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Solar case: Rosmah files last minute application to recuse Judge Mohamed Zaini

Solar case: Rosmah files last minute application to recuse Judge Mohamed Zaini

KUALA LUMPUR: Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor filed a last-minute application to recuse High Court Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan from hearing or making a decision on her corruption case involving the RM1.25 billion solar hybrid project.

The application was filed on the grounds of the purported leaked judgment of her case which was prepared by another party that was viralled by the mass and electronic media last Aug 26.

She filed the notice of motion through Messrs. Akberdin & Co yesterday, naming the public prosecutor as respondent.

In the notice of motion, which was obtained by the media, Rosmah, 70, is seeking an order for a stay of the judgment to be made at the end of the solar case, which has been set for tomorrow, or any date after that, until the disposal of the notice of motion in question or the investigation into the matter has been completed.

She is also seeking an order that with the self-recusal of the judge, the solar case should be heard, retried or decided by another High Court judge.

This was confirmed by lawyer Datuk Akberdin Abdul Kader, who is representing Rosmah, when contacted by Bernama today.

In a supporting affidavit filed with the notice, Rosmah said the solar case had gone through a full trial before Judge Mohamed Zaini after she was charged on Nov 15, 2018 and on Feb 18, 2021, she was ordered to enter her defence after the judge ruled there was a prima facie case against her.

The wife of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, said the defence closed its case last Feb 18 and the judge set last April 5 for decision.

“However, no decision was given and Judge Mohamed Zaini then set July 7 as the new date. However, that date was also vacated and the new date, Sept 1 (tomorrow), was set,“ said Rosmah.

Rosmah claimed that last Aug 26, she read an article by Raja Petra Kamarudin, with the title, “Rosmah Mansor Will Be Pronounced Guilty on 1st September 2022” on the Malaysia Today portal.

“I was shocked when I found the content of the article which stated that the decision/judgment for the solar case has been completed, but it was not prepared by the (presiding) judge, but on behalf of the judge,“ she said.

As such, Rosmah said she lost faith in the judge, who is supposed to give the decision tomorrow.

More to come. – Bernama