Rosmah, Ex-Aide Rizal to be Charged on Thursday

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Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor will face fresh charges in court on Thursday (Nov 15), together with her former aide Datuk Rizal Mansor.

Sources said six charges related to the RM1.25 billion solar hybrid project for rural schools in Sarawak will be brought against the duo, involving an amount of RM6.5 million.

The wife of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will not be arrested prior to the court case as what happened earlier last month when she was charged with laundering over RM7 million of funds said to be related to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

She has been told to go to the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex herself at 8.00am on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Rosmah’s lawyer Datuk Geethan Ram Vincent confirmed that she will be charged on Thursday but they were still in the dark over what the charges were related to.

Reportedly, the charges are related to the solar hybrid project for Sarawak schools.

The project courted controversy when Sarawak ReportĀ alleged in June that the contract was awarded to Bintulu-based company Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd – a transportation services company – on the “direct” order of Najib.

Jepak Holdings was appointed at the end of 2016 for the supply of diesel, repair of generators and to provide solar hybrid systems for 369 rural schools in Sarawak.

To date, none of the schools has it.

Rizal was arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in July following allegations that he solicited money from Jepak Holdings over the project.

However, it is believed that the money did not change hands.

In June, the MACC also arrested a company director, managing director and a lawyer over the controversial project.

The commission began investigating the billion ringgit project in April, a month before the general election.

Earlier report: Nov 12, Report: Rosmah, Ex-Aide to Face New Charges over RM1.25B Solar Hybrid Project