Rosmah should be jailed to ensure attendance – Gopal Sri Ram

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Chief Prosecutor Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram arrives at the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex for the court case involving Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on the solar energy supply and installation project to 369 rural schools in Sarawak. PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette / 03 FEBRUARY 2020
Chief Prosecutor Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram arrives at the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex for the court case involving Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on the solar energy supply and installation project to 369 rural schools in Sarawak. PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette / 03 FEBRUARY 2020

By Kasthuri Jeevendran

KUALA LUMPUR – The prosecution team for Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor’s graft trial was disappointed and alleged that the wife of former Prime Minister had used health issue as an excuse for not attending the proceeding at the very last minute.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram, who was scheduled to read his opening statement to the case repeatedly said that Rosmah’s action was as if she wanted to avoid attending the trial.

The former Sessions Court Chief Justice also said that Rosmah should be arrested and imprisoned so that the ‘excuse’ would not be used for not attending court again.

“This is unacceptable at all. The diagnosis written in doctor’s report such as dizziness and body pain are among the things I am suffering from too.

“To me, she is suffering from nothing more than the pain of over publicity and wealth. That’s all,” he raised his voice before High Court Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan.

Rosmah, who was supposed to attend the first day of her proceeding sent a medical letter on her sickness to the prosecution team and the judge as she was suffering from cervical spondylodis and osteoporosis besides other health issues.

The medical certification was issued and verified by the doctor on 2 February.

However, the certificate was questioned by Gopal Sri Ram who repeatedly alleged that the accused and caused her defence counsel, Datuk Jagjit Singh to lose his patience.

According to him, in reality, his client is suffering from chronic health issues which caused her to be unable to be present on the first day of her trial, without any hidden agenda.

“Actually, the prosecutor went too much with his words and it is weird when he talked about sincerity and transparency.

“In that case, I would also like to ask what happened to Datuk Rizal Mansor, who was supposed to be jointly-charged but his case was dropped at the very last minute? What do you mean by sincerity?

“I have told you, my client cannot attend the trial because she has health issues,” he emphasized.

Rosmah is facing three graft charges over the solar hybrid project for 369 rural schools in Sarawak.

She was charged for abetting to receive RM187.5 million from the Managing Director of Urusan Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd, Saidi Abang Samsudin through her former special aide, Rizal Mansor.

The court is adjourned to Wednesday. -MalaysiaGazette

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