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Rosmah's appeal against solar graft conviction pushed to July 11

Parties to the appeal have been directed to file their submissions by June 9, with replies by June 23.

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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

The hearing of Rosmah Mansor's appeal at the Court of Appeal against her conviction, 10-year jail term and RM970 million fine for corruption in connection with a solar hybrid project for 369 rural schools in Sarawak has been rescheduled to July 11.

Court of Appeal deputy registrar Mohd Khairi Haron set four days for the appeal hearing, from July 11 to 14, during case management today.

Deputy public prosecutor Deepa Nair Thevaharan represented the prosecution, while Rosmah was represented by lawyers Jagjit Singh and Akberdin Abdul Kader.

Deputy public prosecutor Poh Yih Tinn, who confirmed the dates, said the hearing dates of June 22 and 23 initially set for the appeal hearing had been vacated.

He said parties to the appeal were directed to file their submissions by June 9, with replies by June 23. 

The final case management for the appeal is fixed on July 4, he added.

On Sept 1 last year, Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan found Rosmah guilty of three corruption charges involving RM1.25 billion in connection with a hybrid solar project for 369 rural schools in Sarawak.

Rosmah, 71, was sentenced to 10 years in jail for each charge, to be served concurrently, which means she will only serve a total of 10 years in jail. She was also fined RM970 million, in default of 30 years in jail.

She was accused of one count of soliciting RM187.5 million and two counts of receiving bribes totalling RM6.5 million from Jepak Holdings former managing director Saidi Abang Samsudin.

The High Court however granted Rosmah a stay of execution for the imprisonment term and fine pending her appeal at the Court of Appeal.
 
She is also appealing against the High Court's decision dismissing her application to disqualify Zaini from hearing and deciding on her case.

In his judgment, Zaini held that Rosmah's defence was mere denial and that the RM6.5 million was in fact for her, and that she received the money at her residence in Jalan Langgak Duta and Seri Perdana.

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