KUALA LUMPUR: Rosmah Mansor has been left stunned and in tears by the High Court’s decision to order her to enter her defence on three counts of corruption to help a company secure the RM1.25 billion solar project for 369 rural schools in Sarawak.
“She was stunned because the court did not give reasons for its ruling today,” Akberdin Abdul Kadir, a member of her legal team
Akberdin said his client expected some broad reasons to be given since her trial was a high-profile case.
Another member of the legal team said the wife of former prime minister Najib Razak was also seen in tears.
Soon after the verdict by trial Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan, Najib, who was in the court room to provide moral support, hugged and consoled her.
Akberdin said the legal team comforted her that not everything is lost as the defence would now have the opportunity to rebut the prosecution’s case.
“We have told her to go back and get rid of all the stress,” he added.
Lawyer A Srimurugan said the defence needed only to cast a doubt on the prosecution’s case to get an acquittal for Rosmah.
Zaini, who proposed not to give a summary of his findings at this stage, said the prosecution had adduced credible evidence to prove every element of the charge.
“On the maximum evaluation of the evidence, I find the prosecution has succeeded in proving a prima facie case against the accused (on all the charges),” he said.