The Kuala Lumpur High Court on Wednesday (Dec 8) postponed Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor’s corruption trial in connection with the solar energy project for 369 rural schools in Sarawak as her MySejahtera status showed that she had close contact with a Covid-19 case.
Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan also vacated tomorrow’s hearing after Rosmah’s counsel Datuk Jagjit Singh told the court that her MySejahtera status is orange.
“My client is present today and we told her to stay in the car waiting for your lordship’s decision whether to continue the proceedings or to vacate. Her husband’s (former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) MySejahtera status is red,” the lawyer said.
Asked by Justice Mohamed Zaini whether Najib is positive for Covid-19, Jagjit replied: “I am not sure, but I was informed his status (MySejahtera) is red.
Justice Mohamed Zaini said red means the person is positive for Covid-19 to which the lawyer replied that he was not sure.
Meanwhile, the defence team was admonished by Zaini over the breach of the order issued for Rosmah’s trip to Singapore.
Zaini wanted an explanation from lawyer Jagjit Singh on why Rosmah did not return home as required.
Jagjit apologised to the court, saying there was an oversight on his part.
“I concede to the court order on Oct 15. When we fixed the date for her return, there was still the quarantine requirement which we took into account.
“However, the change in government policy has waived the quarantine requirement for Singapore under the VTL (vaccinated travel lane),” he said.
Zaini, who was unimpressed by Jagjit’s explanation, said any court order must be adhered to.
“The court order is sacrosanct and must be respected. I would have been minded to grant an extension based on the change in government policy but it does not change the fact that the court order must be respected,” he told the lawyer.
Ad hoc prosecutor Gopal Sri Ram then said the prosecution raised a similar issue before the appeals court last week during Rosmah’s appeal to disqualify him as the lead prosecutor.
Rosmah’s corruption trial continues on Dec 10 after the court ordered a postponement because she had come in close contact with a Covid-19 patient.