Rosmah’s bribe trial: Rizal a novice compared with Rosmah with her powerful influence as wife of then PM

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The defence version that a former aide of Rosmah Mansor is the one who solicited and accepted bribes from the managing director of a company must be disbelieved as he is a “political lightweight”, the prosecution said.

FMT

In its final submission, sighted by FMT, to rebut the defence version, it said Rizal Mansor was a novice compared with Rosmah with her powerful influence as the wife of the then prime minister, Najib Razak.

“Her conversations with PW5 (prosecution witness 5), PW6 and PW12 confirm her ability to exercise her influence and her inclination to use it,” it said in the submission prepared by the prosecution team, led by ad hoc prosecutor Gopal Sri Ram, filed in the High Court on Monday.

PW5 refers to then education minister Mahdzir Khalid, and PW6 and PW12 are Madinah Mohamed and Alias Ahmad, respectively, both secretaries-general of the ministry when the project was awarded to Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd.

Rosmah is accused of soliciting RM187.5 million from Jepak’s managing director, Saidi Abang Samsudin, through Rizal as an inducement to help the company secure the solar project for 369 rural schools in Sarawak, costing RM1.25 billion.

She is also charged with two counts of receiving bribes amounting to RM6.5 million – RM5 million from Saidi through Rizal at Seri Perdana in Putrajaya on Dec 20, 2016, and RM1.5 million from Saidi at her private residence at Langgak Duta here on Sept 7, 2017.

The prosecution said the defence kept on harping that Rizal solicited the money for himself and when the money was delivered, he appropriated it for his own use without the knowledge of Rosmah.

“This story need only be told to reveal its incredulity,” it said, adding that Rizal was virtually Rosmah’s servant, doing her bidding.

It said Rosmah had her own department within the Prime Minister’s Office and was called First Lady of Malaysia, while Rizal was a mere employee in that division.

“Rizal is a political lightweight compared with the accused with her powerful influence as the wife of the prime minister,” it said, adding that it was highly improbable that Rizal would have acted off his own bat without the accused’s knowledge.

It said Rizal would have faced dire consequences had he done so, and the defence’s suggestion that he was the villain of the piece cannot hold water.

It said there was a monotonous repetition throughout the defence submission that there was evidence that Rosmah did not solicit any money from Saidi.

The prosecution’s answer is that the charge against Rosmah was not that she personally solicited the bribe, but she did it through Rizal.

“The defence has therefore addressed the wrong target. There is the evidence from Rizal that the accused instructed him to solicit the bribe,” it said.

It said there was also strong circumstantial evidence through Rizal that Rosmah received the RM6.5 million in “cold cash” at the prime minister’s official and private residence.

Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan has fixed Feb 10 to seek clarification from the defence and prosecution before he decides whether Rosmah is entitled to an acquittal or will be called to enter her defence. – FMT


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Dec 30, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Defence Says No Proof to Show Rosmah Solicited, Received Bribes

Dec 11, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Prosecution Concludes Its Case

Oct 7, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 30

Oct 6, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 29

Oct 5, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 28

Sept 17, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 27

Sept 15, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 26

Sept 14, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 25

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

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