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Nov 22 hearing for Rosmah's appeals to disqualify judge in money laundering case

She says she is seeking to avoid any possibility of bias as High Court judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan also presided over her solar hybrid graft trial.

Bernama
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Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former prime minister Najib Razak. Photo: Bernama
Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former prime minister Najib Razak. Photo: Bernama

Rosmah Mansor’s two appeals to remove High Court judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan from presiding over her money laundering and tax evasion case will be heard on Nov 22 in the Court of Appeal.

Rosmah, the wife of former prime minister Najib Razak, had appealed against two decisions by Zaini, who dismissed her first application on Dec 14, 2021 and her second application on April 25 this year.

Deputy public prosecutor Poh Yin Tinn, when contacted, said that Court of Appeal senior assistant registrar Tan Chai Wei fixed the hearing date after case management proceedings today.

"Both parties have to file their written submissions by Nov 8," he said.

Rosmah's lawyer Geethan Ram Vincent also confirmed the hearing date.
 
In her recusal applications, Rosmah stated, among others, that she was seeking to avoid any possibility of Zaini being prejudiced and biased against her if he presided over the money laundering case, given that he had presided over her solar hybrid graft trial related to rural schools in Sarawak.

Rosmah, 70, faces 12 money laundering charges involving RM7,097,750, and five counts of failing to declare her income to the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN).

The offences were allegedly committed at Affin Bank, Bangunan Getah Asli branch, Jalan Ampang, between Dec 4, 2013 and June 8, 2017, and at LHDN at Kompleks Bangunan Kerajaan, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim, between May 1, 2014 and May 1, 2018.

The money laundering and tax evasion case is set for mention on July 22.

Zaini is also set to deliver his decision on Rosmah’s RM1.25 billion solar hybrid graft trial on Sept 1.