Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 25

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Rizal Mansor admits to taking almost RM1 million from Jepak Holdings while working for Rosmah, calls it “political donation”.

Firdaus Latif

Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor’s former aide Datuk Rizal Mansor told the High Court today that he had accepted nearly RM1 million in what he called “political donations” from Jepak Holdings managing director Saidi Abang Samsudin and the latter’s business partner Rayyan Radzwill Abdullah.

Testifying against his former boss who is on trial for corruption, Rizal also admitted to asking RM100,000 from Saidi and Rayyan, of which RM30,000 was paid into the account of his business partner, Datuk Ahmed Farriq Zainul Abiddin.

Under cross-examination from Rosmah’s lead defence lawyer Datuk Jagjit Singh, Rizal disclosed that the duo had also paid partly for his and his entire family’s pilgrimage to Mecca in 2016.

Jagjit asked Rizal if he had “no shame” in using purportedly corrupt monies to fund his umrah through chartered flights and first-class accommodations, to which Rizal merely agreed.

Jagjit: You still got the trip sponsored by Saidi and Rayyan?

Rizal: It was partly sponsored.

Jagjit: So, you made the trip using corrupt funds?

Rizal: It was a political donation.

Jagjit: Oh, it was a political donation; if it was a political donation from the beginning, then the charges would not be laid against you?

Rizal: I disagree.

Rizal was earlier indicted on four charges of seeking and receiving bribes for himself and Rosmah amounting to RM5.5 million involving the project to supply and install rural school solar energy in Sarawak under Section 16(a) (A) of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009.

However, the prosecution withdrew the charges in January prior to the start of the trial in February.

The defence lawyer wanted to know if Rizal had also “cut a deal’’ with the prosecution to testify against Rosmah and for his initial charges to be dropped. – MMO

Earlier reports:

Sept 9, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 24

Aug 19, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 23

Aug 18, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 22

Aug 17, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 21

Aug 5, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 20

Aug 4, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 19

Aug 3, Rosmah’s bribe trial: Day 18

Jul 15. Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 17

Jul 14, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 16

Jul 13, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 15

Mar 12, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 14

Mar 11, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 13

Mar 10, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 12

Mar 9, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 11

Mar 9, Rosmah’s Ex-Aide Rizal Mansor Now in Witness Protection

Feb 20, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day Ten

Feb 20, Witness Tells Rosmah’s Trial Jepak MD Gave RM5 Million to “RM”

Feb 19, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day Nine

Feb 18, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day Eight

Feb 18, Rosmah’s Lawyer Tears into Madinah’s Testimony

Feb 17, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day Seven

Feb 17, Ex-Education Ministry Sec-Gen: Business Partners Fought over RM1.2B Solar Project

Feb 13, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day Six

Feb 13, Mahdzir Denies Hiring Lawyer to Broker Deal with AGC

Feb 12, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day Five

Feb 12, Rosmah’s Refusal to Leave Accused Dock During Lunch Break Prompts Early Adjournment

Feb 11, Rosmah’s Defence Alleges Mahdzir Private Jets to Macau, Spore, Perth to Gamble

Feb 11, Rosmah’s Defence Lawyer Paints Ex-Minister Mahdzir as Corrupt

Feb 10, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day Three

Feb 10, Ex-Minister Tells Rosmah’s Trial: I Wasn’t Bribed, Simply Followed Najib’s Orders

Feb 6, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day Two

Feb 6, Driver Delivered Bags of Cash to Rosmah’s House

Feb 6, Rosmah Allegedly Pressured Ex-Minister to Award Project to Jepak

Feb 5, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day One

Feb 5, Rosmah’s Lawyer Cries Intimidation over MACC’s Probe of Doctor Who Issued MC

Feb 5, RM6M Bribe in RM100 Bills

Feb 5, Rosmah’s Controversial FLOM Division Rebranded After Public Criticism

Feb 5, DPP: Overbearing Rosmah Wielded Considerable Influence