SHAH ALAM – Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) vice-president Mohd Rafizi Ramli was today sentenced to 30 months’ jail by the Sessions Court here today after he was found guilty under the Banking and Financial Institutions Act (BAFIA) with disclosing banking information of four parties to the media six years ago.
Judge Zamri bakar also handed down a similar sentence on former bank clerk Johari Mohamad after finding the man guilty of conspiring with Mohd Rafizi, who is also Pandan Member of Parliament, in committing the offence.
Zamri handed down the sentence after finding that the defence by Mohd Rafizi and Johari failed to raise reasonable doubts against the prosecution’s case, conducted by deputy public prosecutor Lailawati Ali.
The court, however, allowed a stay of the sentence pending an appeal following requests by lawyers Latheefa Koya, representing Johari, and Ahmad Nizam Hamid, who represented Mohd Rafizi.
Article 48(1)(e) of the Federal Constitution states that a person is disqualified as an MP if sentenced to jail for a term of not less than one year or is fined not less than RM2,000 and has not received a pardon.
Mohd Rafizi, 41, was charged with disclosing documents comprising balance summaries relating to NFC, National Meat & Livestock Sdn Bhd, Agroscience Industries Sdn Bhd and NFC chairman Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail bank accounts to media consultant Yusof Abdul Alim and The Star reporter, Erle Martin Carvalho.
He was charged with committing the offence at the PKR headquarters in Merchant Square, Jalan Tropicana Selatan, Petaling Jaya, on March 7, 2012.
The charge under Section 97(1) of BAFIA, punishable under Section 103(1)(a) of the same Act, carries a maximum three-year jail sentence or RM3 million fine, or both, upon conviction.
Johari, 47, also pleaded not guilty to conspiring with Mohd Rafizi on the same date and address. He is charged under Section 112 (1)(c) of BAFIA, and punishable under Section 103 of the same Act. – BERNAMA