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October hearing on Rosmah solar energy project corruption appeal

Publication date: Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Posted by: FMT



Rosmah Mansour is seeking to disqualify Judge Zaini Mazlan from hearing the case because certain “third parties” drafted the judgment on his behalf.

Putrajaya: The Court of Appeal has fixed a two-day hearing in October for Rosmah Mansor’s appeal against her RM1.25 billion conviction and sentence in the Sarawak local school solar energy project corruption case. Lawyer Akberuddin Abdul Kader said that the deputy registrar of the court, Nur Firdaus Rosli, had decided on October 23 and 24 during today’s case management.

The lawyer said the court would first hear Rosmah’s appeal against Judge Zaini Mazlan’s refusal to hear the case on the grounds that certain “third parties” had allegedly drafted the judgment on his behalf. “If the recusal is not granted, a substantive appeal will be heard,” he told FMT. On July 7 last year, the three-member tribunal, chaired by Justice Aziza Nawawi, before the Federal Court challenged the appointment of the late Gopal Sri Ram as special public prosecutor in the case. , stayed the appeal pending the outcome of another appeal. Rosmah’s two-year legal battle over the issue ended with a three-judge federal court chaired by Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals Abban Iskandar Aban Hashim, who ruled that Rosmah had not met the standard of leave to appeal the case as required by law. It was concluded last month after stating that it did not meet the requirements. To the top court.

Lawyer Jagjit Singh appeared for Rosmah and deputy public prosecutor K. Mangai appeared for the prosecution in today’s case. On September 1, 2022, Mr. Zaini rejected Mr. Rosmah’s application for an injunction to prevent the previous judge from presiding.

Rosmah, the wife of former Prime Minister Najib Razak, had called for Zaini to be disqualified after blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin published what was said to be a draft of Zaini’s ruling. She argued that the judge should not preside over the case because the draft judgment was prepared by a third party, not Zaini, and she has lost confidence in the judge. Mr Zaini rejected the application. On the same day, Zaini received RM187.5 million from former Jepak Holdings Managing Director Saidi Abang Samsuddin through his former aide Rizal Mansor as a solicitation to help the company secure a solar power project. He was found guilty of demanding it. She was also found guilty of accepting a bribe of RM5 million from Saidi through Rizal on December 20, 2016 in Seri Perdana, Putrajaya, and on September 7, 2017 in Jalan Langak Duta. He was also found guilty on another charge of receiving RM1.5 million from Saidi. She sentenced her to 10 years in prison for each of her three charges, but ordered the charges to run concurrently. He also ordered her to pay a fine of RM970 million. The court said that if Rosmah fails to pay the fine, she will be sentenced to an additional 10 years in prison at the end of her first sentence.

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