KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 19): The corruption case of Datuk Rizal Mansor, former special officer to the former Prime Minister, will be jointly tried with Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor’s graft case.
This followed a decision by High Court judge, Collin Lawrence Sequerah in allowing deputy public prosecutor Datuk Mohd Dusuki Mokhtar’s application to transfer the case to the same court which heard Rosmah’s case, before judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan.
Mohd Dusuki also informed the court that the prosecution had filed a notice of motion and affidavit in support of the application on Feb 11.
Lawyer N.Yohendra, representing Rizal, 45, did not object to the prosecution’s application and the court fixed Feb 21 for mention before judge Mohamed Zaini.
On Nov 15, 2018, Rizal, 45, pleaded not guilty to four counts of soliciting and accepting bribes for himself and Rosmah, amounting to RM5.5 million, involving the supply of equipment and installation of the solar hybrid system for rural schools in Sarawak.
On the first charge, he is accused of soliciting, on behalf of Rosmah, RM187.5 million, which was 15 per cent of the contract value, from Saidi Abang Samsudin, the managing director of Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd.
The money was an inducement for Rosmah to assist the company in securing the Hybrid Photovoltaic System Integrated Project and the maintenance and operation of the gen sets/diesel for 369 rural schools in Sarawak, worth RM1.25 billion through direct negotiation from the Education Ministry.
On the second charge, Rizal is accused of soliciting RM25 million for himself from Saidi to ensure that Rosmah would assist Jepak Holdings with getting the project. Both offences were allegedly committed at Lygon Cafe, G-24, Ground Floor, Sunway Putra Mall, 100, Jalan Putra, Chow Kit, here, between March and April 2016.
On the third charge, Rizal is accused of receiving RM5 million on behalf of Rosmah from Saidi as a reward for her for assisting Jepak Holdings to obtain the same project. The offence was allegedly committed at the REIT Management Sdn Bhd lobby, 168, Pavilion, Jalan Bukit Bintang, here, on Dec 20, 2016.
He was also charged with receiving RM500,000 for himself from Saidi as a reward in ensuring that Rosmah assisted Jepak Holdings obtain the same project. He allegedly committed the offence at No 1, Laman Damai Sari, Jalan 1/61, Bukit Segambut, here, on Dec 23, 2016.
The charges were made under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009.
The offences are punishable under Section 24 of the same act, which provides for a jail term of up to 20 years and a fine not less than five times the amount or value of the bribe or RM10,000, whichever is higher, if convicted.
Rosmah, meanwhile, was charged with two counts of soliciting RM187.5 million and receiving RM1.5 million for the project to provide electricity to 369 rural schools in Sarawak.
She was charged under Section 16(a) (A) of the MACC Act and faces imprisonment for up to 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the amount of the gratification of RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction.