Counsel: Purchase of Telekom shares financed by bank loan

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  • Friday, 18 Jan 2008

KUALA LUMPUR: Suspended Commercial Crimes Investigation Department Director Comm Datuk Ramli Yusoff has asked the prosecution to drop a third charge for alleged failure to disclose information on his ownership of 20,000 Telekom Malaysia shares, saying that the shares belonged to a bank. 

His lead counsel Datuk Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said the purchase of the shares were completely financed by a bank loan on Sept 18 last year. 

“The shares belong to the bank until Comm Ramli fully pays up for the shares. Any investigator will know this,” he said.  

“The lumping of the third charge on my client at the last moment is not relevant to the declaration of assets.”  

The third charge stated that Comm Ramli, 56, failed to comply with a notice dated July 17 last year by the Public Prosecutor to give a written statement of all his assets. 

Shafee said his client had made a declaration of his assets as of August last year. 

“The notice issued by a deputy public prosecutor for my client over the declaration of the assets was dated July 17,” he said. 

“The date of service of notices outrides the date of declaration of property and assets.” 

Shafee said the accused could not run to the Anti-Corruption Agency each time he bought a laptop or a car 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. 

Later yesterday, the sixth witness in the trial, Personnel Records Management assistant director ACP Aishah Mohammad, 51, testified that the last drawn salary for Comm Ramli was RM16,019.73 – RM8,969.73 for his salary and RM7,050 as allowance. 

ACP Aishah said the police’s disciplinary board for declaration of assets had approved the declaration made by the accused over his property several times. The last record showed it was done in 2002. 

On Nov 1, Comm Ramli claimed trial after being charged with not disclosing information about two office units belonging to his sisters and his shares in a property company. 

The hearing continues before Sessions Court judge Datin Zabariah Mohd Yusoff today. 

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