Rafizi Succeeded in One Appeal, Lost Another over 1 MDB Audit Expose

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Facing an 18-month jail sentence, Rafizi’s eligibility to contest in GE14 is in the balance.

PKR’s Mohd Rafizi Ramli lost his appeal bid against an 18-month jail sentence under the Official Secrets Act 1972 (OSA) at the High Court here today.

High Court judge Datuk Azman Abdullah set aside Rafizi’s conviction for possessing page 98 of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) Audit Report, but upheld his second conviction under the Official Secrets Act 1972 (OSA) for exposing the contents of the report without approval at a press conference at the Parliament building on Mar 24 last year.

However, he allowed a stay of the sentence pending appeal, with Rafizi’s lawyer Gobind Singh Deo confirming that the final appeal bid will be lodged today and that requests will also be made for expedited hearing.

The Pandan MP was sentenced to a total of 36 months in jail over the two charges by the Sessions Court on Nov 14 last year.

Despite one of the two convictions being set aside, Rafizi will still face an 18-month jail sentence as the previous two convictions were ordered to be served concurrently in the Sessions Court ruling.

He remains an MP for now.

Rafizi will not be able to contest the 14th general elections if his conviction is not overturned before the next polls due by next August.

Article 48 of the Federal Constitution disqualifies a person from being an MP for five years should the elected representative be convicted and sentenced to more than one year in jail, or fined more than RM2,000.