Pleads not guilty to taking RM218 million bribe for Sarawak solar project.
- First charge – soliciting RM187.5m for Rosmah
- Second charge – soliciting RM25m for himself
- Third charge – receiving RM5m meant for Rosmah
- Fourth charge – receiving RM500k for himself
Datuk Rizal Mansor, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor’s former aide, arrived at the Kuala Lumpur court complex at 2.11pm under escort by MACC officers.
Clad in a black batik shirt and sporting sunglasses, Rizal, 44, was charged before Sessions Court judge Rozina Ayob with two counts of soliciting and another two counts of receiving bribes.
The offences were committed at a cafe in Sunway Putra Mall.
These include soliciting RM187.5 million on behalf of Rosmah between March and April 2016, as well as RM25 million from Saidi Abang Samsudin, the managing director of Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd for himself as an inducement to ensure Rosmah would help the company secure the Sarawak solar project worth RM1.25 billion.
Rizal was also charged with two counts of receiving a total of RM5.5 million from Saidi in December 2016, as a reward for Rosmah in helping Jepak Holdings obtain the project.
Deputy public prosecutor Kamal Bahrin prosecuted.
Rizal pleaded not guilty to the four charges of graft involving RM218 million.
If convicted under Section 16(a)(A) of the MACC Act 2009, Rizal can be jailed up to 20 years and fined not less than five times the value of the gratification for each offence.
The court granted Rizal RM1 million in two sureties.
The judge ordered RM500,000 to be paid on Thursday (Nov 15) and the remaining amount to be settled by Nov 22.
She also ordered him to surrender his passport.
Judge Rozina also fixed case mention for Nov 29 at 9am.