KUALA LUMPUR – The corruption trial on the supply and installation of solar energy for 369 rural schools in Sarawak involving Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor resumes today.
Rosmah, the wife of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is charged for with soliciting RM187.5 million from Saidi Abang Samsudin, the Managing Director of Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd as an inducement to help the company secure a solar hybrid project for the schools in Sarawak. She is also charged for receiving RM6.5 million from Saidi.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Poh Yih Tinn will be calling nine other witnesses to testify in the trial and three other witness statements will be submitted to the defence by the end of this month.
12 prosecution witnesses have testified previously and the defence will continue will their cross-examination on the 12th witness, former Secretary-General of the Ministry of Education (MOE), Datuk Seri Alias Ahmad.
Nevertheless, MalaysiaGazette was told that Rosmah could request for the trial to be postponed while waiting for her application to push ad hoc Public Prosecutor, Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram to present his license to prosecute.
Her lawyer, Datuk Akberdin Abdul Kadir revealed that the defence had submitted Rosmah’s application last Wednesday.
Sri Ram is alleged to not produce the certificate before the trial started and the defence insisted that the certificate should be submitted to Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan.
Sri Ram, a former Federal Court Judge was appointed as the Public Prosecutor on 31 August 2018 to oversee investigations and lead the prosecution team in 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) trials involving Najib and others. He is also tasked to lead the prosecution case for Rosmah’s corruption trial.
Rosmah is facing charges on receiving gratification from Saidi through her former aide, Datuk Rizal Mansor as an inducement to help Jepak Holdings in obtaining the Hybrid Photovoltaic Solar System Integrated Project and Maintenance and Operation of Genset/Deisel, a solar hybrid project for 369 rural schools in Sarawak through a direct negotiation deal from the MOE.
She is charged under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 carries a maximum jail term of 20 years with a fine of up to five times the value of the graft or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction.
Rosmah was earlier jointly charged with Rizal, who faces four charges of soliciting and receiving bribes on behalf of Rosmah over the project.
However, on 8 January, the court discharged and acquitted Rizal after the prosecution withdraw all charges against him. –MalaysiaGazette