Crime & Courts

Rosmah gets passport, will be heading to Singapore

KUALA LUMPUR: Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor will be heading to Singapore to be with her daughter Nooryana Najwa Najib who is expected to give birth soon.

This after High Court judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan allowed her application to temporarily get back her international passport.

The wife of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is now on trial over corruption charges involving a project to provide solar hybrid power for rural schools in Sarawak.

Zaini, in his ruling, said the court would give her the passport today, and the accused needs to return the document to court before Dec 6.

"The applicant (Rosmah) is only allowed to travel to Singapore from Oct 22 and must return back on or before Nov 21," he said.

Rosmah, in her application said Nooryana who married to Kazakhstan national Danial Kessikbayev, and is now in her final trimester for her second baby and will be giving birth at a private hospital.

"She has a history of complications during her first delivery, namely abnormal blood flow to the placenta and sudden loss of amniotic fluid level, which is fatal to the mother and the baby.

"As a mother, I want to be there with her to provide mental and emotional support before, during, and after the delivery.

"My presence as a mother is crucial to her especially when the doctor confirmed that complicated surgery is needed during the process," she said.

Rosmah's passport was impounded when she was charged with multiple corruption charges two years ago.

Rosmah was accused of soliciting RM187.5 million and two counts of receiving bribes of RM6.5 million from Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd's former managing director Saidi Abang Samsudin, through her former special officer Datuk Rizal Mansor.

The 69-year-old was accused of committing the offence between Jan 2016 and Sept 2017. She purportedly received the money in exchange for helping the company obtain a RM1.25 billion project to provide solar energy to 369 rural schools in Sarawak.

Rosmah, who was ordered to enter her defence on Feb 18, is expected to resume giving evidence on Oct 21.

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