Rafizi to know Sept 1 on OSA charge

Gobind Singh

KUALA LUMPUR: Sessions Court judge Zulqarnian Hassan will decide on September 1 whether Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli needs to enter his defence for a charge under the Official Secrets Act (OSA).

He also ordered the prosecution and defence to file their submissions before September 1.

Earlier Rafizi’s lawyer, Gobind Singh, questioned police on the need to arrest the PKR lawmaker at Parliament’s front gate for allegedly leaking government secrets.

Investigating officer Superintendent R Rajagopal, attached to the Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID), told the court that he ordered his men to arrest Rafizi in front of Parliament building on April 6 and was informed that the lawmaker was apprehended when he stepped out.

“I am aware of the disputed way on how he was arrested but I was not there,” he told Gobind.

The lawyer asked why police sent two patrol cars with officers to arrest Rafizi.

Gobind: Why was there a need to nab him at Parliament’s front gate and where he was pulled inside?

Rajagopal: For investigation purposes. How he was apprehended, I cannot explain. I was not at the scene (of arrest).

The lawyer suggested to the police officer that arresting Rafizi at Parliament’s front gate was unnecessary.

Rajagopal disagreed.

Gobind: Why?

Rajagopal: The arrest is a must to facilitate investigation for offences under the Official Secrets Act.

Rafizi, who is also PKR secretary-general, has been charged for allegedly possessing and leaking page 98 of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad audit report, a government secret, at a press conference.

He was said to have committed the act at Parliament building between March 24 and 28 in the late afternoon.

If convicted, Rafizi can be jailed up to seven years.