 27 – 28, July 31, Aug 1 – 2, Aug 11, Aug 24 – 25, and Sept 7 – 8.

The court also fixed Feb 20 for parties to update the decision of Rosmah’s appeal at the Court of Appeal to recuse Justice Mohamed Zaini from presiding over the trial.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Poh Yih Tinn appeared for the prosecution while Rosmah was represented by lawyer Datuk Geethan Ram Vincent.

Rosmah, 70, is facing 12 money laundering charges involving RM7,097,750 and five counts of failing to declare her income to the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN).

The offences were allegedly committed at Affin Bank Berhad’s Bangunan Getah Asli branch at Jalan Ampang here between Dec 4, 2013, and June 8, 2017 and at LHDN at Kompleks Bangunan Kerajaan, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim between May 1, 2014, and May 1, 2018.

Rosmah’s bid to recuse Justice Mohamed Zaini from hearing the case is currently at the Court of Appeal stage.

In her recusal applications, Rosmah, among others, claimed that there was a danger of Justice Mohamed Zaini being prejudiced and biased against her if he presided over the money laundering case as he had already presided over her solar hybrid graft trial related to rural schools in Sarawak.

On Sept 1, the same judge found Rosmah guilty of three charges of corruption related to the solar hybrid project worth RM1.25bil for 369 rural schools in Sarawak, and sentenced her to 10 years in prison and a fine of RM970mil.

Rosmah is out on bail pending her appeal against the conviction and sentence at the Court of Appeal.