Rosmah’s solar graft case appeal hearing postponed

Day in court: Rosmah is currently out on bail pending her appeal in the case.

PUTRAJAYA: Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor’s appeal hearing in her RM1.25bil solar hybrid graft case, initially scheduled for July, has been postponed pending the disposal of her other appeal on Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram’s appointment at the Federal Court.

A Court of Appeal panel led by Justice Azizah Nawawi allowed the application after being informed that there was no objection from the prosecution.

The panel noted that this was the first time the former prime minister’s wife had asked for a postponement due to the pending appeal at the Federal Court to disqualify the late Sri Ram as the lead prosecutor in her case.

“Since there is no objection from the prosecution, we allowed the application,” she said here in an open court proceedings yesterday.

Other judges on the bench were Justices Ahmad Zaidi Ibrahim and S M Komathy.

Earlier, Rosmah’s lawyer Datuk Jagjit Singh said the postponement was to give way to the appeal on Sri Ram’s appointment as a prosecutor at the Federal Court.

Deputy Public Prosecutor K. Mangai told the court that the prosecution was instructed not to object to the application.

The court fixed Sept 18 for the next case management.

On Wednesday, Rosmah filed the appeal at the Federal Court against the Court of Appeal’s dismissal of her application to challenge the appointment of Sri Ram in the solar hybrid project case.

Through the law firm representing her, Messrs Akberdin & Co, Rosmah submitted several legal questions for the court to consider in her application for leave to appeal at the apex court.

On June 22, the Court of Appeal dismissed Rosmah’s appeal for leave to initiate judicial review in her challenge against Sri Ram.

Rosmah claimed that Sri Ram’s appointment as the lead prosecutor in her case was illegal, null and void.

Rosmah’s appeal in her solar hybrid case, where she was sentenced to 10 years in jail and fined RM970mil, was initially scheduled for a four-day hearing beginning July 11.

On Sept 1, 2022, the High Court convicted Rosmah on three counts of graft relating to the RM1.25bil solar hybrid project for 369 rural schools in Sarawak.

She is currently out on bail pending her appeal in the case.

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