KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here has allowed the prosecution to withdraw its application to transfer the case of Datuk Rizal Mansor, who is facing four corruption charges relating to a solar hybrid systems project for rural schools in Sarawak, to be tried together with Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor's case.
High Court judge Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah made the ruling after hearing a submission by DPP Ahmad Akram Gharib.
Ahmad Akram said the application for a joint trial that they had filed earlier had “some error”.
“This necessitates us to withdraw the application.
“We would like to withdraw the application with the ability to file it afresh,” he said here Friday (Feb 8).
Ahmad Akram also said the court could use its power of discretion (suo motu) to transfer the case directly to High Court judge Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan, who is currently presiding over Rosmah's case.
“I submit that the power to transfer to any court is under Section 25(2) of the Court of Judicature Act 1964,” he said.
Lawyer Ridha Abdah Subri, who represented Rizal, said he had no objection to the prosecution's request.
Justice Sequerah then allowed the prosecution's application to withdraw the transfer with the ability to file afresh.
“The case remains here,” he said.
On Nov 15 last year, Rizal claimed trial to four charges of corruption at the Sessions Court here.
The former aide to the wife of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had allegedly solicited RM212.5mil and received bribes amounting to RM5.5mil on behalf of Rosmah and himself in assisting Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd to obtain the project to supply diesel, repair generators, and provide solar hybrid systems to 369 rural schools in Sarawak.
The first and second charges were for soliciting RM187.5mil from Jepak Holdings managing director Saidi Abang Samsudin on behalf of Rosmah and RM25mil for himself as an inducement in ensuring that the company received the project.
The third and fourth charges were for corruptly receiving RM5mil on behalf of Rosmah and RM500,000 for himself.
Rizal allegedly received the money from Saidi between March and December 2016.