Rosmah to testify for defence in June

The prosecution had succeeded in proving a prima facie case against the accused in respect of all the charges

by RAHIMI YUNUS / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

DATIN Seri Rosmah Mansor (picture) will testify in her graft trial in June relating to the RM1.25 billion solar and genset project for 369 schools in Sarawak after the High Court ordered her to enter defence on all three charges.

Kuala Lumpur High Court Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan has ruled that the prosecution had succeeded in proving a prima facie case against the accused in respect of all the charges.

“It is my findings that the prosecution has adduced credible evidence to prove every element of the offences under all three charges, which, if unrebutted or unexplained, would warrant a conviction.

“I, therefore, call upon the accused to enter her defence,” Mohamed Zaini said yesterday.

Rosmah, 69, has been slapped with three charges — one count of soliciting RM187.5 million from Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd MD Saidi Abang Samsudin through her former aide Datuk Rizal Mansor as an inducement to obtain the solar project from the Education Ministry; one count of corruptly receiving RM1.5 million cash from Saidi as a reward; and one more count of receiving RM5 million cash from Saidi.

The wife of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak had chosen to give evidence on oath in the witness box and will be subject to cross-examination by prosecutors in the defence case soon.

The prosecution is led by former Federal Court Judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram and assisted by Deputy Public Prosecutor Ahmad Akram Abdul Gharib.

Mohamed Zaini has fixed nine days for the hearing, starting on June 9, followed by June 10, 15-17, 22-23, and July 12 and 15.

The defence said they had in mind to call in about five to six witnesses, not including witnesses who were offered by the prosecution which has Najib in the list.

Najib accompanied Rosmah in the courtroom yesterday for moral support.

Rosmah looked composed throughout the proceeding, however, she was reportedly upset and distressed over the results.

Defence counsel Jagjit says the defence team was saddened by the outcome and disappointed as the judge did not propose to give a summary of his findings at this stage – pic by BERNAMA

Defence counsel Datuk Jagjit Singh said Rosmah was “frankly emotionally upset” and distressed.

“We had to comfort her a little bit. We just told her to go home and relax,” he told reporters outside the court.

Jagjit said the defence team was saddened by the outcome and disappointed as the judge did not propose to give a summary of his findings at this stage.

Earlier in the proceeding, Mohamed Zaini ruled that the audio recording — which was previously released by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, better known as the “Can I advise you something?” audio clip — and its transcription are admissible in evidence.

This was the judge’s second ruling on the audio clip as he had initially dismissed the prosecution’s application to admit it as evidence on Dec 11 last year.

Previously, the prosecution made the submission to the court for it to revisit its application and review the earlier ruling.

The audio recording was played at the court by the prosecution when former Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid took the witness stand.


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Rosmah ordered to enter defence in graft trial