Judiciary couple’s case adjourned to October 24

Fadley Faisal

Before the prosecution could produce their last witness, 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 experienced a hiccup.

The prosecution’s last witness, a Malaysian woman, was not available in court to give evidence yesterday.

The prosecution informed the court that she is a willing witness but was not available to attend court this week. The prosecution sought a short adjournment to sort out the matter.

Simon Farrell, QC objected to any adjournments as the defence would like to carry on with the proceedings and hope to give their evidence by the week beginning October 28.

The defence also indicated their intentions to make legal submissions related to the charges in the case.

Justice Gareth John Lugar-Mawson agreed to hear submissions from both the defence and prosecution on the legal argument on October 24, 2019, on which date the trial is adjourned to.

The court also informed parties that issues arising from the availability of the Malaysian witness will be dealt with after the legal submissions are heard.

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 Sheikh Mohammad represented the defendants.