Rafizi given 2-year good behaviour bond for leaking 1MDB report
His lawyer says the custodial sentence is excessive as Rafizi Ramli had leaked the report for the good of the nation.
PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli.
PUTRAJAYA: PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli was today given a non-custodial sentence for leaking the 1MDB report in a press conference at the Parliament building two years ago.
A three-man bench chaired by Ahmadi Asnawi handed a two-year good behaviour bond to Rafizi, who was also ordered to post RM2,000 bail in one surety.
This came after Rafiziâs lawyer Ahmad Nizam Hamid informed the bench that his client was withdrawing his appeal against the conviction.
Nizam said Rafizi would only be appealing to reduce the 18-month jail term imposed by the High Court.
Earlier, deputy public prosecutor A wang Armadajaya Awang Mahmud told the court that he had been instructed to withdraw the appeal against Rafiziâs acquittal for being in possession of page 98 of the audit report which had been classified under the Official Secrets Act.
Nizam, in urging for a binding over, said the custodial sentence was excessive.
âHe did it for the good of the nation and not out of self-interest. His revelation was no threat to national security,â the lawyer said.
Nizam added that the 1MDB report by the auditor-general had been declassified by the new government.
Awang Armadajaya did not object to the submission.
âIt is no longer an offence under the present circumstances,â he added.
On Aug 23, the High Court in Kuala Lumpur dismissed Rafiziâs appeal to set aside his conviction for leaking the report.
However, justice Azman Abdullah allowed Rafiziâs appeal against his conviction on the charge of possessing page 98 of the audit repor t.
On Nov 14, 2016, the trial court sentenced Rafizi to 36 months in jail over the two charges of possessing page 98 of the 1MDB audit report and revealing the contents of the report at the press conference.
The court ordered him to serve the two 18-month sentences concurrently.
Due to his conviction, he was unable to stand in the recent election.
Article 48 of the Federal Constitution disqualifies a person from being an MP for five years should the elected representative be convicted and sentenced to more than one year in jail, or fined more than RM2,000.Source: Google News