Judge Denies Rosmah’s Bid to Impeach Prosecution Witness

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The High Court today dismissed Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor’s application to impeach a prosecution witness in her corruption trial.

Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan ruled that there is no basis for the application after hearing arguments from both sides.

Rosmah’s lawyers had attempted to impeach a key witness in the trial after arguing that there were contradictions in his testimony over how he had spent RM1.5 million which was withdrawn from his account in 2017.

The witness – Saidi Abang Samsuddin – had testified that he had withdrawn the money to be given to Rosmah, but her lawyers argued that he had actually used the money for other purposes.

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They then asked the prosecution to supply a statement which Saidi had given to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) after informing the judge that they had a hunch that the witness had told a different story to the graft busters.

Rosmah’s lawyers subsequently applied to impeach Saidi – who is the managing director of Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd – a company which is at the centre of the graft trial.

Rosmah, 68, is accused of soliciting RM187.5 million from Saidi as an inducement to help his company secure a RM1.25 billion project to supply solar hybrid energy to 369 schools in the interiors of Sarawak.

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She is also accused of receiving bribes amounting to RM6.5 million from Saidi between 2016 and 2017.

Meanwhile, a new witness – Lawrence Tee – took to the stand today and testified how Rosmah’s former aide, Datuk Rizal Mansor, had met him several times to draft a consultancy agreement regarding the project.

The 51-year-old said the meetings had taken place at an office block at Pavillion Residences here.

Rosmah’s lawyer, Datuk Jagjit Singh, will continue with the cross-examination tomorrow. – NST