KUALA LUMPUR: Jepak Holdings managing director Saidi Abang Samsudin did not directly hand over to Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor (pic) any package or bag containing RM1.5mil in cash, in return for helping the company obtain a hybrid solar project for 369 rural schools in Sarawak, the High Court heard.
Rayyan Radzwill Abdullah, 41, a business partner to Saidi also agreed with the suggestion of Rosmah’s lawyer, Datuk Akberdin Abdul Kader, that Saidi did not express the words “Datin, this (bag) contains RM1.5mil in cash as payment for the solar project” during a meeting at the house of the ex-prime minister’s wife in Langgak Duta on Sept 7,2017.
Rayyan Radzwill said this during cross-examination by Akberdin at the trial of Rosmah, 68, who faces one count of soliciting RM187.5mil and two counts of receiving RM6.5mil in bribes from Saidi in connection with the solar energy project.
The bribes were allegedly received through Rizal, as a reward for helping Jepak Holdings secure the Hybrid Photovoltaic Solar System Integrated Project as well as the maintenance and operation of diesel gen-sets for 369 Sarawak rural schools worth RM1.25bil from the MOE through direct negotiation.
The acts were allegedly committed at Sunway Putra Mall; Rosmah’s residence in Taman Duta and at Seri Perdana in Putrajaya between January 2016 and Sept 2017.
According to Rayyan Radzwill, he had no knowledge of the contents of the two backpacks allegedly placed by Saidi’s personal driver beside the green sofa in the living room of Rosmah’s house, and never saw the money placed in the two bags.
However, the witness agreed with Akberdin’s suggestion that he only found out that the two backpacks contained RM1.5mil in cash after being told by Saidi while they were leaving the house of the former prime minister’s wife.
During re-examination by Senior DPP Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram, Rayyan Radzwill said Rosmah never protested when Saidi informed that money would be given to her based on the progress of the solar hybrid project, and the witness agreed with Sri Ram’s suggestion that Rosmah answered “okaylah” when informed about the payment.
The witness also told the court that Saidi had paid for the umrah trip for Datuk Rizal Mansor and his family after being pressured to do so by Rizal, who is also Rosmah’s former aide.
He said Rizal had also pressured him to ask Saidi for money.
The witness, who is also Nanocarb Technology Sdn Bhd director, also agreed with Akberdin’s suggestion that he had, on several occasions, advised Saidi to be wary of Rizal who had been soliciting money by using Rosmah’s name.
“Do you agree that before and after Saidi informed you about the RM5mil issue on Dec 20,2016, Rizal had also solicited another RM25mil and RM500,000?, ” Akberdin asked to which Rayyan Radzwill answered: “Yes, correct.”
He said Rizal might have taken the money for himself.
“Agree or not that this doubt exists because you were not convinced that Rizal had given RM5mil to Rosmah, but instead had taken it for himself, ” Akberdin asked and Rayyan Radzwill answered: “Yes”.
The trial continues today. — Bernama
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