Case against Two Former Judicial Officers Continues

The case against Ramzidah binti Pehin Datu Kesuma Diraja Retired Colonel Haji Abdul Rahman and Hj Nabil Daraina bin Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awg Badaruddin continued today. Simon Farrell QC, for the Defendants, submitted to the Court that the Defendants have no case to answer for various reasons.

He argued that the Second Defendant believed the monies he used in the money laundering charges were from the First Defendants' family, inheritance and also the substantial monies given by the Malaysian national to the First Defendant. Allegedly, he did not know that his wife was withdrawing cash from the Official Receiver's bank accounts.

In reply, Jonathan Caplan QC highlighted that the Second Defendant must have known that he was enjoying a lavish lifestyle on large amounts of money that were multiple times more than the amount received from their full-time judicial income. As a judge, he must have been aware that this gives rise to money laundering or unexplained property concerns.

For the First Defendant, Simon Farrell QC said that there is insufficient evidence to support a charge against her for dishonestly misappropriating 35 thousand dollars unpaid into a debtor's OR account. This is because an employee of Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam, B.I.B.D was dismissed for misappropriating monies collected from the Court en route to B.I.B.D at around the same time.

Jonathan Caplan QC stressed that the defence has never asked any of the witnesses regarding the 35 thousand dollars, including to the BIBD employee. It was never suggested the dismissed employee took the money. Justice Gareth Lugar- Mawson will continue to hear the case on Monday, the 28th of October at 9 in the morning.

Source: Radio Television Brunei