PETALING JAYA: PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli has found out that he is not above the law, said Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.
“Rafizi Ramli has made a career out of slandering opponents without conducting due diligence and in total disregard for the law of the land. This time he deliberately and knowingly broke the law. The police investigated, and the public prosecutor agreed there was a case.
“Rafizi has been tried and found guilty, which was his aim all along. He wanted to be jailed so that he could present himself as a political martyr,” said the Barisan Nasional Strategic Communications director in a statement on Monday.
The Sessions Court had convicted Rafizi, who is Pandan MP, over charges of unauthorised possession of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) audit report and exposing it to the media.
Abdul Rahman, who is also Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said Rafizi chose to go ahead despite being warned repeatedly that he would be breaking the Official Secrets Act (OSA) if he disclosed any of the report.
“No country can operate with people deliberately breaking the law and being allowed to get away with it. Does Rafizi think that he is above the law? That the law applies to his constituents but not to him?” said the Kota Belud MP.
Abdul Rahman said that Rafizi knowingly committed a serious crime and therefore, it was right that he pays the price and had only himself to blame.
Rafizi was charged with possessing Page 98 of the 1Malaysia Development Bhd audit report without approval, which he acquired in violation of the OSA 1972.
He was said to have committed the offence at the Parliament lobby at 3pm on March 24 this year.
Rafizi, 39, was also accused of exposing without approval, the contents of the same page of the audit report during a press conference on March 28, thus endangering the secret.
He had on April 8 claimed trial to violating the OSA. He was later released on a RM3,000 bail pending disposal of the case.
Article 48(1)(e) of the Federal Constitution states that an MP is disqualified if sentenced to jail for a year or more or fined RM2,000 and above and has not received a pardon.