Rafizi fails to set aside OSA conviction over 1MDB audit expose


Source: FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court today dismissed PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli’s appeal to set aside his conviction under the Official Secrets Act (OSA).

Justice Azman Abdullah, in a brief oral judgment, ruled in favour of the conviction by the Sessions Court last November, for leaking the 1MDB report at a press conference at the Parliament building in March last year.

However, Justice Azman allowed Rafizi’s appeal against his conviction on the charge of possessing page 98 of the audit report, which had been classified under the OSA by the government.

He also granted the Pandan MP’s application for a stay of execution on the 18-month jail sentence, pending his final appeal.

On Nov 14, the Sessions Court sentenced Rafizi Ramli to a total 36 months in jail over the two charges of possessing page 98 of the 1MDB audit report and for revealing the contents of the report at the press conference.

The court ordered him to serve the two 18-month sentences concurrently.Last month, Rafizi was freed from a charge for insulting Umno members in a newspaper interview, three years ago.

The Shah Alam High Court ruled the charge under Section 504 was not proven and ordered the RM1,800 fine paid by Rafizi at the Sessions Court last year to be refunded.

Besides that, Rafizi is also currently standing trial for a charge under the Banking and Financial Institution Act or Bafia, for revealing confidential banking details in relation to the National Feedlot Corp (NFC) scandal.

Rafizi will be unable to stand in the coming election if he fails to set aside this OSA conviction and 18 months jail sentence.

Article 48 of the Federal Constitution disqualifies a person from being an MP for five years should the elected representative be convicted and sentenced to more than one year in jail, or fined more than RM2,000.