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Court releases Rosmah’s passport for Singapore family trip
Published on: Tuesday, March 21, 2023
By: FMT, V Anbalagan
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Court releases Rosmah’s passport for Singapore family trip
Rosmah Mansor’s passport has been released for her to travel to Singapore between March 23 and May 6.
PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal today allowed the temporary release of Rosmah Mansor’s passport for her to be in Singapore to meet her daughter, Nooryana Najwa Najib and a grandson who is unwell.

A three-member bench chaired by Justice Kamaludin Said made the order after hearing submissions from Rosmah’s lawyer, Jagjit Singh.

Deputy public prosecutor Poh Yih Tinn did not object to the application.

Kamaludin said the passport will be released today for Rosmah to be in Singapore between March 23 and May 6.

“In view of there being no objection from the prosecution, this application is unanimously allowed,” said Kamaludin, who sat with Justices Hadhariah Syed Ismail and Azman Abdullah.

Rosmah is required to surrender her passport to the court on or by May 10.

On Sept 1 last year, Rosmah, 71, was convicted of soliciting RM187.5 million from former Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd managing director Saidi Abang Samsudin through her former aide, Rizal Mansor, as an inducement to help the company secure the RM1.25 billion Sarawak rural schools’ solar energy project.

She was also convicted of receiving bribes amounting to RM5 million from Saidi, through Rizal, at Seri Perdana in Putrajaya on Dec 20, 2016, and another charge of receiving RM1.5 million from Saidi at Jalan Langgak Duta on Sept 7, 2017.

Trial judge Zaini Mazlan sentenced her to 10-year jail terms on all three charges, but ordered that they run concurrently.

The High Court said Rosmah will have to serve another 10 years in prison after she completes her initial 10-year sentence if she fails to pay the RM970 million fine.

Rosmah is out on RM1 million bail pending the hearing of her appeal, scheduled for July 11.

Separately, she is standing trial on 12 money laundering charges involving RM7.09 million and five charges of failing to declare her income to the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN).

The trial is scheduled to commence on May 12.

This is the second time that Rosmah is making an application for release of her passport. The first application was made on Oct 15, 2021, also for her to be in Singapore.

Nooryana is married to Daniyar Kessikbayev, a Kazakhstan national. The couple and their two sons now reside in Singapore.

In the current motion filed on March 6, the wife of jailed former prime minister Najib Razak said she requires to travel to Singapore as one of her grandsons is sick.

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