Rosmah, Rizal to face graft trial over Sarawak solar hybrid project next February


KUALA LUMPUR: The graft cases involving Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and her husband’s special officer Datuk Rizal Mansor relating to a solar hybrid project for rural schools in Sarawak will be jointly tried at the High Court in February next year.

Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan fixed the date after allowing the prosecution’s application for the two cases to be tried together before him.

The court, however, ordered for Rosmah’s money-laundering charges involving more than RM7mil to be heard separately.

“I am of the view that based on the charges in Rosmah’s solar and money-laundering cases, there is simply not enough to satisfy the criteria of Section 165 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

“I therefore order the money-laundering case to be tried on its own,” Justice Mohamed Zaini said here Thursday (May 30).

Regarding the cases involving Rosmah and Rizal relating to the solar hybrid project, the court was of the opinion that the two should be tried together.

“Solar case, I am satisfied these two cases have fulfilled their criteria to be jointly tried,” he said.

Section 165 of the CPC refers to trial for more than one offence.

For Rosmah and Rizal’s case, the court fixed hearing dates in Feb (3-6, 10-13, 17-20), March (9-12), and April (6-9, 13-16, 20-23, 27-30), with the exception of Fridays.

For the money laundering case, the hearing dates are in May (11-14,18-21), June (29-30) and July (1, 2, 6-9, 13-16).

On Oct 4, last year, Rosmah was charged with 17 counts of money laundering amounting to more than RM7mil.

On Nov 15 last year, she was hauled to the court for the second time to face graft charges involving RM187.5mil over solar hybrid project for 369 rural schools in Sarawak.

Meanwhile, Rizal was charged with four counts of graft.

He 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.


   

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