The Shah Alam Sessions Court today sentenced PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli to 30 months in jail for leaking confidential banking details related to the National Feedlot Corporation in 2012.
Former Public Bank clerk Johari Mohamad was found guilty of abetting Rafizi and sentenced also to 30 months in jail.
Judge Zamri Bakar said that the “prosecution has succeeded in proving the case beyond reasonable doubt.”
He, however, granted a stay of execution for both the accused to allow their lawyers to file appeals and set bail at RM15,000 each.
Rafizi, 40, who is also Pandan member of parliament, was represented by Ahmad Nizam Hamid while Latheefa Koya appeared for Johari.
“We will apply for a stay possibly this afternoon, if not this evening but regardless, it will be made today,” Ahmad Nizam told reporters.
When met outside the Court, Rafizi said he was relieved that no fine was imposed.
“If the court had imposed a hefty fine, I would not be able to pay and (would) have to be taken straight into custody,” he said.
He added that if he was taken to prison, he would not be able to campaign for Pakatan Harapan in the general election.
However, Rafizi said he was confident his appeal would be allowed on technical grounds.
In 2012, Rafizi and Johari were charged under Section 97 of the Banking and Financial Institutions Act (Bafia) 1989 for the disclosure of four accounts linked to NFC and its chairman Mohd Salleh Ismail, who is the husband of Umno Wanita chief Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.
Although the Act was repealed in 2013, Rafizi’s charges still stand.
The maximum fine for exposing bank accounts under Bafia is RM3 million, or a three-year jail sentence, or both.
Rafizi has another conviction under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) in 2016, for leaking page 98 of the classified 1MDB audit report at a press conference.
He was jailed 18 months for this by the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court in 2016 and the jail sentence was upheld by the High Court in August last year.
However, he was acquitted on the charge of possessing the audit report.