Rosmah Mansor has denied claims that she was “ordered out” of the courtroom this morning where her husband and former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak was on trial for the SRC International case.
In a statement today, she said that she had left of her own accord.
“I want to categorically state that I was not at any point, booted out of the court, or forced or ordered to leave the proceeding as some reports had inaccurately stated.
“I was present at the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex this morning for my own case matter, after which I attended Najib's.
“The DPP handling Najib’s case, upon realising my presence, had informed that High Court judge about it, saying that as I will be a potential witness, I should not be present at the ongoing trial.
“Upon hearing the justification, as a law abiding citizen, I decided to leave immediately, on my own, without any coercion or order,” she said.
Earlier today, Rosmah had entered the courtroom while Najib’s lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah was cross-examining former SRC International chairperson Ismee Ismail.
This prompted DPP V Sithambaram to ask judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali if it was appropriate for her to be present as Rosmah was a potential witness in the case.
Shafee told the court that he would leave the decision to Mohd Nazlan.
Rosmah then stood up and left the room with her lawyer K Kumaraendran.