AG: Appeal Against Rafizi Done Without His Knowledge, to Act Against Errant Officers

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Tommy Thomas shocked by news reports that the AGC had appealed against the acquittal of Rafizi Ramli.

Thomas has vowed to take action against his officers who had filed an appeal against the Shah Alam High Court decision.

This came after Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) officers challenged the decision to acquit and discharge PKR vice-president Rafizi and bank clerk Johari Mohamad under the Banking and Financial Institutions Act (Bafia) for allegedly revealing bank accounts related to National Feedlot Corporation (NFC)

“I was not aware that the appeal was filed. I did not instruct my officers to appeal this case.

“This is clear disobedience. I will initiate disciplinary action against those responsible.

“We will also find out why the appeal was filed when clear instructions were given not to file.

“I am shocked as it was decided after a discussion I had with Election Commission chairman Azhar Azizan Harun that we will not be appealing. And the decision was conveyed to the relevant officers,” Thomas was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, Rafizi today hoped the A-G will act against a former minister’s family in the NFC case.

His comments followed an announcement that the public prosecutor’s office had filed an appeal against his acquittal last month.

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“I hope he is as diligent to bring to justice the ex-minister’s family members who benefited from the RM250 million (loan),” he posted on Twitter today.

The Pakatan Harapan government, in June, had filed a suit against NFC, its CEO and directors as well as six subsidiary companies to recover RM253.6 million that was loaned to them.

The CEO of the company is former minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil’s husband, Salleh Ismail. Shahrizat’s children Wan Shahinur Izran, Wan Shahinur Izmir and Wan Izzana Fatimah Zabedah are the directors.

The government is seeking a declaration that Salleh’s family is responsible for the repayment of the loan.

Putrajaya is also making a claim for the undeclared profits accruing from the mismanagement of the funds loaned, as well as property purchased with the funds.

The government, in its lawsuit, claimed the family made 10 withdrawals totalling RM180.51 million from Jan 24, 2008 to Jan 3, 2011.

Of the RM180.51 million withdrawn, only RM8.32 million was paid directly to third parties to conduct the National Feedlot Centre project.

The balance of the withdrawn funds was transferred to other NFC accounts and a total of RM118.04 million from this balance was allegedly misused.

It was claimed that a total of RM9.76 million was abused to purchase a unit at One Menerung Residence as well as purchasing two plots of land in Putrajaya, making payment to two legal firms and purchasing a four-storey shophouse at Solaris Mont Kiara.

Salleh was charged with criminal breach of trust (CBT) and misuse of company funds in the NFC case but the charges were later dropped due to insufficient evidence, according to former A-G Apandi Ali.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng had said that NFC still owes the government a sum of RM253,618,455 according to the complete statement of federal government loans from the Accountant-General’s Department.

He added the government wants to seek full repayment of the loan to NFC.