Malaysian op­po­si­tion MP jailed over leak

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A PROM­I­NENT Malaysian op­po­si­tion politi­cian was con­victed and sen­tenced to 18 months in jail yes­ter­day for leak­ing a clas­si­fied doc­u­ment on a cor­rup­tion scan­dal in­volv­ing the prime min­is­ter.

The con­vic­tion of Rafizi Ramli, who has a record of ex­pos­ing govern­ment cor­rup­tion, was sharply crit­i­cised by the op­po­si­tion and rights groups as a wor­ry­ing use of a state-se­crets law.

Mr Rafizi was con­victed of vi­o­lat­ing the Of­fi­cial Se­crets Act by re­veal­ing parts of an Au­di­torGen­eral’s re­port into the scan­dal swirling around the state-owned fund 1MDB.

Prime Min­is­ter Na­jib Razak is fight­ing al­le­ga­tions that bil­lions of dol­lars were looted from 1MDB, which he founded in 2009. The case has sparked in­ves­ti­ga­tions in sev­eral coun­tries in­clud­ing the US.

The Au­di­tor-Gen­eral’s re­port had been de­clared a state se­cret by the govern­ment, draw­ing ac­cu­sa­tions from crit­ics that the un­prece­dented move was part of a mas­sive cover-up. –

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