Rosmah files appeal to nullify her corruption trial

This is after High Court dismissed her application.

Rosmah Mansor now seeks for the Court of Appeal to nullify her corruption case linked to the RM1.25 billion solar hybrid energy project for 369 rural schools in Sarawak.

The wife of former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak has filed a notice of appeal against Kuala Lumpur High Court’s decision to dismiss her application to strike down her corruption trial earlier today (Sept 24).

Her defence counsel Akberdin Abdul Kader confirmed that the notice of appeal was filed Friday afternoon.

“We have filed the notice of appeal to set aside High Court’s decision.

“We have filed a fresh application for the Court of Appeal to stay her trial (set to resume on Oct 5) pending disposal of the appeal.

“We have also filed a certificate of urgency for the Court of Appeal to hear the stay application,” Akberdin said when contacted on Friday evening.

The crux of Rosmah’s application to nullify her corruption trial hinged on the validity of former federal court judge Gopal Sri Ram’s letter of appointment for him to prosecute her case.

Sri Ram, who is now in private legal practice, is the lead prosecutor in the corruption trial against Rosmah, who on Feb 18 was ordered by the High Court to enter her defence.

During the High Court proceedings this morning, judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan ruled that Sri Ram’s appointment by then attorney-general Tommy Thomas to prosecute Rosmah’s case was properly done per Section 376 (3) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC).

The judge noted that even though Sri Ram was initially appointed as the deputy public prosecutor to handle the 1MDB-linked criminal cases against Najib, Thomas later orally authorised Sri Ram to also prosecute Rosmah’s case.

“I believe that the authorisation by Thomas to Sri Ram to conduct the criminal prosecution in the applicant (Rosmah’s) case is without doubt validly done under Section 376 (3),” Zaini said.

The judge pointed out that Sri Ram’s appointment to handle Rosmah’s case was further bolstered by two letters affirming this by Attorney-General Idrus Harun, dated July 8 last year and May 21 this year respectively.

“The pertinent issue is whether Sri Ram’s appointment can be (done) retrospectively (to be DPP in Rosmah’s case).

“I agree with the prosecution that the public prosecutor (AG) has the power under Section 50 of the Interpretation Act and is entitled to make Sri Ram’s appointment with retrospective effect,” Zaini said.

Section 50 of the Interpretation Act 1948 and 1967 states that any authority, empowered by written law to appoint a person to exercise any function, can make such an appointment with retrospective effect.

Zaini also denied an application from defence lawyers Akberdin and Jagjit Singh to stay Rosmah’s corruption trial, pending disposal of her appeal to the Court of Appeal against today’s verdict.

Rosmah is set to take the witness stand when the defence stage of her trial begins on Oct 5.

By : HIDIR REDUAN ABDUL RASHID – MALAYSIAKINI

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