Prosecution’s case of judiciary couple’s trial nearing closing

Fadley Faisal

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 continued yesterday, with the prosecution’s case inching towards a close before the court decides whether to call on the defence.

Jonathan Caplan, QC called witnesses from local banks to formally tender the letters referred to by the witnesses from the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and Judiciary Department, in relation to the prosecution’s allegation pertaining to the non-existence of Fixed Deposit Accounts (FDA) under Ramzidah’s name.

Simon Farrell, QC objected to the application for a number of reasons, one of which is that it is prejudicial to allow new evidence to be introduced.

In reply, the prosecution submitted that the witnesses to be called in would just read out statements containing information which was already stated in the letters from their respective banks.

In delivering his ruling, Justice Gareth John Lugar-Mawson was satisfied that the defence had not been taken by surprise, as the letters were referred to throughout the trial.

The prosecution then proceeded to call in seven bank officers from seven banks.

The witnesses testified that there were no FDAs under Ramzidah’s name.

The prosecution also recalled an investigating officer from the ACB, who was responsible for the investigations into money laundering and possession of unexplained wealth offences against the defendants.

The ACB officer clarified on the allowances received by the defendants from the government. According to further enquiries made, both received a total allowance of BND114,340.92 over the period from 2002 until 2018.

These allowances included a five-time passage allowance totalling to BND47,950.

The trial resumes today.

Caplan 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.