Rafizi’s OSA conviction, a ‘step backward’ says C4

Source FMT News 

PETALING JAYA: The Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) today criticised the High Court’s decision to dismiss Rafizi Ramli’s appeal against his conviction under the Official Secrets Act (OSA).

C4 executive director Cynthia Gabriel said the decision was a “step backward” which seriously undermined the importance of safeguarding the right to freedom of information.

In a statement, she added that the OSA had been “arbitrarily” used to mask corrupt practices and obstruct the public from accessing information related to matters of public interest.

“C4 emphasises that using the OSA to criminalise whistleblowers who expose corruption and mismanagement to the public promotes an environment that breeds corruption primarily because secrecy allows for cases to be squashed without an explanation.

“Over the 45 years the OSA has been in force, we have witnessed how the law has been used as an effective means of ensuring that information on government is kept secret,” she said.

Last November, Rafizi was sentenced to a total of 36 months in jail over two charges of possessing page 98 of the 1MDB audit report and for revealing the contents of the report at the press conference. Read more

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. Read more

18-month jail for Rafizi for leaking 1MDB secrets

Source: FMT News

Court does not accept the Pandan MP's claim on why he could not file defence to charges under the Official Secrets Act (OSA). Pic from FMT News.

Court does not accept the Pandan MP’s claim on why he could not file defence to charges under the Official Secrets Act (OSA). Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Sessions Court today sentenced PKR’s Rafizi Ramli to 18 months’ jail over two charges of leaking a classified 1MDB audit report.

Justice Zulqarnian Hassan said Rafizi would serve concurrently the 18 months’ prison sentence for each of the offences.

In an immediate reaction, the PKR secretary-general, who risks losing his status as the Pandan MP following the decision, said he would file an appeal.

Earlier, Zulqarnian said Rafizi had failed to raise reasonable doubt on the prosecution’s case. Read more

‘Blackout 505’: Rafizi, Anthony Loke didenda RM1,950

Sumber: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, 2 Nov — Naib Presiden PKR Mohd Rafizi Ramli dan tiga yang lain masing-masing didenda RM1,950 oleh Mahkamah Sesyen di sini bagi kesalahan menganjurkan perhimpunan ‘Blackout 505’, tiga tahun lepas.

Mohd Rafizi, 39, yang juga anggota Parlimen (MP) Pandan, MP Seremban Anthony Loke Siew Fook, 39, bekas anggota Sekretariat PKR Muhammad Adib Ishar, 27, dan anggota Dewan Undangan Negeri Batu Burok Dr Syed Azman Syed Ahmad Nawawi, 54, dijatuhi hukuman denda itu selepas mereka mengaku bersalah terhadap pertuduhan pilihan yang dibacakan semalam.

Hakim Mat Ghani Abdullah memerintahkan kesemua tertuduh dipenjara dua bulan jika gagal membayar denda dan memberi mereka masa hingga 3 petang hari ini untuk membayar denda itu. Read more

Court orders Rafizi to enter defence over OSA leak

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 1 — PKR’s Rafizi Ramli has been ordered to enter his defence for unauthorised possession and exposing confidential 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) documents.

Sessions court judge Zulqarnain Hassan said that based the evidence presented so far, including the publishing of the document page on Rafizi’s website, Facebook page and the fact that he had the document page on his mobile phone, and that this was sufficient in establishing a prima facie case.

“In my opinion, the prosecution has presented a prima facie case,” the judge told the court.

“Among the reasons is that the accused, Yang Berhormat Rafizi has been proven to be in possession and had exposed page 98 of the report,” he added.

September 27 has been set for the continuation of the trial. Read more

Rafizi remanded for three days after OSA arrest

Source: The Malay Mail Online

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. Read more

Rafizi nabbed under OSA over claims against LTAT

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli has been arrested under the Official Secret Act (OSA) to facilitate investigations over claims he made against Armed Forces Fund Board (LTAT).

The Pandan member of Parliament was arrested in front of the Parliament gate here at about 6.20pm yesterday as he was leaving the Parliament House, and taken to the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar tweeted that Rafizi was arrested under the OSA, but did not provide further details.

“@PDRMsia (the Royal Malaysia Police) confirms YB Rafizi Ramli was arrested a short while ago, outside Parliament House and will be investigated under Section 8 of the Official Secrets Act (OSA) 1972,” he tweeted yesterday. Read more

Rafizi nabbed over OSA leak while leaving Parliament

Source: The Malay Mail Online

OSA-222x300KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 — PKR’s Rafizi Ramli was arrested outside the Parliament compound as he was exiting today, for the alleged wrongful communication of classified documents.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar confirmed shortly after the arrest that Rafizi was being detained for investigation under Section 8 of the Official Secrets Act 1972.

Rafizi previously disclosed what he claimed to be an excerpt from the Auditor-General’s report on 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), which is classified under the OSA.

“Yes, (for the incident) outside Parliament House,” Khalid told Malay Mail Online when asked if Rafizi was arrested over his alleged use of the AG’s report. Read more