Crime & Courts

New judge to hear Rosmah's second corruption trial

KUALA LUMPUR: Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor's second trial on charges of money laundering and tax evasion will be heard before a new judge.

Lawyer Datuk Geethan Ram Vincent, who represents Rosmah, confirmed that High Court Judge Muniandy Kannyappan will replace Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan, who has been elevated to the Court of Appeal.

Geethan also confirmed that the trial is scheduled to begin on May 12 and that the prosecution is ready with 13 witnesses to testify.

Zaini, who was previously the High Court judge, had convicted Rosmah on Sept 1 last year, sentencing her to 10 years in jail for each of the charges, with the prison terms running concurrently.

He also fined her RM970 million in default of 30 years in jail.

The judge also ordered Rosmah to be imprisoned for 30 years if she fails to pay the fine, but allowed the application to defer the implementation of the prison sentence and fine while waiting for her appeal at the Court of Appeal.

In this trial, the wife of convicted former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is facing 12 money laundering charges amounting to about RM7 million and five counts of failing to declare her income to the Inland Revenue Board (IRB).

She is accused of committing the offences at Affin Bank Berhad branch at Getah Asli building on Jalan Ampang, here, between Dec 4, 2013 and June 8, 2017 and at the IRB office in Jalan Duta branch, on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim, here between May 1, 2014 and May 1, 2018.

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