Datuk Rizal Mansor (right) is pictured at the Kuala Lumpur High Court January 8, 2020. — Picture by Firdaus Latif
Datuk Rizal Mansor (right) is pictured at the Kuala Lumpur High Court January 8, 2020. — Picture by Firdaus Latif

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 14 — Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor’s former aide Datuk Rizal Mansor told the High Court today that he had accepted nearly RM1 million in what he called “political donations” from Jepak Holdings managing director Saidi Abang Samsudin and the latter’s business partner Rayyan Radzwill Abdullah.

Testifying against his former boss who is on trial for corruption, Rizal also admitted to asking RM100,000 from Saidi and Rayyan, of which RM30,000 was paid into the account of his business partner, Datuk Ahmed Farriq Zainul Abiddin.

Under cross-examination from Rosmah’s lead defence lawyer Datuk Jagjit Singh, Rizal disclosed that the duo had also paid partly for his and his entire family’s pilgrimage to Mecca in 2016.

Jagjit asked Rizal if he had “no shame” in using purportedly corrupt monies to fund his umrah through chartered flights and first-class accommodations, to which Rizal merely agreed.

Jagjit: You still got the trip sponsored by Saidi and Rayyan?

Rizal: It was partly sponsored.

Jagjit: So you made the trip using corrupt funds?

Rizal: It was a political donation.

Jagjit: Oh, it was a political donation; if it was a political donation from the beginning, then the charges would not be laid against you?

Rizal: I disagree.

Rizal was earlier indicted on four charges of seeking and receiving bribes for himself and Rosmah amounting to RM5.5 million involving the project to supply and install rural school solar energy in Sarawak under Section 16(a) (A) of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009.

However, the prosecution withdrew the charges in January prior to the start of the trial in February.

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The defence lawyer wanted to know if Rizal had also “cut a deal’’ with the prosecution to testify against Rosmah and for his initial charges to be dropped.

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