PKR Sec-Gen Mohd Rafizi Ramli’s BAFIA Trial set for 27 April
The Sessions Court here Tuesday today fixed April 27 for the trial of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) secretary general Mohd Rafizi Ramli.
The Pandan member of parliament is accused of leaking confidential banking information involving the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC), three years ago.
Judge Rozina Ayob also set May 26, 27 and 28 for continuation of the hearing.
Mohd Rafizi, 38, was charged in August 2012 at the Shah Alam Sessions Court with revealing four Public Bank customer-profile documents to unauthorised individuals.
The documents comprised balance summaries relating to NFC, National Meat and Livestock Sdn Bhd, Agroscience Industries Sdn Bhd and NFC chairman Datuk Seri Mohamad Salleh Ismail.
He allegedly committed the offence at the PKR’s headquarters at Merchant Square in Petaling Jaya on March 7, 2012.
The charge under Section 97(1) of the Banking and Financial Institutions Act (BAFIA) 1989, punishable under Section 103(1)(a) of the same Act, carries a maximum three years’ jail or RM3 million fine, or both, upon conviction.
Yesterday, the Federal Court dismissed Mohd Rafizi’s bid to strike out the charge; the court said it did not have the jurisdiction to hear the case which had originated from the Sessions Court.
The politician had initially applied to the High Court to strike out the charge but failed in his bid when the court on Nov 23, 2013 rejected it.
He resorted to the Court of Appeal which on May 23, 2013 upheld the high court’s decision, ruling that the application had no merit.
Meanwhile, bank clerk Johari Mohamad, 44, is also accused of conspiring with Mohd Rafizi on the same date, at the same place.
The charge is under Section 112(1)(c) of the BAFIA, and punishable under Section 103 of the same Act.