Rosmah's corruption trial: Defence claims MACC carried out 'witch-hunt'

KUALA LUMPUR: Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor's (pic) defence counsel claims that she is the victim of "malicious" prosecution with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) targeting her while others in the case have not been charged.

Rosmah's lawyer Datuk Akberdin Abdul Kadir told the court in her corruption trial that the MACC selectively chose not to charge former education minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid and Pekan Umno secretary Datuk Aazmey Abu Talib while charges against Rosmah's former aide Datuk Rizal Mansor were withdrawn.

“These charges are a form of malicious prosecution. It is a witch-hunt as those who were previously charged have had their charges retracted just because the MACC wanted to charge Rosmah," he said.

Akberdin said this during cross-examination of the 23rd prosecution witness - MACC investigating officer Noornabilah Mohd Aziman - during the trial here on Tuesday (Oct 6).

He went on to say that the MACC was "ready" to charge Aazmey with 20 charges but this has yet to happen.

"We have not even talked about Mahdzir yet," he added.

The witness replied that she was only investigating the allegations concerning Rosmah and was not involved in the investigations relating to the other three.

“I am merely investigating Rosmah and was not involved in the other cases,’’ she said.

Akberdin further suggested that the MACC had tarnished its own reputation and integrity by withdrawing the charges against Rizal, who was initially charged in relation to Rosmah's alleged offences.

At this point, ad hoc prosecutor Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram replied that it was the prosecution's power and not the MACC's to pursue or drop criminal charges.

“It is unfair to ask the witness (this). It is up to the prosecutor’s discretion,” he said.

Rosmah, 69, is facing a charge of soliciting RM187.5mil and two counts of receiving a total RM6.5mil bribe from Saidi, through her former aide Datuk Rizal Mansor, in exchange for helping Jepak Holdings obtain the RM1.25bil Sarawak rural school solar energy project.

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

The hearing before Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan continues on Wednesday (Oct 7).

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