KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – The wife of jailed former Malaysian prime minster Najib Razak, who is fighting her own corruption case, has filed an application to disqualify High Court judge Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan from presiding over her trial.
Rosmah Mansor’s case involves a RM1.25 billion (S$390 million) solar hybrid project for schools in Sarawak.
The judge is scheduled to deliver his decision at the end of the defence’s case on Thursday (Sept 1) morning.
The eleventh-hour application was filed through Messrs Akberdin & Co on Tuesday afternoon.
In her notice of motion, Rosmah said on Aug 26, she had come across an article by Raja Petra Kamaruddin titled Rosmah Mansor Will Be Pronounced Guilty On 1st September 2022.
She said she was shocked to have read the article which stated that the judgment against her was ready and that it was not prepared by the judge himself but rather prepared on his behalf.
Earlier she failed in her latest bid to disqualify Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram from leading the prosecution in the same case.
Justice Ahmad Kamal Md Shahid, in his decision, said Rosmah’s leave application was not seeking the court to review a decision of an inferior court nor a decision in relation to the exercise of the public duty or function.
“I observe that the instant application is unprecedented in the context of the Malaysian judiciary where a party is actually seeking a High Court to judicial review the decision of another High Court,” he said.
The court ruled that it was not necessary to deal with the merits of the application.
“This court has no jurisdiction to grant leave to hear the substantive judicial review application.
“The applicant’s application for leave to commence judicial review proceedings is hereby dismissed,” he said in the decision, which was delivered via email.
On Sept 24, 2021, High Court judge Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan, the presiding judge in Rosmah’s solar hybrid trial, dismissed Rosmah’s application to disqualify Mr Sri Ram.
He ruled that Mr Sri Ram’s appointment by then Attorney General Tan Sri Tommy Thomas was valid under Section 376(3) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC).