‘I have nothing to say’ – Rosmah Mansor
KUALA LUMPUR: Isteri bekas Perdana Menteri, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor hari ini berkata tiada apa yang ingin diperkatakan berhubung dakwaan audio rakaman mirip suara beliau yang didedahkan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) di Putrajaya, hari ini.
“I have nothing to say,” kata Rosmah ketika ditanya wartawan jika beliau akan mengambil tindakan undang-undang terhadap SPRM.
MACC’s revelation of nine audio recordings from Najib Abdul Razak’s tapped phone conversations was sub judice and contempt of court, claimed lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.
The counsel who is representing Najib in his ongoing criminal trials related to 1MDB, said they are considering to initiate contempt action against the agency and its chief Latheefa Koya.
“You can see there are two or three cases these recordings seem to pertain. Clearly SRC is involved, 1MDB is involved. And the other case is Riza Aziz’s matter which is also in court.
“Releasing the tape now and discussing in public in media release is, in fact, a sub judice and in fact a contempt. We are seriously contemplating contempt action against MACC, in particular, Latheefa Koya,” he told reporters when met at the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex this evening.
Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak said the audio clips released by the MACC today did not depict him being “scolded” by his wife Rosmah Mansor.
“Scolded? There was no scolding. Conversations between my wife and I are private. You talk to your wife too right? What’s wrong about it?
“It is the right of every citizen to discuss anything, as long as (spouses) do it in private.
“(Spouses) discussing whatever happens in everyday affairs is a normal thing,” he said when met at the Kuala Lumpur High Court today.
Najib did not explicitly confirm or deny the authenticity of the audio clip which allegedly depicted an irate Rosmah “advising” him.
The person who sounded like Rosmah in the audio clip also claimed that she and Najib were being portrayed as “villains” and made suggestions on how to deal with Emirates royal family associate Khaldoon Al Mubarak.
At one point, the person who sounded like Rosmah said: “Darling, you are the prime minister. You should take charge, not anybody else.”
When a reporter suggested that Rosmah appeared to be “advising” Najib in the audio clip, the former prime minister said she was free to do so.
“Everyone can air their views (to me). No problem. But I am the one who decides,” said Najib.
Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak claims to be vindicated by the tapped phone calls released by the MACC this morning.
Referring to the recorded phone conversations between him and United Arab Emirates crown prince Mohammed Zayed Al Nahyan on July 22, 2016, he said the recordings proved he had not been lying about the 1MDB scandal.
Najib (photo) said it showed an attempt to resolve the 1MDB matter amicably between the two countries, and that he and his stepson Riza Shahriz Abdul Aziz were unaware of the source of the funds invested in Riza’s company Red Granite Pictures.
“What happened was that after Riza started repaying the investments, the company Aabar BVI was closed in late 2014.
“So, Riza and I asked for a new agreement from the Abu Dhabi government so that Riza could continue repaying the investment according to schedule.
“The main goal was to resolve the repayment of the investment because Riza did not want anything to do with problematic funds.
“The new deal I requested was not a cover-up, because it wouldn’t make sense for the (US) Department of Justice to believe a document signed in 2016 and backdated to 2012 when Riza started receiving the funds, because there was already an original investment agreement at the time,” he wrote in a Facebook post today.
He said the MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya had slandered him by alleging a conspiracy to cover up the 1MDB scandal.
“This is very strange because the MACC is aware of the original investment agreement in 2012 from Aabar BVI, which was signed by the Aabar CEO when they started investing in Riza’s film,” he said.
Aabar BVI was a firm established in the British Virgin Islands by Aabar Investments PJS CEO Mohamed Ahmed Badawy al-Husseiny and Khadem al-Qubaisi, the latter of whom is the International Petroleum Investment Company managing director.
The DOJ previously alleged that despite the similar names and being run by the same personalities, Aabar BVI is not related to the IPIC subsidiary Aabar. This was done to siphon 1MDB funds.
It said some of the money had landed in Riza’s studio to produce films such as The Wolf of Wall Street and Dumb and Dumber To.
The DOJ and Red Granite Pictures eventually settled its 1MDB-linked civil forfeiture suits after the latter paid US$60 million, plus interest, without admitting liability or wrongdoing.
Najib, meanwhile, had disputed the DOJ’s assertions.
As for the recordings, Najib said his lawyer has proposed asking the MACC to tender them in court as evidence in his and Riza’s 1MDB-related cases because it would help in their cases.
“However, before being used in court, it must first be verified as authentic and done according to law, including whether there is an element of mala fide when the recording was made,” he said.
Earlier, Najib’s lead counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said recordings produced anonymously would not be admissible in court.