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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

PKR's Rafizi arrested under Bafia



PKR director of strategy Rafizi Ramli was this morning arrested by police for his alleged involvement in exposing banking details relating to the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) scandal.

"I am now arrested under the Banking and Financial Insitutions Act (Bafia) and will be taken to court right now," he said in a mobile text message to Malaysiakini.
NONEHe said that police had gone to his house at about 7am today.
"I believe I am being taken to the Shah Alam Court to be charged," he said.

Rafizi was investigated under Bafia for allegedly disclosing the banking details of the National Feedlot Corporation and its directors during an expose on the company.

The company is run by Wanita Umno chief Shahrizat Abdul Jalil's husband Mohamad Salleh Ismail and their three children.
Bank Negara’s investigation against Rafizi comes after NFC chairperson Mohamad Salleh’s police complaint against him for 21 breaches for revealing private and confidential banking details that are protected under Part XIII of Bafia on secrecy and information.
NONEMohamad Salleh himself was chargedwith two counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT) and two offences under the Companies Act 1965 involving a total of RM49.7 million, related to the purchase of two luxury condominium units.

On the first charge, he is alleged to have, as a NFC director, committed CBT involving RM9.75 million by issuing staggered payments to purchase the two units in the One Menerung condominium block in upmarket Bangsar.

On the second charge, Mohamad Salleh is alleged to have committed the same offence by transferring RM40 million via a NFC cheque into the National Meat and Livestock Corporation Sdn Bhd’s account for its use.

The two charges under Section 409 of the Penal Code provide for a jail term of two to 20 years and whipping, and a possible fine, upon conviction.

NFC was given the loan for the National Feedlot Centre project to produce beef for the nation, which the auditor-general found was not meeting its targets. 

[More to follow]

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