KUALA LUMPUR: The Sessions Court here Thursday ordered Pandan Member of Parliament Mohd Rafizi Ramli to enter his defence on charges of unauthorised possession and exposing of confidential government document on 1MDB audit report.
Judge Zulqarnain Hassan made the order after finding that the prosecution had succeeded in establishing a prima facie case against the member of parliament.
The court found that the prosecution had succeeded in establishing that Mohd Rifizi was in possession of the confidential document and exposed its contents on his website and handphone during a media conference held at the parliament lobby last March.
Zulqarnain made the ruling after hearing testimony from seven prosecution witnesses and submissions by both parties.
Deputy public prosecutors Shukor Abu Bakar and Zhafran Rahim Hamzah prosecuted, while lawyer Gobind Singh Deo represented Mohd Rafizi.
The court set three days, from Sept 27, for Mohd Rafizi to enter his defence.
Mohd Rafizi, 39, was charged with unauthorised possession of page 98 of the audit report on 1MDB at the Parliament lobby in Jalan Parlimen here at 3 pm last March 24.
The offence, under Section 8(1)(c)(iii) of the Official Secrets Act, provides an imprisonment for up to seven years, if found guilty.
He is also charged under Section 8(1)(c)(iv) of the same law with exposing the contents of the 1MDB audit report during a media conference at the same place and time last March 28.
The offence also carries an imprisonment for up to seven years, if found guilty. – Bernama