Najib to testify in Rosmah’s graft trial

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Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will testify as a defence witness in his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor’s corruption trial relating to the RM1.25 billion solar hybrid project for 369 rural schools in Sarawak.

Rosmah’s lawyer Datuk Jagjit Singh said the former prime minister was among the defence witnesses who would be called to testify during the nine-day proceedings starting June 9.

Jagjit said currently the defence has five or six witnesses and has been offered some 10 witnesses by the prosecution.

“We need to look into the list (of prosecution witnesses) and we also need to interview them (witnesses),” he told reporters after today’s court proceeding.

Earlier, High Court judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan ordered Rosmah to enter her defence on all three corruption charges after finding that the prosecution had made out a prima facie case against her.

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Before the proceeding began, Najib was seen on television provided in the ‘video link’, sitting next to his wife, and during the short court break, Najib was also seen comforting his wife after the verdict was delivered.

Yesterday, it was reported that Najib would be by his wife’s side to provide emotional support when the court delivered the verdict.

Meanwhile, Rosmah has opted to testify under oath from the witness box after consulting with her lawyer.

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This means the 69-year-old will be open to cross-examination by the prosecution team, which is led by former Federal Court Judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram.