Rafizi acquitted of charge of uploading libellous statement against Tabung Haji


KUALA LUMPUR: The magistrate's court here has acquitted former Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli over a charge of uploading a libellous article against Lembaga Tabung Haji on his Facebook account three years ago.

Magistrate Umzarul An-Nur Umar granted the acquittal after the court was informed by DPP Nadia Zulkefli that the Attorney General's Chambers had received a representation sent by Rafizi on Jan 24.

"The prosecution has orders not to pursue the case against the accused. We apply for him to be discharged and acquitted," she said here on Wednesday (Feb 27).

Today was initially fixed for first day hearing of the defence trial.

The 42-year-old PKR vice-president was represented by lawyers Md. Yunos Shariff and Adi Zulkarnain Zulkafli.

On Sept 25, last year, the magistrate's court ordered for Rafizi to enter his defence on the charge after the court ruled that the prosecution had proven prima facie in the case.

Rafizi was accused of uploading a link to an article titled "Analisa Kewangan Tabung Haji 2009 - 2015" on his "Rafizi Ramli" Facebook account on Feb 9, 2016, which allegedly contained a libellous statement against Tabung Haji that could ruin its reputation.

The offence was allegedly detected at Level 18, Bangunan Tabung Haji, 201, Jalan Tun Razak at 9am on Feb 18, 2016.

He was charged under Section 500 of the Penal Code and faces a maximum two years imprisonment, a fine, or both upon conviction.