KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 1 – A witness told the Sessions Court here that the website www.rafiziramli.com which contained a posting of an official document on 1Malaysia Development Berhad audit report belonged to Pandan Member of Parliament Mohd Rafizi Ramli.
Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) assistant director Mohd Zamiri Sanim said the posting of the document was with the title “Laporan Ketua Audit Negara Ke Atas 1MDB Mengesahkan Kesan Masalah Kewangan 1MDB Ke Atas LTAT” (Report by the Auditor-General on 1MDB confirmed effect of 1MDB’s financial problem on LTAT).
He said the investigation by the commission was conducted in various stages, including checks with telecommunication companies and the National Registration Department, to ascertain that the website belonged to Mohd Rafizi, 39. Mohd Zamiri, 35, said the investigation on the website was made following a request from investigating officer Supt Rajagopal last April 11.
“The checks with the relevant quarters were made after he found several particulars on the website required further investigation, like telephone numbers and e-mail addresses. Apart from that, I also found that several links on the website, like Facebook, also belonged to Mohd Rafizi,” he said, adding that the report on the investigation and analysis on the website were submitted to his department head for approval.
Mohd Zamiri, who is the third prosecution witness, was testifying on the third day of Mohd Rafizi’s trial for illegal possession and leaking official documents related to the audit report on 1MDB. Questioned by deputy public prosecutor Zhafran Rahim Hamzah, Mohd Zamiri said he handed over the report to Rajagopal on the day it was approved, which was last April 11.
Mohd Rafizi, who is also Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) vice-president and secretary-general, was charged with illegal possession of page 98 of the Audit Report on 1MDB, an offence under the Official Secrets Act 1972. The offence was allegedly committed at the Parliament Building lobby at 3pm on March 24.
The charge, under Section 8(1)(c)(iii) of the Official Secrets Act 1972, carries a jail term of up to seven years upon conviction. Mohd Rafizi is also accused with leaking the contents of the audit report on 1MDB to the media at the same place and time on March 28, and offence under Section 8(1)(c)(iv) of the same Act, which provides for imprisonment of up to seven years upon conviction.
Meanwhile, a journalist from Free Malaysia Today, Nawar Firdaws Idris, 28, told the court that he also received a copy of the official document on the 1MDB audit report during a media conference called by Mohd Rafizi at the Parliament lobby last March. The fourth prosecution witness said the document was about the link between 1MDB and LTAT (Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera or the Armed Forces Fund Board) and its subsidiary, Perbadanan Perwira Hartanah Malaysia.
Questioned by deputy public prosecutor Shukor Abu Bakar, Nawar Firdaws said he did bring home the document because he was informed by another journalist that the document could not be used for news material. He added that he also made a recording of the media conference which went on for about an hour, but erased the audio recording after the news was posted on the FMT portal. The hearing before Judge Zulqarnain Hassan continues on July 25. — Bernama