AG ‘shocked’ over AGC’s appeal against Rafizi, vows to rescind it

Attorney-General Tommy Thomas says he will rescind the appeal against Rafizi Ramli’s acquittal on Monday.

PETALING JAYA: The attorney-general said he will rescind the appeal against Rafizi Ramli’s acquittal under the Banking and Financial Institutions Act (Bafia) for allegedly revealing bank accounts related to the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC).

Tommy Thomas, who seemed to be in the dark over the matter, told that he will do so on Monday.

He also expressed shock that the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) had filed an appeal against the PKR vice-president’s acquittal last month.

Thomas said he had decided against doing so following a discussion with Election Commission chairman Azhar Azizan Harun.

“And the decision was conveyed to the relevant officers,” he told the financial portal.

Earlier today, 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.

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

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

Former Public Bank officer Johari Mohamad, who was accused of conspiring with Rafizi, also confirmed that he had been notified of the appeal by the court registrar of the AGC’s appeal.

This sparked criticisms, including by Rafizi, who expressed hope that Thomas would act against a former minister’s family in the NFC case.

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.

Thomas also told the portal that he will find out why the appeal was filed despite clear instructions given to not do so.

“Disciplinary action will be taken against those responsible,” he was quoted as saying.