Litigation & Court Procedure

High Court allows Prosecution to withdraw Application for Rizal, Rosmah's Joint Trial

Date: 08 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 8 (Bernama) - The HIgh Court today allowed the prosecution to withdraw its application to transfer the case of Datuk Rizal Mansor, who is facing four corruption charges in connection with the solar energy project in Sarawak, to be tried jointly with Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor’s case.

Judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah allowed the application after deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib informed that there was a technical error in the application.

Ahmad Akram said the prosecution was of the view that the application to transfer the case to be heard before Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan should be withdrawn with liberty to file a fresh application.

As such the case would be heard before Judge Collin.

In his submission Ahmad Akram said under Section 25 (2) of the Courts of Judicature Act (CoJA) 1964, the judge also had the discretion to transfer the case directly to any court.

Lawyer Ridha Abdah Subri, representing the former special officer of former Prime Minister, did not object to the withdrawal of the application.

On Nov 15, 2018, Rizal, 45, pleaded not guilty to four counts of soliciting and accepting bribes for himself and Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor amounting to RM5.5 million, involving the supply of equipment and installation of the solar hybrid system for rural schools in Sarawak.

On the first charge, he was accused of soliciting, on behalf of Rosmah, RM187.5 million, which was 15% of the contract value, from Saidi Abang Samsudin, the managing director of Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd.

The money was an inducement for Rosmah to assist the company in securing the Hybrid Photovoltaic System Integrated Project and the maintenance and operation of the gen sets/diesel for 369 rural schools in Sarawak, worth RM1.25 billion through direct negotiation from the Education Ministry.

On the second charge, Rizal was accused of soliciting RM25 million for himself from Saidi to ensure that Rosmah would assist Jepak Holdings with getting the project.

Both offences were allegedly committed at Lygon Cafe, G-24, Ground Floor, Sunway Putra Mall, 100, Jalan Putra, Chow Kit, here, between March and April 2016.

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