Crime & Courts

Rosmah files for representation over money laundering, tax evasion charges

KUALA LUMPUR: Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor has filed for representation to the Attorney-General's Chambers regarding money laundering charges and tax evasion, where trial is scheduled for this Friday.

Rosmah's defense attorney, Geethan Ram Vincent, confirmed that the representation has been filed by the former prime minister's wife on May 2.

"I can confirm that the representation has been made, but there has yet to be an answer about it," he said as reported by local news portal Free Malaysia Today (FMT).

The trial, which is expected to last for a period of fifteen days is scheduled to take place in front of High Court judge K. Muniandy this Friday.

A deputy public prosecutor who declined to be named, said that it cannot be determined if the trial that will take place this Friday will proceed according to schedule.

"We are awaiting instructions from the prosecutor," said the deputy public prosecutor who wished to remain anonymous.

Representation is usually carried out to apply for a retraction or to lower, or lessen the charge brought against an accused.

On March 23, the prosecution informed that there will be 13 witnesses that will be called to provide testimonies against Rosmah.

Rosmah, who is the wife of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, was charged in the Sessions Court here on October 4, 2018, before the case was transferred to the High Court.

She is facing 12 charges of money laundering involving RM7,097,750 and five charges of failing to declare her income to the Internal Revenue Board (IRB).

She is accused of committing the offences between December 4, 2013 to June 8, 2017.

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