KUALA LUMPUR: Suspended Commercial Crimes Investigation Department Director Comm Datuk Ramli Yusoff on Thursday asked the prosecution to withdraw his third charge for alleged failure to disclose information on his ownership of 20,000 Telekom Malaysia shares last year.
His lead counsel Datuk Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said if the prosecution failed to do so he would make an application to the court to strike out the charge on grounds that it was groundless.
The third charge stated that Comm Ramli, 56, had 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 senior police officer is said to have committed the offence at the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) headquarters in Putrajaya on Sept 17 last year.
Shafee said the shares were completely financed by a bank on Sept 18 last year.
"The shares belonged to the bank until Comm Ramli paid fully for the shares. Any investigator will know this. The lumping of the third charge on my client at the last moment, not relevant for the declaration of assets, is totally wrong," he argued.
Shafee said it was also serious mala fide (in bad faith) on the part of the prosecution.
Besides that, he said, Comm Ramli had stated that he made a declaration for the assets last year with the cut-off period up to August last year.
He said the notice issued by a deputy public prosecutor for his client over the declaration was dated July 17.
"The date of services of notices outrides the date of declaration of property and assets. Comm Ramli had declared his assets in August last year," he said.
Shafee said further the accused couldn’t run to ACA if he bought a laptop or a car on each occasion in order to declare it to the agency.
Lead prosecutor Abdul Razak Musa, however, argued that the prosecution would call witnesses to prove how the accused had owned the shares.
"It is premature for us to withdraw the third charge or for the court to strike out the charge until we have called our witnesses," he said.
Shafee replied that he left it to the prosecution to consider the matter further before making full submission over this.
Comm Ramli had also claimed trial on Nov 1 with not disclosing information about two office units belonging to his sisters and his shares in a property company.
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