The Sessions Court today found Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli guilty of breaking a law protecting state secrets, following his public disclosure of the Auditor General’s Report on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
Sessions Court judge Zulqarnain Hassan found Rafizi guilty on two charges of possessing and publicly disclosing the contents of a document on March 24 and March 28 this year that was classified under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) 1972.
Rafizi had, in a press conference, disclosed contents of a document claimed to be from the AG report on 1MDB, which was classified under the OSA.
Both offences carry a maximum seven year jail term, but Rafizi is expected to appeal the decision at the High Court.
Rafizi was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment for both offences, to be carried out concurrently, which will disqualify him as a MP unless overturned on appeal.
He will be allowed to retain his seat for the duration of his appeal, which his lawyer said will be filed as soon as possible.
Judge Zulqarnain Hassan, in his summary judgement read in court, said that according to OSA provisions, the fact that a classified document is made public was enough to be regarded as an offence.
“I have watched the video clip of the press conference at it is clear that (Rafizi) is referring to paragraphs from the AG’s report on 1MDB,” he said.
Source : RAM ANAND@The Malay Mail Online