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Malaysian Court of Appeal grants Najib’s wife temporary passport release for family visit in Singapore

MALAYSIA — The Malaysian Court of Appeal has granted Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor’s passport temporary release for the third time, enabling her to visit her daughter and grandson in Singapore.

A three-member bench, led by Justice P Ravinthran, made this decision on (15 June) following submissions from Rosmah’s lawyer, Jagjit Singh.

Justice P Ravinthran stated, “In view of there being no objection from the prosecution, this application is allowed.”

Rosmah, the wife of Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Najib Razak, will have her passport released for her visit to Singapore from 15 June to 7 July.

She is required to surrender her passport to the court by or on 7 July.

On 2 June, Rosmah filed a notice of motion through her legal representatives, requesting the temporary release of her passport for the third time.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Poh Yih Tinn did not oppose the application.

Previously, her passport had been held by the court as part of her bail conditions related to a bribery case involving a hybrid power supply deal for rural schools in Sarawak.

On 15 October 2021, she was initially granted temporary access to her passport when she traveled to Singapore to support her daughter during childbirth.

On 21 March of this year, she was granted the temporary release of her passport to visit her daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren, one of whom was ill at the time.

In September 2022, she was sentenced to 10 years in jail and fined RM970 million (US$217 million).

The appeal against Rosmah’s corruption conviction is scheduled to take place over four days, starting from 11 July.

Rosmah faces other money laundering charges

If the attorney-general rejects the representations filed on Rosmah’s behalf requesting the charges to be dropped, she will face another trial on 24 August this year.

The trial involves 12 charges of money laundering amounting to RM7.09 million and five charges of failing to declare her income to the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN).

Najib, her husband, is currently serving a 12-year jail term and has been fined RM210 million after being found guilty of abuse of power, criminal breach of trust, and money laundering in the SRC International Sdn Bhd case.


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