The Sessions Court’s decision to allow the prosecution’s case against PKR lawmaker Rafizi Ramli under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) 1972, did not come as a surprise to him.
The Pandan MP, in a statement today, said he had expected the outcome, having followed closely the preparation done by his defence team.
Despite confidence that the court would realise he should be released from the charges, Rafizi said he had also accepted the possibility of time behind bars.
“I’ve surrendered to the possibility that I may have just a few more months (of freedom) before the trial concludes, and I will receive the prison sentence.
“An offence under the OSA carries a mandatory jail term of minimum one year,” said Rafizi.
However the PKR vice-president and secretary-general said, whatever happened, he would never regret what he had done, as a person’s responsibility was to speak the truth.
“The consequence should be left solely to Allah. If we are confident that we have spoken the truth to seek for blessings from Allah, then we have to be confident that Allah will protect us and our family.
“If only all leaders and religious scholars would adopt such a stand, it will be much easier for us to fight against tyranny no matter how strong the rulers are.
“Hence, I will continue to raise up issues affecting the people.”
Sessions Court judge Zulqarnain Hassan today said the evidence presented by the prosecution team was sufficient to establish a prima facie case against Rafizi.
He was charged with unauthorised possession of page 98 of the 1MDB Audit Report, which is still classified under the OSA.
If found guilty of possession under Section 8(1)(c)(iii) of the Act, he faces a jail term of up to seven years.
Rafizi is also charged with exposing the contents of the report at a press conference on March 28 this year, under Section 8(1)(c)(iv) of the same Act which also provides a maximum seven-year jail term.
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