Barely half an hour ago, Malaysiakini reported HERE that Former federal commercial crime investigation department chief Ramli Yusoff was acquitted of a charge for breaching laws preventing civil servants from being involved in private businesses.

Kuala Lumpur High Court judge SM Komathy Suppiah said that the prosecution had failed to prove a prima facie case as there was no evidence to prove that he was a director Kinsajaya Sdn Bhd on May 2, 2006. She said that even if that point was proven, the prosecution did not present any evidence to show that he was engaged in any form of trading while in his alleged capacity as a director of the said company.

Ramli was charged for violated the Public Officers’ (Conduct and Discpline) Regulations 2002 which is an offence under Section 168 of the Penal Code. If convicted, Ramli could have been jailed for one year, fined or both.

This is the last of several cases brought against him in 2007, which he hinted was part of a wide conspiracy to ruin him. He was acquitted of all charges.


Background of the case

* 1 November 2007 – Datuk Ramli Yusoff reported at the headquarters of the Anti-Corruption came with BMW car with four lawyers.
He was indicted by the ACA for possession of assets worth RM27 million.

* 2 November 2007 – Ramli Yusuff was suspended from his duties, be detained until the court’s decision on his case.

* 1 November 2007 – The Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) accused Ramli Yusuff at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court , Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur of three charges. He pleaded not guilty to three charges and was released on bail of RM20, 000 in one surety pending trial 15 to January 19, 2008. Judge Komathy Suppiah to hear his case at 3:30 pm.

You can read up more on the background at THIS LINK which is a translation of Wikipedia’s page on Ramli Yusoff.