KUALA LUMPUR: A hectic atmosphere pervades the courts complex here this morning in anticipation of the arrival of Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
Hundreds of reporters from local and foreign agencies have swarmed the compound at Jalan Duta, with some arriving as early as 6am.
The NSTP learnt that Rosmah, 66, is facing between 15 and 17 charges for alleged offences under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (AMLATFPUAA) 2001 over monies amounting to RM7 million.
She is expected to be charged at the sessions court before judge Azura Alwi.
Rosmah was taken into custody by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) after her statement was recorded yesterday.
She was summoned regarding sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad’s (1MDB) subsidiary SRC International Sdn Bhd and the anti-graft body’s investigation into money laundering.
Meanwhile, Najib will be taken to the High Court, as his criminal breach of trust and power abuse case is fixed for mention today.
On July 4, the former prime minister claimed trial for three counts of criminal breach of trust and one count of abuse of power for gratification involving RM4 billion from SRC International Sdn Bhd since 2011.
Najib, as a public servant, is alleged to have misappropriated RM27 million, RM5 million and RM10 million belonging to SRC International when he acted as its advisor.
He was also charged with abuse of power to secure a RM42 million loan from The Retirement Fund Inc (KWAP) for SRC International.
SRC was created in 2011 to pursue overseas investments in energy resources and was a unit of 1MDB until it was moved to the Finance Ministry in 2012.
The SRC case involves an alleged transfer of RM42 million of the company’s funds into Najib’s personal account.
The 1MDB Special Task Force was set up in late May. Its duties include asset recovery, retrieval of money and assets siphoned off from the 1MDB state fund, and taking action against those involved in criminal activities relating to the case.