PETALING JAYA: Election Commission (EC) chairman Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun (pic) has denied speaking to the Attorney General or anyone from his office about PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli’s case.
“I wish to put on record that I had not discussed the case or appeal with Tan Sri Tommy Thomas or any officer from the Attorney General Chambers (AGC) that led to Thomas to decide to withdraw the said appeal and institute disciplinary proceedings against any of his officer or to in any way influence Thomas in his decision-making process, ” he said.
Thomas had expressed shock that the AGC had, without his knowledge, appealed against the recent acquittal of Rafizi under the Banking and Financial Institutions Act (Bafia) for allegedly revealing bank accounts related to National Feedlot Corporation (NFC).
Thomas said the decision not to appeal was made after discussion with Azhar and this was conveyed to the relevant officers.
Azhar clarified that the only recent discussion with Thomas involved the case of PKR vice-president Tian Chua, as the EC was a party to it and had a direct interest.
“I had, in my official capacity, sought advice from Thomas on whether or not to file an appeal against the decision of the High Court in that case, ” he said.
Azhar added that he was a staunch advocate of the doctrine of separation of powers and had always been conscious of the purview and jurisdictions of the various institutions and agencies of governance.
“The record will show that I am a stickler to this doctrine and I wish to assure the public that I will not interfere or meddle with the affairs of any institution and agency of governance to which I am not related, let alone partake in their decision making, ” he said.
The High Court in Shah Alam had on Nov 15 acquitted and discharged Rafizi after overturning his conviction last year of revealing bank accounts related to NFC, its subsidiary companies and its chairman Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail.
In February last year, just before the 14th General Election, Rafizi and former bank clerk Johari Mohamad were sentenced to 30 months’ jail by the Shah Alam Sessions Court for flouting the Banking and Financial Institutions Act.