18-month jail sentence against Rafizi upheld

KUALA LUMPUR: The 18-month jail sentence against PKR vice president Mohd Rafizi Ramli (pic) for exposing the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) audit report without app­roval has been upheld by the High Court here.

Justice Azman Abdullah made the order after dismissing Raifizi’s appeal on the grounds that the sentence was sufficient and not excessive, and that there was no mistake on the part of the Sessions Court judge in imposing the sentence.

However, he acquitted and discharged Rafizi, 40, from a charge of having the 1MDB audit report.

He also allowed an application by Rafizi’s counsel Gobind Singh Deo for a stay of the jail sentence pending appeal.

Rafizi was charged with having page 98 of the report without app­roval, which he ac­quired in violation of the Official Secrets Act 1972.

The Pandan MP committed the offence at the Parliament lobby in Jalan Parlimen here at about 3pm on March 24 last year.

Rafizi was also accused of exposing, without approval, the contents of the audit report during a press conference on March 28.

He was charged under Section 8(1)(c)(iii) and Section 8(1)(c)(iv) of the Act.

On Nov 14 last year, Sessions Court judge Zulqarnain Hassan sentenced Rafizi to 18 months in jail after he was found guilty of having an unauthorised 1MDB audit report and exposing it to the media.

Article 48(1)(e) of the Federal Constitution states that an MP can be disqualified if sentenced to a year’s jail or more or fined RM2,000 and above and has not received a pardon.

Courts Crime , Rafizi Ramli , High Court , 1MDB