PUTRAJAYA — April 6, 2015: The Federal Court here today struck out an appeal by Pandan member of parliament Mohd. Rafizi Ramli to dismiss the charge against him for leaking confidential banking information.
Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Md. Raus Sharif, leading a five-member panel, ruled that the apex court did not have the jurisdiction to hear the appeal as the case had originated from the sessions court.
With the ruling, the PKR secretary-general has to stand trial in the sessions court for allegedly violating the Banking and Financial Institutions
Raus set tomorrow for the case to be mentioned at the Shah Alam sessions court.
The panel also comprised Federal Court judges Tan Sri Ahmad Maarop, Datuk Zainun Ali, Tan Sri Jeffrey Tan Kok Wha and Datuk Seri Abu Samah Nordin.
Rafizi, 38, was charged in August 2012 with revealing four Public Bank customer-profile documents to unauthorised individuals.
The documents consisted of balance summaries relating to the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC), National Meat and Livestock Sdn. Bhd., Agroscience Industries Sdn. Bhd. and NFC chairman Datuk Seri Mohamad Salleh Ismail.
He allegedly disclosed the contents to media consultant Yusuf Abdul Alim and the Star’s reporter Erle Martin Carvalho at the PKR’s headquarters on March 7, 2012.
Rafizi applied on September 10, 2012, to strike out the charge but this was rejected by a Shah Alam high court.
On May 23, 2013, the court of appeal dismissed his appeal on the ground that it had no merit.
At the outset, deputy public prosecutor Nahra Dollah objected to Rafizi’s appeal, saying that the matter could not proceed at the apex court
as the case had originated from the sessions court. — Bernama