Rosmah not linked to 1MDB scandal in any way, say lawyers

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PETALING JAYA - Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor is in no way linked to the 1Malaysia Develop­ment Bhd (1MDB) scandal, say her lawyers.

"We would like to reiterate here that our client had no links, nor any direct and indirect roles with the day-to-day operations of the said company, more so its financial management or those who were appointed to oversee the firm," Datuk K. Kumaraendran and Datuk Geethan Ram Vincent, the lawyers representing Rosmah, said in a statement yesterday.

They were responding to a report by the Wall Street Journal, which claimed that Rosmah had played a central role in the state investment arm's corruption scandal.

According to the lawyers' statement, Rosmah stayed away from matters dealt by her husband, former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The statement also stressed that Rosmah had never influenced the outcome of any executive decisions made.

"Therefore, linking Rosmah directly to 1MDB and piling accusations against her, we are afraid, is an attempt to influence the outcome of the investigations which are currently underway and at worst, to tarnish Datin Seri Rosmah's image.

"We are of the opinion that this is a pure trial by media, expounded further by the court of public opinion," it said.

The lawyers added that Rosmah would continue to co-operate with authorities investigating the matter.

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Malaysian police search places linked to ousted PM Najib

  • The cash and items seized from the six residences linked to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak amounted to between RM900 million (S$304 million) and RM1.1 billion, say the police.
  • He said that more than 12,000 pieces of jewellery - comprising 2,200 rings, 1,400 necklaces, 2,100 bracelets, 2,800 pairs of earrings,1,600 brooches and 14 tiaras were seized.
  • He added that this was the biggest seizure in Malaysian history.
  • Najib's wife Rosmah Mansor arrived at the headquarters of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to have her statement recorded in connection with a suspicious transfer of about $10.6 million (S$14.2 million) from the former 1MDB unit SRC International.
  • The sum is just a fraction of the billions of dollars allegedly siphoned from 1MDB, the state fund that Najib set up, in a scandal that dogged the last three years of his near-decade-long rule and was a key reason why he was voted out in a May 9 election.
  • M. Puravalen, a lawyer acting for Najib and Rosmah in connection with the SRC investigations, told Reuters on Tuesday he had "ceased acting" for Najib and Rosmah.
  • He said a second lawyer, Yusof Zainal Abideen, had also quit.
  • Puravalen, Abideen and other members of their legal team were reported to have walked out because they failed to reach common ground with Najib on several issues.
  • Najib has already made a series of statements to anti-graft investigators
  • but attention has shifted to his wife after police discovered hundreds of luxury handbags and a stash of jewelry and cash during raids on apartments linked to Najib and his family.
  • Malaysian police have seized 284 boxes filled with designer handbags, watches, jewellery and cash in various currencies from three luxury condominiums.
  • Comm Amar said the designer handbags were of various brands including Louis Vuitton and Birkin bags from Hermes.
  • He added that it was impossible for police to estimate the value of the items seized because there were just too many items and cash seized.
  • He also said that the apartment was not owned by Najib but a "Tan Sri".
  • Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Comm Datuk Seri Amar Singh, who led the raids at Pavilion Residences here said this was part of its investigations into 1MDB.
  • This follows a police check of six locations linked to former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak here and in Putrajaya, including the Prime Minister's Office, his official residence as well as four other residences.
  • When asked whether Najib would be arrested, he said: "There is no indication that they (the police) will do it."
  • He said Najib and his family were cooperative with police. "They (the police) also acted professionally," he said.
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