PUTRAJAYA, April 6 ― The Magistrate Court here granted today the police’s request to remand Rafizi Ramli for three days after the PKR lawmaker was arrested under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) 1972.
Rafizi’s remand will expire on Friday, after which the police can seek further extension of remand or release him on bail.
He will be held at the Jinjang police detention centre.
The Pandan MP was arrested outside the Parliament compound yesterday after he previously disclosed what he claimed to be an excerpt from the Auditor-General’s report on state investment firm 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), which is classified under the law guarding state secrets.
Rafizi’s lawyer, R Sivarasa, described the police’s remand application as being made in “bad faith”.
“He is willing to co-operate and is ready to be charged in court. Yet they sought a remand,” Sivarasa told reporters.
The remand hearing took place in front of magistrate Nik Isfahanee Tasnim Wan Ab Rahman in her chambers and lasted for over 30 minutes.
Sivarasa said that, so far, the police have seized a laptop, a desktop computer, and Rafizi’s handphone after raiding the PKR headquarters, his service centre in Pandan, and his home in Bukit Antarabangsa.
The police requested for the remand to assist in their investigations on the documents published on Rafizi’s blog, Sivarasa said.