Rafizi sentenced to 18 months’ jail for leaking 1MDB secrets


(FMT) – Court does not accept the Pandan MP’s claim on why he could not file defence to charges under the Official Secrets Act (OSA).

The Sessions Court today sentenced PKR’s Rafizi Ramli to 18 months’ jail over two charges of leaking a classified 1MDB audit report.

Justice Zulqarnian Hassan said Rafizi would serve concurrently the 18 months’ prison sentence for each of the offences.

In an immediate reaction, the PKR secretary-general, who risks losing his status as the Pandan MP following the decision, said he would file an appeal.

Earlier, Zulqarnian said Rafizi had failed to raise reasonable doubt on the prosecution’s case.

“The accused said he could not enter his defence as the impugned page 98 was not complete and not produced in court,” he said.

However, the video on the press conference showed he was aware of the details on the page, he added.

The evidence produced before the court on Rafizi’s blog and Facebook was sufficient to show details on page 98, said the judge.

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