Kuala Lumpur: The prosecution was asked today by a High Court judge presiding over Rosmah Mansor’s money laundering trial if it had thought about asking another judge to hear the case.
Rosmah’s corruption trial in connection with the RM1.25 billion solar project for Sarawak schools is also being heard by Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan.
As Rosmah’s money laundering case was listed today, Zaini made the suggestion to prosecution and defence lawyers.
Didn’t you think about getting another judge? Think of it. Otherwise we’ll leave it here,’ he said.
Rosmah is responsible for 17 money laundering and tax evasion counts involving a total of RM7.09 million. To make way for her corruption case, the money laundering trial was put on hold.
Geethan Ram Vincent, Rosmah’s counsel, said he understood that Zaini had scheduled Feb 10 for submissions in the corruption case.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Poh Yin Tinn advised the court that on the recommendation of the judge, they should consult with the lead prosecutor, Gopal Sri Ram.
“We have no instruction (to have the case heard before another judge) for now,” he said.
Zaini then fixed Feb 25 for further case mention of the money laundering case.
Last week, the prosecution wrapped up the corruption case against the former prime minister’s wife after calling 23 witnesses.
Rosmah faces three counts of corruption for allegedly soliciting RM187.5 million from Saidi Abang Samsudin, managing director of Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd, as an inducement to help the company secure a solar project for 369 rural schools in Sarawak, costing RM1.25 billion, through direct negotiation with the education ministry.
She is also accused of receiving bribes amounting to RM6.5 million from Saidi between 2016 and 2017.
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