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AG told to charge corrupt politicians in Ezams expos&#233

DAP Youth has urged the Attorney-General's Chambers to initiate prosecution against those accused of corruption in the two secret documents leaked by a Keadilan leader whose eventual conviction for his action, it said, proved that the documents were real.

The wing's acting secretary Loke Siew Fook lodged a police report at the Dang Wangi police station in Kuala Lumpur today to call upon the AG's Chambers to reopen the case against the two prominent Umno politicians implicated in the documents.

"The conviction of Mohd Ezam Mohd Nor under the OSA meant and proved that the two secret documents were genuine," he said in the report.

Ezam, who is Keadilan Youth chief, was found guilty and sentenced to two years in jail for committing an offence under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) by the Petaling Jaya Sessions Court last Wednesday.

Sessions Court judge Wan Afrah Wan Ismail said the punishment meted out was appropriate and in the interest of the public, adding that Ezam's defence team, comprising Zainur Zakaria and Raja Aziz Addruse, failed to prove that the accused did not contravene the OSA.

According to the judge, Ezam admitted that he held a press conference on Nov 6, 1999 to expose the corruption and abuse of power by International Trade and Industry Minister Rafidah Aziz and former Melaka chief minister Rahim Thamby Chik.

"He knew and was sure that those documents were official secrets but still took the risk," she said.

Grounds for prosecution

In the police report, Loke also questioned why the two politicians were not prosecuted for corruption.

According to him, the documents from the Prosecution Division of the AG's office dated March 14, 1995, signed by Abdul Gani Patail stated that there was prima facie to prosecute Rafidah on five counts of corruption.

The documents also revealed that the AG's Chambers and Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) had concluded by June 1994 that there was a case against Rahim on four charges of corruption based on the information provided to the agency by former DAP member of parliament Lim Guan Eng.

"Why were the two individuals mentioned in the secret documents not prosecuted for corruption and on what basis was immunity from prosecution granted to them?" Loke asked.

Ezam who was until recently detained at the Kamunting Detention Centre in Perak under the Internal Security Act for allegedly planning to overthrow the government using militant means, is serving his two-year sentence at the Kajang prison in Selangor.


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