Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor caused a stir after refusing to leave the accused dock when her graft trial went into recess for lunch today.
Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan called for the lunch break, with proceedings originally set to continue in the afternoon as Rosmah’s lawyer Datuk Jagjit Singh had yet to finish his cross-examination of the fifth prosecution witness, former education minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.
As the courtroom was being vacated, Rosmah was heard saying she did not want to go home.
She refused to budge from her seat in the dock and sat there for a while as her aides tried to coax her out. The wife of the former prime minister, however, remained adamant.
Normally, the courtrooms are locked up during lunch break and will be reopened just before 2pm for proceedings to resume.
For the past four days, proceedings had ended at 2pm and Rosmah may have thought that the session would also end at the same time today.
However, Justice Zaini had already indicated at the end of yesterday’s proceedings that the matter would be heard for the whole day today until the afternoon.
As the courtroom was being vacated for lunch break, Rosmah still did not want to move out of the accused dock.
Rosmah’s counsels then asked for a short session with Justice Zaini in open court, where Jagjit was seen addressing the judge.
The judge then allowed the afternoon proceedings to be adjourned. – The Edge Markets