KUALA LUMPUR: Suspended Commercial Crimes Investigation Department Director Comm Datuk Ramli Yusoff has been slapped with another charge – failure to disclose information on his ownership of 20,000 Telekom Malaysia shares last year.
Comm Ramli, 56, pleaded not guilty to the charge yesterday.
He is alleged to have failed to comply with a notice dated July 17 last year issued by the Public Prosecutor to give a written statement under oath of all his assets.
The notice, which expired on Sept 19, was issued under Section 32(1)(a) of the Anti-Corruption Act 1997.
The senior police officer is said to have committed the offence at the Anti-Corruption Agency headquarters in Putrajaya on Sept 17.
If convicted, he can be sentenced up to 20 years’ jail and fined a maximum of RM100,000.
Comm Ramli was charged on Nov 1 with not disclosing information about two office units belonging to his sisters and his shares in a property company.
Earlier, DPP Abdul Razak Musa asked for a mention date for a summons case against Comm Ramli.
In the summons case under the Penal Code, Comm Ramli is accused of unlawfully engaging in business in Kinsajaya Sdn Bhd as a company director on April 25, 2006.
DPP Razak, who is also director of the ACA's legal and prosecution division, said the cases would be tried separately because they involve different facts.
Lawyer Datuk C. Vijaya Kumar told the court that lead counsel Datuk Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, who was discharged from a hospital on Monday, was currently on medical leave.
He said Shafee would only be able to attend court on Thursday.
Sessions Court judge Datin Zabariah Mohd Yusoff set five days from April 14 for trial of the summons case.
Later, Comm Ramli's trial on three charges under the Anti-Corruption Act started.
The first witness, ACA Supt Fikri Abdul Rahim, 32, said he was asked by his unit chief, Senior Supt Saiful Ezral Arifin, to hand over a notice issued by a deputy public prosecutor to Comm Ramli on July 17 last year.
Supt Fikri said he met Comm Ramli at the Hotel Sri Pacific lobby here at 5.50pm on the same day and gave him the notice.
He said he met the accused again on Aug 21 at Eastin Hotel, Damansara, at 6.25pm and gave him the extension notice. He said Comm Ramli acknowledged acceptance by signing the notices.
“I informed Saiful later that both notices had been delivered to him,” he said.
Questioned by Vijaya Kumar, he agreed that the notices were similar in substance.
The second witness, ACA investigator Md Asmawi Rithwan, 28, testified that he was ordered by Supt Saiful, who was also the investigating officer, to collect a sworn statement from the accused at his office in Bukit Perdana on Sept 17.
Md Asmawi said the accused handed over his sworn statement in a sealed envelope that day.
He said he received four boxes of documents from Comm Ramli on Sept 19 while Supt Adlan Ahmad sent some other documents to the ACA office in Putrajaya on Sept 20.
He said he handed over all documents to Supt Saiful later.
The third witness, ACA investigating officer Azmi Ismail, 48, said he lodged a complaint on April 2 based on a report compiled by Supt Fikri.
The hearing continues tomorrow.
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