Rosmah's corruption trial vacated as lawyer seeks medical treatment for fall

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  • Thursday, 06 Aug 2020

Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor. - Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The High Court here vacated Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor's corruption trial in connection with the supply and installation of solar energy at 369 rural schools in Sarawak as her defence counsel has to seek medical treatment.

In a short proceeding, lawyer Azrul Zulkifli Stork told presiding judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan, that he had a fall the night before and his condition was worsening.

"I had a fall in my condo. My condition is worsening and I need to apply to the court to vacate today's trial as I need to visit the doctor," he said on Thursday (Aug 6).

Azrul was supposed to cross-examine the 17th prosecution witness, Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd managing director Saidi Abang Samsudin, 61.

Senior Deputy Public Prosecutor Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram, who is a former Federal Court judge, did not object to the defence's application.

"Well, he's not well, counsel's words are like gold, no objection to vacate," he said.

Justice Mohamed Zaini, in allowing the trial to be vacated, said the proceedings would resume on Aug 7.

Rosmah, 69, clad in a yellow baju kurung and scarf, was present in the courtroom.

Lead defence counsel Datuk Jagjit Singh, when met by reporters later, said that the defence would take about two days to cross-examine Saidi as he is the key witness in the trial.

The wife of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is facing one charge of soliciting RM187.5mil and two counts of receiving bribes totalling RM6.5mil from Saidi.

The bribes were allegedly received through her former aide, Datuk Rizal Mansor, as a reward for helping Jepak Holdings secure the Hybrid Photovoltaic Solar System Integrated Project, as well as the maintenance and operation of diesel generator sets for 369 Sarawak rural schools worth RM1.25bil from the Education Ministry through direct negotiation.

The acts were allegedly committed at Lygon Cafe, Sunway Putra Mall, Jalan Putra here; Rosmah's residence at Jalan Langgak Duta, Taman Duta and at Seri Perdana, Persiaran Seri Perdana, Precinct 10, Putrajaya between January 2016 and Sept 2017.

Rosmah was charged under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act (MACC), and faces imprisonment up to 20 years and fine of not less than five times the amount of the gratification or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction. – Bernama

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