Extraordinary day in court for Najib and wife

 Extraordinary day in court for Najib and wife
Rosmah Mansor, wife of Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak, arrives in court in Kuala Lumpur
PHOTO: The Star/Asia News Network

KUALA LUMPUR - After the end of his case mention at the High Court on Level 5 of the Jalan Duta court complex here, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak walked over to the Sessions Court on the second floor to wait for his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who was in the midst of being charged with money laundering.

Their extraordinary day in court ended with them leaving together, in contrast with their separate arrivals in the morning.

They held hands briefly as they walked to a waiting black Proton Perdana, which then headed out of the complex at around 12.33pm.

Rosmah was brought to the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex at 8.28am, followed by Najib at 8.40am.

A small band of supporters were there from start to finish. When the couple were walking out together after posting part of the bail for Rosmah, the supporters greeted them by crying out "Datuk Seri" and "Datin Seri".

Rosmah's attire and accessories capture attention during questioning

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    Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor has pleaded not guilty to all 17 charges of money laundering involving about RM7mil at the Sessions Court here Thursday (Oct 4).

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    The charges framed against her are under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (AMLATFPUAA) 2001.

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    Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor was arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). According to her lawyers, she was arrested at 3.20pm while giving her statement at its headquarters here.

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    Rosmah had arrived at the MACC headquarters at 10.42am earlier on Wednesday (Oct 3). Clad in a light green baju kurung and matching headscarf, Rosmah looked calm as she walked past the gathered media.

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    The latest interrogation of the former Malaysian PM's wife by the country's anti-corruption officers is believed to evolve around the 1MDB scandal.

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    Ros­mah emerged from the MACC headquarters on Wed after a 13-hour interrogation. Although she looked exhausted, the 66-year-old afforded a meek smile to waiting journalists outside the building.

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    Her attire and accessories were the centre of attention on Sept 26, as she had colour coordinated her green baju kurung and tudung with a Loewe designer handbag and wedge shoes.

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    Rosmah looked calm when she alighted from a Proton Perdana and walked past a horde of journalists who converged outside the MACC building earlier in the morning.

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    This was the second time Rosmah had been questioned by the MACC.

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    The last time out, she wore a blue baju kurung and red tudung, with her bright red Versace handbag drawing the most stares.

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    The last time out, she wore a blue baju kurung and red tudung, with her bright red Versace handbag drawing the most stares.

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    Rosmah was questioned for about five hours by MACC investigators on June 5 over a probe into SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) subsidiary.

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    This time round, she entered the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters at 9.50am on Sept 26 and emerged at 10.40pm.

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    Last Thursday (Sept 20), Najib was slapped with 25 fresh corruption and money-laundering charges. He was granted bail of RM3.5 million (S$1.15 million) with two sureties in his latest court case.

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    Investigators have not ruled out that Najib as well as other individuals could be faced with even more charges related to the 1MDB case.

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    The United States Department of Justice has alleged that more than US$4.5bil (RM18bil) was misappropriated from 1MDB and that about US$680 million (S$929 million) ended up in Najib’s personal bank account.

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The former prime minister and his wife did not address the press, but appeared jovial as they made their way to their car.

Flanked by a number of policemen, Najib walked a few steps ahead of his wife.

He smiled and waved animatedly to the dozens of journalists waiting outside the court, at times pausing to smile for the cameras.

Rosmah, who kept her eyes downcast in the morning to avoid the flash of cameras as she walked into the court building, wore sunglasses in the afternoon.

Her face appeared a little red, but she looked cheerful in an orange baju kurung and matching shawl and shoes.

When the press corps asked how she was doing, Rosmah said with a smile: "I am okay."

Apparently aimed at the supporters, she then added, "I love you."

Rosmah had spent Wednesday night in the Malaysian Anti-Corrup­tion Commission (MACC) lock-up. Najib visited her there and posted a status on his Facebook telling her not to lose faith in God.

Actress Ellie Suriaty Omar was among the couple's few supporters seen waiting outside the court complex.

No Umno leaders were there other than controversial blogger Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris, better known as Papagomo, who is part of the Umno Youth exco, and Supreme Council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam.

Najib and Rosmah's youngest son Norashman Najib was also present in court to show support for his mother.

Pressmen from local and international organisations, who had been on the court grounds since 6.45am, easily outnumbered the supporters.

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