Witness on quarantine, Rosmah’s solar hybrid trial postponed to Feb 15


KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court decide presiding over the corruption case of Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who’s on trial over bribery expenses involving a solar hybrid venture in Sarawak, has reminded the defence to prioritise the case.

Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan urged the defence staff to clear their schedules and make method for the listening to because the courtroom had to repair one other date for the final defence witness to take the stand.

The listening to, which ought to have been on its remaining day, had to be adjourned because the witness Datuk Seri Siti Azizah Sheikh Abod, 72, was underneath house surveillance till Feb 5 upon her return from umrah in Mekah.

“That modifications every thing. It is meant to be the final day of the trial,” stated the decide who was visibly upset.

Rosmah’s lawyer Azrul Zulkifli Stork had knowledgeable the courtroom that Siti Azizah’s flight from Abu Dhabi to Kuala Lumpur on Jan 27 was cancelled and rescheduled to Jan 29.

Siti Azizah was initially anticipated to come again on Jan 28 and end her quarantine on Feb 3.

“She is on a seven-day quarantine. Since she got here again on Jan 29, she remains to be in quarantine as we speak,” Azrul stated.

Justice Mohamed Zaini accepted the reason and glued Feb 15 for the listening to to resume.

“It (the trial) should end on this present day,” he stated.

Lead prosecutor Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram advised the decide that the prosecution wouldn’t take lengthy with its cross-examination.

“If it’s any comfort, I’ll solely take an hour and a half (for cross-examination),” Sri Ram stated.

Justice Mohamed Zaini advised events that the listening to should take precedence.

“I do know you all are busy counsels, you have got busy issues, however I urge you to write to the courts and adjourn your issues.

“This matter is to be given precedence. It’s a legal matter, it is the final witness,” he added.

Siti Azizah, who was Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s particular officer in control of Rosmah’s each day programmes because the spouse of the then prime minister, was anticipated to be cross-examined by the prosecution.

She was the second and remaining defence witness after Najib was dropped from the witness listing whereas Rosmah was the primary witness to testify on the defence trial.

Rosmah was on trial for a cost of soliciting RM187.5mil and two counts of receiving bribes totalling RM6.5mil from Jepak Holdings managing director Saidi Abang Samsudin, via her former aide Datuk Rizal Mansor, involving the RM1.25bil solar hybrid venture in Sarawak.

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