Interest charge

Court denies Labuan MP’s request to quash abuse of power charge

The Kuala Lumpur High Court today dismissed a request by Labuan lawmaker Rozman Isli to quash a charge against him for using his position to secure a contract for Labuan Liberty Port Management Sdn Bhd (LLPM), a company in which his father and brother had interests in , three years ago.

Judicial Commissioner Roz Mawar Rozain denied the request on the grounds that the charge against Rozman was valid and not flawed.

“If the prosecution’s motive to prosecute is politically motivated, it is a defense for the accused. If it has something to do with the credibility of the witness, then the accused has the opportunity to refute the case of the prosecutor later.

“At this stage, it is premature to drop the charges. The court will decide whether the charge against the accused is successfully established or not after hearing the testimony of witnesses.

“Therefore, the court cannot allow this request and the matter will proceed with the trial as determined by the session court earlier,” Roz said.

The trial, which had been set for today and tomorrow before Judge Rozina Ayob of the Court of Sessions, will continue.

Deputy Attorney General Ahmad Feisal Mohd Azmi sued, while Muhammad Rafique Rashid Ali represented Rozman.

In their submissions, Rafique said the court had the power to quash or quash the charge because it was brought with malicious intent and was oppressive, in addition to being an abuse of legal process and politically motivated. .

Feisal said the charge against Rozman was clear and obvious and the prosecution would prove the case at trial.

On April 4, Sessions Court Judge Rozina denied Rozman’s request to drop the charges against him on the grounds that the court lacked jurisdiction to do so without a trial. and set today and tomorrow for trial.

Following this, on May 11, Rozman filed an application with the High Court to quash the charge against him as well as a request to transfer the case from Sessions Court to the High Court.

On August 2, High Court Judge Muhammad Jamil Hussin denied Rozman’s request to transfer the case from Sessions Court to the High Court.

Rozman, 57, is accused as an official of a public body – the vice president of the Port Authority of Labuan – of having used his position to obtain a gratuity, namely a contract of employment as a operator for Dermaga Merdeka Pelabuhan Labuan for LLPM, in which his father and younger brother have an interest.

The offense was allegedly committed in a meeting room, Level 9, Ministry of Transport, Jalan Tun Hussein, District 4, Putrajaya between 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on March 21, 2018.

He is charged under Section 23(1) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of five times the value of the bribe or RM10,000, whichever is greater. – Bernama, August 11, 2022.