HC hears from more prosecution witnesses at judiciary couple’s trial

Fadley Faisal

More prosecution witnesses were produced in the High Court (HC) yesterday in the trial against Ramzidah binti Pehin Datu Kesuma Diraja Colonel (Rtd) Haji Abdul Rahman and Haji Nabil Daraina bin Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin (second defendant).

Rozliani binti Timbang, an employee with the State Judiciary Department, testified that she knew Ramzidah had made cash withdrawals from the Official Receivers’ (OR) accounts, as Ramzidah herself had informed the witness about it.

According to Ramzidah, the withdrawal was for the purpose of depositing the money to the fixed deposit accounts.

The witness further stated that she had never seen any bank statements or correspondences for the fixed deposit accounts. She also stated that all correspondences for bankruptcy cases would be uploaded to the Judiciary Case Management System (JCMS), which would also be accessible by the creditors’ lawyers.

However, sometime in September 2017, Ramzidah had instructed the witness to limit access to the JCMS without giving any reasons.

In cross-examinations, the witness agreed that this limitation to access is not exclusively done by, or to Ramzidah’s files only.

The witness said she did not know, when the defense put to her that in fact Ramzidah had a discussion with the DORs prior to the instructions given to her. The prosecution then called in an employee of Bank A to the witness stand, who gave evidence about Ramzidah making cash withdrawals from several debtors’ accounts on December 9, 2014, by referring to cash withdrawal forms that were signed and used by Ramzidah for the transactions.

Simon Farrell, QC in his cross-examination suggested to the witness that Ramzidah had made cash withdrawals over a long period of time, almost 13 years from 2006.

He said that sometime during that period, Bank A’s employees would sometimes assist Ramzidah with her cash withdrawals by processing the withdrawals themselves and bringing the cash to Ramzidah while she waited in her car.

The witness stated that she was unaware of this being done by other employees, but that when she was tending to Ramzidah, she would hand over the cash to Ramzidah alone, and not to anyone else.

Justice Gareth John Lugar-Mawson adjourned the trial to continue today. Jonathan Caplan, QC and Deputy Public Prosecutors Hajah Suhana binti Haji Sudin, Hajah Suriana binti Haji Radin, Dayangku Didi-Nuraza binti Pengiran Haji Abdul Latiff and Muhammad Qamarul Affyian bin Abdul Rahman appeared for the Public Prosecutor.

Farrell and Sheikh Noordin bin Sheikh Mohammad represented the defendants.