KUALA LIMPUR — Aug. 23, 2017: A High Court today upheld the conviction and sentence against Pandan Member of Parliament Rafizi Ramli’s for unauthorised disclosure of the contents of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) audit report.
Justice Datuk Azman Abdullah made the decision after dismissing Rafizi’s appeal against the decision of Sessions Court judge Zulqarnain Hassan on November 14 last year.
Rafizi, 40, was however acquitted of another conviction and 18-month jail sentence for unauthorised possession of one page from the report.
In affirming the appellant’s conviction and 18-month jail term, Azman said the sentence was not excessive considering that the charge provided for a maximum jail term of seven years.
The judge counsel Gobind Singh Deo’s application for a stay of Rafizi’s sentence pending appeal to the Court of Appeal and maintained the RM20,000 bail.
Article 48 of the Federal Constitution disqualifies a person from being an MP for five years if he is convicted and sentenced to more than a year’s jail or a fine exceeding RM2,000.
Rafizi committed the offences at the Parliament lobby on March 24, 2016. — Bernama