What is if the witness is interested in the case in which he is called to testify?

Can it be a reason to consider his testament much weaker (or even ignore it)? As I know, in the Torah is mainly the number of the witnesses are prescribed. What is the case with their interests, affecting their beliavibility?

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Rambam in Mishneh Torah Hilchos Eidus 9 (1) gives

ten categories of disqualifications. Any person belonging to one of them is not acceptable as a witness.

The tenth one is

people who have a vested interest in the matter

So we see that someone with a vested interest in the outcome of the case is disqualified as a witness.

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