Wednesday 1 August 2012

PKR's Rafizi arrested under Bafia

Updated @10:45am

PKR director of strategy Rafizi Ramli was arrested this morning in connection with exposing banking details relating to the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) scandal.

NONE"I am now arrested under the Banking and Financial Insitutions Act (Bafia) and will be taken to court right now," he said in a text-message to Malaysiakini.

He said five police personnel and five Bank Negara officers arrived at his house in Bukit Antarabangsa at 6.50am.

Rafizi was allowed time to have a shower, before he was escorted to the Hulu Kelang police station.
He arrived at the Shah Alam Sessions Court about 9.20am, where the case was registered pending charges being preferred against him.

Kuala Selangor MP Dzulkefly Ahmad,PKR vice-presidents N Surendran and Nurul Izzah Anwar were among Pakatan Rakyat leaders who are at the court.

When met, Rafizi queried the timing of the action, since the Bafia probe had been carried out "a long time ago".

He posited that this could have something to do with his more recent revelations on the Ampang LRT extension project, as it was announced yesterday that the contract has been awarded to George Kent.
"(Is it) mere coincidence that the contract for the Ampang LRT extension to George Kent was announced yesterday and I was picked up this morning?

"Next week I will be facing the (hearing of the Shahrizat Abdul Jalil) defamation suit."

Shahrizat is married to Mohamad Salleh Ismail, who chairs NFC and runs it with their three children.
NFC had received a RM250 million soft loan for the National Feedlot Centre project to produce beef, but the auditor-general found that targets were not being met.

azlanBank Negara started investigations after Mohamad Salleh’s police report against Rafizi for 21 alleged breaches of private and confidential banking details that are protected under Part XIII of Bafia on secrecy and information.

Mohamad Salleh himself has been charged with two counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT) and two alleged offences under the Companies Act 1965 involving a total of RM49.7 million, related to the purchase of two luxury condominium units.

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