Rosmah Sentenced To 10 Years In Jail & RM970 Million Fine For Bribery
The Kuala Lumpur High Court today, 1 September, sentenced Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor to 10 years in prison and fined her RM970 million for bribery
The wife of former prime minister and convicted criminal Datuk Seri Najib Razak was found guilty on all three counts of graft in her RM1.25 billion solar hybrid graft trial involving 369 rural schools in Sarawak.
After reading out the guilty verdict, High Court judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan sentenced Rosmah to 10 years in prison for each of the three bribery charges along with the hefty fine.
While Mazlan sentenced Rosmah's 30-year in jail term to run concurrently, meaning she will only serve 10 years, the judge ruled that the sentence should run consecutively if Rosmah fails to pay her fine
This means that Rosmah is liable to 30 years in prison if she fails to pay her RM970 million fine.
Rosmah's lawyer had earlier asked for a one-day sentence.
To which, lead public prosecutor Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram urged the High Court to take into consideration the gravity of the offence, saying, "If just a day's jail is imposed, it will send the wrong message".
Upon hearing this, Rosmah remarked, "Might as well kill me."
Rosmah, however, is not going to jail just yet
Judge Mazlan allowed the defence's bid to stay the execution of imprisonment and fine pending her appeal to the Court of Appeal. She can appeal the decision in two higher courts.
If she loses her first appeal at the Court of Appeal, Rosmah can go to the Federal Court.
Earlier, in a last-minute bid to postpone the verdict, Rosmah filed an application to recuse the High Court judge overseeing her trial: