High Court judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan today reminded the defence team representing Rosmah Mansor in her money laundering and tax evasion case to give priority to the case as it had been pending since 2018.
Zaini said the trial of the case was still pending even four years after the wife of former prime minister Najib Razak was charged on Oct 4, 2018.
"I’m of the view that the court should fix trial dates for this case, but if the Court of Appeal allows Rosmah’s appeal to recuse me from presiding over the trial, the case will be heard before another judge," he said.
Zaini said this after lawyer Revin Kumar, representing Rosmah, informed him that he needed to consult lead counsel Geethan Ram Vincent about suitable trial dates.
Earlier, deputy public prosecutor Poh Yih Tinn told the court that the prosecution would call 14 witnesses to testify in the trial of the case.
Zaini then fixed Dec 1 for the hearing to set the trial dates for the case.
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 Bhd, Bangunan Getah Asli branch, Jalan Ampang, between Dec 4, 2013 and June 8, 2017, at LHDN at Kompleks Bangunan Kerajaan, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim, between May 1, 2014 and May 1, 2018.
On Sept 1, Zaini found Rosmah guilty of three charges of corruption related to the solar hybrid project worth RM1.25 billion for 369 rural schools in Sarawak, sentenced her to 10 years in prison, and imposed a fine of RM970 million.
The court also ordered Rosmah to be jailed for 30 years if she failed to pay the fine. However, the High Court granted a stay of execution of the prison sentence and fine pending her appeal at the Court of Appeal.