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    Former judiciary couple appeal case opens in Technology Court

    Fadley Faisal

    The Court of Appeal yesterday convened in the Technology Court with leading parties from both sides, in the former judiciary couple and the public prosecutor’s appeals, appearing by teleconference.

    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 appeared before President of the Court of Appeal Justice Michael Peter Burrell, flanked by Justices Conrad Seagroatt and Michael Victor Lunn.

    Simon Farrell QC, who represented both appellants, appeared by teleconference from the United Kingdom, assisted by Sheikh Noordin bin Sheikh Mohammad.

    Dato Seri Setia Davinder Singh SC led the prosecution team and appeared by teleconference from Singapore.

    Present in court were Deputy Public Prosecutors Hajah Suriana binti Haji Radin, Dayangku Didi-Nuraza Pengiran Haji Abdul Latiff and Muhammad Qamarul Affyian bin Abdul Rahman of the Attorney General’s Chambers.

    Navin Thevar, David Fong, Tan Ruo Yu and Srruthi Ilankathir from Davinder Singh Chambers LLC were also part of the Prosecution team.

    Ramzidah is appealing against her convictions for criminal breach of trust and money laundering offences, while, Haji Nabil Daraina appeals against his convictions for money laundering offences and seeking his sentence of five years’ imprisonment reduced.

    Farrell QC raised points challenging the prosecution’s case and the High Court’s findings.

    Farrell QC, among others, pointed out that they did not have the opportunity to call the ‘Malaysian’ lady to give evidence and challenged the court’s findings in the use of the BND10,000 notes to buy cars.

    The prosecution has commenced reply where it was submitted, that all attempts to call the ‘Malaysian’ lady was exhausted and in fact no longer a prosecution witness at one point.

    The prosecution also raised that the claims of the monies deriving from the ‘Malaysian’ lady and Ramzidah’s late brother to be irrelevant to the CBT and money laundering charges as there never had been any explanation to the withdrawals from the Judgement Debtors’ Accounts and what happened of it.

    The appeal resumes today.

    Chief Justice Dato Seri Paduka Steven Chong has appointed Court 6 of the Subordinate Court, Law and Courts’ Building as a court room of the Supreme Court to hear the former judiciary couple’s appeal and the public prosecutor’s appeal as it is conducted virtually via Zoom with counsels in England and Singapore who, due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions, are attending the hearings remotely.

    “With the use of technology, the judiciary is continuing its mission to deliver justice efficiently and expeditiously in the ‘new normal’ environment of the COVID-19 pandemic. It follows the implementation of the Judiciary’s Business Continuity Plan, which took effect in March 2020, where court operations are maintained and adapted to remote hearings through the use of video conferencing platforms in response to restrictions posed by the pandemic. In October 2020, the Brunei High Court conducted its first hearing where the Judicial Commissioner presided online from Singapore, with witnesses in Malaysia and counsel in Brunei,” a Supreme Court statement said.

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