Rosmah’s trial: My marriage to Najib wouldn’t last 34 years if I was overbearing, says Rosmah

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Rosmah Mansor denied the prosecution’s claim that she was of “overbearing nature”, saying that her marriage to former premier Najib Abdul Razak would not have lasted 34 years otherwise.

During her corruption trial today linked to the RM1.25 billion solar hybrid energy project, the accused testified that it is up to Najib whether to accept her views or otherwise, just like any other married couple.

Making reference to the prosecution’s contention that she tried to influence Najib when he was prime minister, Rosmah claimed that she had never directed her husband to follow her views, and that she was also open to his views.

Rosmah was also referring to an audio recording (P36) that the prosecution tendered during her trial previously, which was allegedly on her conversation with Najib.

“If this is what is said to be my ‘overbearing nature’ and ‘ability to influence decisions in the public sector’, my marriage to my husband would not have lasted 34 years; if it is true that I am an ‘overbearing person’ as intimated by the prosecution.

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“In any event, the conversation in P36 does not in any way touch on the solar hybrid project,” she said, dismissing the allegation as not verified, untrue, and cannot be considered by the court.

In the prosecution’s opening statement on the first day of trial in February last year, lead deputy public prosecutor Gopal Sri Ram contended that Rosmah, being the wife of former prime minister Najib, had occupied no official position, but wielded considerable influence by reason of her overbearing nature.

Meanwhile, during proceedings before Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan, Rosmah denied receiving or discussing issues of monies or receiving any cash bribes, when she had met with Saidi and his business partner Rayyan Radzwil Abdullah, during a meeting at her Langgak Duta residence on September 7, 2017.

She also denied receiving any bags of money from either Rayyan and Saidi, and reiterated that her meeting with both of them was brief, lasting no more than five minutes.

Rosmah also explained she was exercising prior to their visit and was not dressed to receive guest at the time as the meeting was unscheduled and both Rayyan and Saidi did not adhere to security protocols by registering at the security post when they arrived.

Her testimony was in response to a statement given by Rayyan, who testified last year that she had allegedly received RM1.5 million in two black bags with orange stripes that were brought to her house and placed beside a sofa in the hall.

Rosmah vehemently denied the chronology of events as stated by Rayyan where the bags were delivered, then delivered to Rosmah’s butlers to be kept away.

Rosmah also stated that the prosecution had failed to call these butlers as witnesses and denied that such an incident ever took place.

Proceedings before Zaini will resume tomorrow morning.


Earlier reports:

Oct 6, Rosmah’s trial: Rosmah emotional, in tears

Oct 5, Rosmah’s trial: Rosmah tears into Rizal’s testimony

Feb 10, Rosmah’s bribe trial: Rosmah to know fate on Feb 18

Dec 31, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Fictitious Consultancy Agreement Masked Bribe Payment to Rosmah

Dec 30, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Defence Says No Proof to Show Rosmah Solicited, Received Bribes

Dec 11, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Prosecution Concludes Its Case

Oct 7, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 30

Oct 6, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 29

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Sept 17, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 27

Sept 15, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 26

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Sept 9, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 24

Aug 19, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 23

Aug 18, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 22

Aug 17, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 21

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Feb 18, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day Eight

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Feb 11, Rosmah’s Defence Alleges Mahdzir Private Jets to Macau, Spore, Perth to Gamble

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Feb 10, Ex-Minister Tells Rosmah’s Trial: I Wasn’t Bribed, Simply Followed Najib’s Orders

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