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Rafizi gets 18 months; may not get to contest election

Pandan Member of Parliament Mohd Rafizi Ramli.

Pandan Member of Parliament Mohd Rafizi Ramli.

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KUALA LUMPUR — November 14, 2016: Pandan member of parliament Mohd. Rafizi Ramli was sentenced to 18 months in prison by a Sessions Court here today for two offences under the Official Secrets Act (OSA).

The PKR vice-president was guilty on the first charge of unauthorised possession of a page from the 1MDB audit report at the Parliament lobby ast March 24 and given 18 months in jail.

Rafizi, 39, also received another 18 months for a second offence of exposing the content of the report at a press conference at the same place on March 28.

Judge Zulqarnain Hassan ordered the sentences to run concurrently and granted a stay pending Rafizi’s appeal to the high court and raised the bail from RM3,000 to RM5,000.

The conviction means Rafizi will not be able to contest in the 14th general election should parliament be dissolved while his appeal is pending. This is because a person who has been convicted and fined RM2,000 or given a jail term of more than one year cannot be a candidate.

However, his lawyer Gobind Singh Deo said Rafizi’s position as MP is not affected until the full legal process has not reached the final stage, in Rafizi’s case the court of appeal. — Bernama

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