AG files appeal against acquittal of Rafizi in NFC bank info case

PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli had been accused of disclosing bank accounts related to National Feedlot Corporation, its subsidiary companies and chairman Salleh Ismail.

PETALING JAYA: The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) has filed an appeal against the acquittal of PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli under the Banking and Financial Institutions Act (Bafia) for allegedly revealing bank accounts related to National Feedlot Corporation (NFC).

One of Rafizi’s lawyers, Nik Zarith Nik Moustpha, said the defence team was notified of the appeal today through an email from the Court of Appeal’s registrar.

The High Court in Shah Alam had, on Nov 15, acquitted and discharged Rafizi after overturning his conviction last year of revealing bank accounts related to NFC, its subsidiary companies and chairman Salleh Ismail.

Nik Zarith said the registrar has also set March 9 as the appeal’s mention date.

Meanwhile, lawyer Zaid Malek, representing former Public Bank officer Johari Mohamad, who was accused of conspiring with Rafizi, also confirmed that they had been notified of the appeal by the court registrar.

Rafizi was accused of disclosing the bank accounts while Johari was accused of conspiring with him at the PKR headquarters in Merchant Square, Petaling Jaya, on March 7, 2012.

The Sessions Court had initially found them guilty under Bafia, which has since been replaced by the Financial Services Act 2013, and handed them a 30-month jail sentence.

Following their appeal, the High Court decided to free the duo, ruling that some documents produced during the trial were inadmissible as they were not in their original form.