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Rafizi wins appeal against banking conviction

The PKR vice-president and former Pandan MP had an earlier conviction overturned today.

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SHAH ALAM — Nov. 15, 2019: PKR vice-president and former Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli had his conviction last year for an offence under the then Banking and Financial Institutions Act (Bafia) overturned by a high court today. 

After he was found guilty Rafizi also had a 30-month jail sentence imposed.

Also acquitted by Justice Datuk Mohd. Yazid Mustafa today was bank clerk Johari Mohamad.

On February 7 last year the Shah Alam Sessions Court found Rafizi guilty of disclosing documents comprising the balance summaries relating to NFC, National Meat & Livestock Sdn. Bhd., Agroscience Industries Sdn. Bhd. and NFC chairman Datuk Seri Mohamad Salleh Ismail’s bank accounts to media consultant Yusof Abdul Alim and The Star’s reporter Erle Martin Carvalho.

Rafizi was found to have committed the offence on March 7, 2012, while Johari was charged for conspiring with Rafizi.

In his ruling Yazid referred to certain exhibits that were photostated documents that failed to meet the requirements under the Evidence Act and thus inadmissible. 

On Johari, Yazid said the Sessions Court had failed to factor in the testimony of a Bank Negara officer who agreed that Johari had never contacted, met or handed over the said documents to Rafizi.

“The prosecution’s case against Johari had also collapsed by reason of evidence of the BNM officer who agreed that the initial investigation showed the main suspect was an assistant manager at Public Bank in Jinjang who had access to the accounts.

“This material evidence was not considered at all by the learned Session Court judge in his judgement.”

During the proceedings Yazid reprimanded Rafizi’s supporters seated at the public gallery who had clapped as soon as he had read his ruling. “You can’t clap here, this is not a place to clap hands,” he remarked. — Bernama

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