KUALA LUMPUR: Rosmah Mansor’s application to challenge the appointment of Gopal Sri Ram as senior deputy public prosecutor in the RM1.25 billion solar hybrid project case and nullify the entire trial proceedings since 2018 will be heard on July 6.
Through a review of the court system, the application will be heard before High Court judge Ahmad Kamal Md Shahid, and the matter was confirmed by lawyer Akberdin Abdul Kader, who is representing Rosmah.
Rosmah, 70, filed an application for judicial review on June 24 through Messrs Akberdin & Co in the High Court (Appeal and Special Powers), naming the attorney-general/public prosecutor, the government and Sri Ram as respondents.
Earlier, the wife of former prime minister Najib Razak had filed a similar application at the Criminal High Court here.
However, her application was rejected and her appeal against the court ruling was also rejected by the Court of Appeal and the Federal Court.
In her latest application, Rosmah sought a declaration that the appointment of Sri Ram as senior deputy public prosecutor through three letters of appointment (fiat), dated July 8, 2020, May 11 and May 21, 2021, respectively, was unlawful.
She sought a declaration that the first version of the fiat signed by Attorney-General Idrus Harun on July 8, 2020, which should have been signed by the previous attorney-general, Tommy Thomas, on or before Nov 15, 2018, i.e. the date of prosecution against the applicant, was invalid.
The applicant sought a declaration that the second version of the fiat dated May 11 last year was non-existent as Thomas in his book “My Story: Justice in the Wilderness” published last year stated that Sri Ram’s appointment was related to 1Malaysia Development Bhd and not the solar hybrid project case.
She is also seeking a declaration that the appointment of the former federal court judge through the third version of the fiat was flawed.
In addition, Rosmah sought a declaration that the entire prosecution proceedings and full trial for the solar hybrid project case since it began on Nov 15, 2018 until the defence closed the case were invalid and void.
“Therefore, I as the Accused Person must be acquitted of all charges faced under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 in the solar (hybrid project) case,” Rosmah said in her application.
Rosmah is accused of soliciting RM187.5 million and two counts of accepting bribes amounting to RM6.5 million from Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd managing director Saidi Abang Samsudin through her former aide, Rizal Mansor, as a reward for helping the company secure a RM1.25 billion project to provide solar hybrid energy in 369 schools in rural Sarawak.
The trial in the High Court has been completed and judge Zaini Mazlan has set July 7 to deliver his decision.