PETALING JAYA: The Attorney General's Chambers (AGC) should drop its appeal against PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli’s acquittal, says Datuk Mohamed Arshad Raji.
The National Patriots Association (Patriot) president said the AGC should not be appealing Rafizi's case under the Banking and Financial Institutions Act (Bafia).
"This is based on the principle of natural justice. so Genuine whistle-blowers should be protected, ” he said in a statement on Monday (Dec 9).
Irrespective of how one looks at the issue, from the perspective of the rule of law or even if the reason to appeal is to obtain the grounds of judgement from the trial judge; the Shah Alam High Court has decided to acquit Rafizi Ramli and the decision should stay, he added.
"Rafizi had the courage to blow the whistle against the perpetrators of the ‘cowgate’ scandal.
"He stuck his head and neck out at a time when senior civil servants and those who held high offices were cocooned in cowardice and dared not speak up. Some were even accomplices to the crime.
“There are also those who only spoke up after the Barisan Nasional government was overthrown," he said.
Patriot agrees with Attorney General Tan Sri Tommy Thomas that action should be taken against an AGC officer who had disregarded his instructions not to appeal.
"This is clearly insubordination. Of late, there have been complaints of a ‘deep state’ where senior officials and departmental heads disobeyed standing instructions and policies of ministers seemingly to sabotage the Pakatan Harapan government.
"This nonsense has to stop," he added.
All public servants must toe the line and abide by the policies of the Pakatan government, he said.
"Any senior public servant found sabotaging the policies of the government must be seriously dealt with," Arshad added.
Thomas has been quoted by a news portal saying that he was shocked because the decision to appeal was made without his knowledge, and that it was decided after a discussion he had with Election Commission chairman Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun that the AGC would not be appealing.
Theedgemarkets.com reported Thomas as saying that the decision had been conveyed to the relevant officers.
The High Court in Shah Alam had acquitted and discharged Rafizi on Nov 15 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 Bafia.