Nov 14 D-Day for Rafizi

 |Oct 6, 2016
Court has Nov 14 for decision on Rafizi's OSA case.
Court has Nov 14 for decision on Rafizi’s OSA case.

The Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur today has set Nov 14 for decision on Pandan MP Mohd Rafizi Ramli case of being in unauthorised possession of and exposing confidential government document on 1MDB audit report.

Judge Zulqarnain Hassan set the date after Rafizi’s lawyer Gobind Singh Deo informed the court that the defence had closed its case at the end of trial.

The court also set Oct 21 for the defence to submit their written submission and Oct 31 for the prosecution to reply.

Earlier, Mohd Rafizi, who is PKR vice-president and secretary-general, testified from the dock, saying he was not guilty on both charges and asked to be acquitted and discharged.

The MP said this was because the fundamentals of the charges against him were not submitted in the trial.

“With the absence of page 98 of the audit report on 1MDB, I have been extremely prejudiced because I was not able to refer to the document during the hearing of my defence,” he added.

Following which, Govind asked the court to call National Audit Department deputy audit director Nor Salwani Muhammad @ Mat, 49, to testify again and during cross-examination, she agreed with the counsel that the exhibit marked “P13” was part of page 98 of the audit report on 1MDB.

Mohd Rafizi, 39, was charged with unauthorised possession of page 98 of the audit report on 1MDB at the Parliament lobby in Jalan Parlimen here at 3 pm last March 24.

The offence, under Section 8(1)(c)(iii) of the Official Secrets Act, provides an imprisonment for up to seven years, if found guilty.

He was also charged under Section 8(1)(c)(iv) of the same law with exposing the contents of the 1MDB audit report during a media conference at the same place and time last March 28.

The offence also carries an imprisonment for up to seven years, if found guilty.

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