PAS defends AG officers who filed appeal against Rafizi

PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan says officers from the Attorney-General’s Chambers were only following procedures.

PETALING JAYA: The attorney-general (AG) should act in accordance with the law and should not practise selective persecution, said PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan.

He said PAS was surprised by AG Tommy Thomas’ action in wanting to withdraw the appeal filed by his own officers against PKR stalwart Rafizi Ramli’s acquittal on a charge of violating the country’s bank secrecy laws.

Takiyuddin said the AG’s Chambers, as keeper of the law, should be apolitical and must take action without any fear or favour.

“PAS is surprised by the AG’s statements when finding out his officers from the AG’s office had filed an appeal on the case.

“They were only following procedures. This was also confirmed by the former AG, Apandi Ali,” he said in a statement.

Takiyuddin said what was more baffling was that Thomas said he had discussed with Election Commission chairman Azhar Azizan Harun, although the charges against Rafizi had nothing to do with the elections.

Azhar has since issued a statement that he had nothing to do with this case.

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 the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC), its subsidiary companies and its chairman, Salleh Ismail.

Thomas claimed he had ordered his officers not to file the appeal and vowed that the officers involved would be punished for going against his orders.