Lawyer for former top cop in the dock

By Debra Chong, The Malaysian Insider 


The Sessions Court here today finally heard the trial of lawyer Rosli Dahlan, who is implicated in an ongoing corruption case against former senior cop, Datuk Ramli Yusuff.

Rosli, 48, a partner in Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill, is accused of hiding information on his assets under Section 32 (1) (b) of the Anti-Corruption Act 1997. His trial was originally fixed to begin in April last year.

Under the law, Rosli was required to fully disclose all his assets in a sworn statement to the national anti-graft body, then known as the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) within a certain time period.

The ACA was at the time investigating claims that former Commercial Crimes Department (CCD) chief, Datuk Ramli Yusuff, had secretly stashed a fortune worth RM27 million.

Ramli was charged in September 2007 on three counts of failing to disclose his assets, including shares worth RM154,000 in public-listed company Pemaju Industries Berhad, and Telekom.

Rosli, who was then acting for the high-ranking police officer, was brought to book in October that same year.

Ramli’s trial, in its penultimate stage, also took place today but in a separate courtroom and before a different Sessions Court judge, M. Gunalan. He is now represented by veteran lawyer Datuk Shafee Abdullah.

Ramli’s trial started on Jan 15 last year.