KUALA LUMPUR: Barely a day after he was sentenced to 30 months jail by the Shah Alam Sessions Court, PKR lawmaker Rafizi Ramli is back in the dock for another case, this time for allegedly defaming Tabung Haji (TH).
Magistrate Umzarul An-Nur Umar today dismissed his preliminary objection to halt his criminal defamation charge for allegedly disparaging TH in his Facebook account two years ago.
Umzarul said the Section 133 of the Criminal Procedure Code was not applicable in this case as it was not a private summon.
The Pandan MP yesterday filed a preliminary objection at the Magistrate’s Court here to halt his trial.
The accused’s counsel Gobind Singh Deo told the court that his client questioned the validity of the trial, on the basis of magistrate’s failure to conduct an examination on the complainant’s complaint.
The complainant, Datuk Rozaida Omar, who is TH chief financial officer when testifying today said the articles published on Rafizi’s Facebook account were slanderous and brought negative impacts to TH.
“Based on our monitoring, the articles had led to several of our depositors to withdraw their money,” she said.
Deputy public prosecutor Mohd Abazafree Mohd Abas prosecuted.
Rafizi claimed trial to posting an article titled, ‘Analisa Kewangan Tabung Haji 2009-2015’ in his Facebook account, Rafizi Ramli on Feb 9, 2016, which allegedly contained disparagement that could tarnish the image of Lembaga Tabung Haji.
He allegedly committed the offence on the 18th floor of Bangunan Tabung Haji, 201, Jalan Tun Razak here around 9am on Feb 8, 2016.
The charge under Section 500 of the Penal Code carries up to two years imprisonment or a fine or both, on conviction.