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.
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 over 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 (CPC).
“I, therefore, order for the money laundering case to be tried on its own,” Justice Mohamed Zaini said yesterday.
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.
“I am satisfied these two cases have fulfilled their criteria to be jointly tried,” Justice Mohamed Zaini added.
For Rosmah’s and Rizal’s case, the court fixed hearing dates in February (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, she was hauled to the court for the second time to face graft charges involving RM187.5mil over a 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.