Prosecution wants Rosmah to declare property acquisition in money laundering case.
The High Court was today told that the prosecution has filed a notice against Datuk Seri Rosmah Mansor for her to declare her property acquisition in a money laundering case.
Lawyer K Kumaraendran, representing Rosmah, who is facing 12 counts of money laundering involving RM7 million and five counts of failing to declare income to the Inland Revenue Board (IRB), said the defence has received the notice, served under Section 49(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Act 2001.
“We need more time to look into the affidavit-in-reply filed by the prosecution to oppose our application to quash the notice,” he said during case management before judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan.
The prosecution, represented by deputy public prosecutor Mohd Dusuki Mokhtar, did not object to the request by the defence.
The court then fixed April 25 to hear submissions from both parties.
Rosmah was accompanied by her husband, former prime minister Najib Razak, and their son, Mohd Ashman, at today’s proceedings.
On October 4 last year, she pleaded not guilty at the sessions court to the 12 counts of money laundering and five counts of failing to declare income.
The offences were allegedly committed at the Affin Bank branch at Bangunan Getah Asli in Jalan Ampang between December 4, 2013 and June 8, 2017, and IRB at Kompleks Bangunan Kerajaan in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim between May 1, 2014 and May 1 last year.
The money laundering charges provide for imprisonment of up to 15 years and a fine of not less than five times the sum or value of the proceeds of the unlawful activity, or RM5 million, whichever is higher, upon conviction.
The tax evasion charges are under Section 77(1) of the Income Tax Act 1967.
Lawyer Geethan Ram Vincent, who is also representing Rosmah, told reporters that the defence received the notice seeking the declaration of property acquisition in November last year, and has filed an application to strike out the said notice.
He said Rosmah could not be asked to declare her acquisition of property and be charged over the same assets.
“Our client has the right to remain silent. With the serving of the notice…it means she has been deprived of her right.”