Friday, November 02, 2007

MORE PICS – Malaysia No 3 Cop Ramli Yusoff Day in Court 1st Nov 07 – 3+1 Charges; Reality Check on Ramli; Wife - Stand by your Man, right or wrong

UPDATE: Nov 02 07

November 02, 2007 19:46 PM
Ramli May Be Suspended Pending Disposal Of Court Case

SEREMBAN, Nov 2 (Bernama) -- Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Ramli Yusuff, who is charged with failing to make full disclosure of his assets and unlawful involvement in business, may be suspended pending disposal of the court case.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohd Najib Abd Aziz (ABOVE) said the the normal procedure under the General Orders would be to suspend a policeman facing court action. "After the court case has been settled, it is up to the police force to decide on the action against Ramli," he told reporters during a visit, prior to his retirement on Nov 13, to the Negeri Sembilan police contingent headquarters here today. He said the action taken against Ramli and allegations of corruption hurled at IGP Tan Sri Musa Hassan would not affect the morale of the police, although it dented the image of the force.

Yesterday, Ramli was charged in the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur with two counts of failing to disclose information on his assets comprising two office units and 154,000 units of shares, and another for involvement in business while being a public servant.

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Malaysiakini as always had an early and updated record of Datuk Ramli's Day at the court
Ramli charged for non-disclosure of assets Nov 1, 07 10:57amwith a Breaking Story on the Acting New CJ
Abdul Hamid named acting chief justice Nov 1, 07 7:56pm and coverage of Ramli's Dark Day on 1st Nov 2007
Ramli charged for non-disclosure of assets
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Greed has no limits to many. How many would have realized by now that:

All worldly pursuits end in sorrow;
Acquisitions end in dispersion;
Buildings in destruction;
Meetings in separation;
Births in deaths?

Knowing this, one should from the very first, renounce acquisition and heaping up, building, meeting; and be faithful to the commands of an eminent guru; set about realizing the Truth (which has no birth or death).That alone is the best path in life and most religious people have followed it.

No one is a saint when one is born. When we are born into this world of Maya, of illusion, we have to undergo all the procedures of a human being. We have to be ignorant again; we have to suffer all these illusionary desires, and then the disappointment of the unfulfilled desires and all those kind of things until one day we have enough of it and say,
Okay, that’s it. Now, whatever I have I have; if I don’t, I don’t. That’s the time you reached complete liberation. You liberate yourself from all the problems, from your own self made prison and also your own learned prejudices about who you are?
If we do a reality check on this No 3 Top Cop, his current dilemma, problems, the so called persecution and prosecution and the charges levied against him. Who created all his problems? Is he being set up by somebody? Is it the ACA that is persecuting him? Is it done by his enemies? No, he created all this by himself for there is this universal reality rule that

You create your reality wherever you are and there is no exception”. And now, if you realize that you create your physical reality through your OWN thoughts and desires, then you have learned the MOST important aspect of reality

The 55 year old Datuk Ramli Yussof claimed trial to all three charges. ACA slammed him 2 counts. Another charge is pending on Nov 19 2007 in Sabah Sessions Court.

ABOVE: Arriving with wife & 4 lawyers in his gleaming BMW with OIC plate and BELOW: Bravely walked into the welcoming arms of ACA, only to be arrested 1/2 hr after a brief statement was recorded and was taken to the Session Court in the afternoon

== == == = = == = == BELOW: Hand on arm, Stand by your man for some support when he is down. Wife is sessions court 3 judge Datuk Anita Harun
11.20 am arriving in BMW car at ACA office with wife 4 lawyers. Half hour after statement was recorded, he was arrested and was produced in court.

ABOVE & BELOW: Seen entering the ACA Hq in Putra Jaya soon after arriving

3,10 pm After 38 years of being in the police force, he was taken in a white SUV into the Jlan Duta Court complex. Family’s members & officers from CCID were there to lend him the moral support.

ABOVE: With his lawyer Rosli Dahlan (who faced a similar charge, and later disqualified) and BELOW: Off to the Session court in a white SUV
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It will be the darkest day of his life after enduring 3 months of sufferings. All eyes were on him and being mobbed. The shame & ignominy of a fallen hero.

ABOVE: The Jalan Duta Courts Complex and BELOW: Arriving in a white SUV Vehicle

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ABOVE & BELOW: tagging along, moral support from wife and daughter

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ABOVE: Escorted by Lead Counsel Datuk K.Kumaraendran and BELOW: Other fellow officers from CCID

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ABOVE: a briefing from his lawyer and BELOW: Still can manage a smile

and BELOW: in a moment of reflection on what happened at the end of the day, the sadness is there

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CCID director Ramli claims trial to three charges
R. Surenthira Kumar, theSUN

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 1, 2007): Federal Commercial Crimes Investigations Department director Datuk Ramli Yusuff today claimed trial to three charges - two for non-disclosure of assets and a third charge for involvement in business while being a public servant - in a sessions court here today.

ABOVE & BELOW: The 1st two charges, one pending on Nov 19 07 in Sabah

On the first charge of non-disclosure of assets under Section 32(2) of the Anti-Corruption Act 1997, Ramli allegedly failed to declare the ownership of two lots of business suites in the Megan Avenue II building located on Jalan Yap Kwan Seng here.The value of the two office units, during acquirement, was worth RM1, 032, 840 million and was held by two directors of Bonus Circle Sdn Bhd who were named as Ramli’s elder and younger sisters, Rohmah@ Hasmah Yusoff and Roslina respectively.

On the second charge, Ramli allegedly failed to declare the ownership of 154,000 units of shares in Permaju Industries Sdn Bhd. The two offences were allegedly committed by Ramli at the ACA headquarters in Putrajaya on Sept 17, for failing to adhere to the written notice, under Setion 32(1)(a) of the Anti-Corruption Act, which requires him to declare in writing and under oath, on assets, movable or immovable, owned by him or which he had interest in and also, all sources of income. The third, a summons charge, alleged that Ramli, on April 25, 2006, being a public servant, a Commissioner of Police holding the position of the director of the Commercial Crimes Investigations Department in Bukit Aman had flouted the Regulation 5(1)(a) of the Public Servants Rules and Regulations (Amendment) 2002 which prohibited him from being involved in business.

ABOVE: The dates fixed and BELOW: The scope of the penalties if convicted

He was alleged to have taken part in business by being involved in Kinsajaya Sdn Bhd as a director of the company, and had thus committed an offence under Section 168 of the Penal Code. After the first two charges were read to him by the court interpreter, Ramli claimed trial.

ACA Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Mohd Jazamuddin Ahmad Nawawi (ABOVE) told judge S.M.Komathy Suppiah the prosecution would be calling 20 witnesses and requested for one-week for the trial to kick-off. He said since the offences were bailable, they had no objections to allow Ramli to go overseas to perform "umrah" but requested that he hand over his passport once he returns. Ramli’s lawyer, Datuk K.Kumaraendran appealed for Ramli’s passport not to be impounded by the court.

"He is the third highest ranking police, the director of the Commercial Crimes Investigations Department and has been in the force for 38 years. His entire career hangs in jeopardy because of these charges. " It has cast a shadow on his character as a senior police officer. (The) accused intends to restore his good name and this is sufficient reason for him to appear in court and clear his name," Kumarendran told the court. He objected to the application for Ramli’s passport to be surrendered to the court, saying such a move was additional security for someone who might abscond, and there was no evidence to suggest that Ramli is about to flee the charge. Kumaraendran said being a senior police officer, there was no chance of Ramli absconding and appealed for the court to allow Ramli to stand on his personal bond to attend the hearing. He added that Ramli, who is about to perform the "umrah" overseas was also scheduled to accompany the Sultan of Kelantan in the pilgrimage.

Mohd Jazamuddin said Ramli should be no different from any other man-on-the-street and the application for his passport to be impounded by the court applies to everyone else. He said the prosecution had no objection to Ramli being allowed to perform the "umrah" but once he returns the passport has to be surrendered to the court. Kumaraendran argued that Ramli had been very cooperative with the ACA and had gone to their headquarters after being told to for his statement to be recorded, only to be charged instead. He applied for Ramli to be released on his personal bond, but Komathy rejected the application.

"Datuk Ramli, you can keep your passport," said Komathy before setting bail at RM20,000 and fixing Jan 15 to 18 for the case to be heard. Ramli, who was in the dock when the two charges were read out to him, then stepped out when the summons charge was read to him and claimed trial. Mohd Jazamuddin said the prosecution will be calling 15 witnesses and asked for an early date. Kumaraendran said he had to look at the charge in detail as he was not privy to some of the details earlier and that his defence team might seek a joint-trial date for the three charges. Jazamuddin said they were not looking at a joint-trial but agreed for the third charge to be mentioned on the dates fixed earlier, on Jan 15.

Also present in court today were Ramli’s wife, sessions court 3 judge Datuk Anita Harun and lawyer Rosli Dahlan who was recently charged in court for failing to declare his assets in connection with the investigations into Ramli by the ACA. It is learnt Rosli had attempted to represent Ramli but had to disqualify himself from doing so by the ACA. Besides Anita and Roslan, others believed to be Ramli’s sisters and relatives, friends and police officers in plain clothes were in court to lend moral support to Ramli.

Kumaraendran was assisted by Datuk C. Vijaya Kumar and Harvinderjit Singh while Zulkarnain Hassan assisted Mohd Jazamuddin. Ramli’s bail was posted by a friend, businessman Datuk Roger Tan.

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Malaysia's No. 3 policeman arrested, charged with corruption
By JULIA ZAPPEI,Associated Press Writer AP - Friday, November 2
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - One of Malaysia's top ranked police officers was arrested and charged with corruption Thursday for allegedly concealing massive wealth _ a scandal likely to further tarnish. Ramli Yusoff, director of the Commercial Crime Investigation Department, was charged with failing to reveal that he owned property worth about 1 million ringgit (US$300,000; �200,000) and 154,000 shares of unspecified value in a manufacturing firm. It is not known how much the shares are worth. If convicted he faces up to 20 years in jail.

The country's third-highest ranking police officer, Ramli was also charged with breaching government employee rules by being the director of a separate company, a charge punishable by up to two years in jail. Ramli, the country's third-highest ranking police officer, was freed on 20,000 ringgit bail (US$5,700; �4,000). The trial is scheduled to start Jan. 15. He pleaded innocent to the charges in court and claimed he was a victim of the Anti-Corruption Agency, which investigated him. He also accused the police force of failing to back him up. The ACA said he is the most senior police officer ever charged with corruption in independent Malaysia's history. Ramli, 55, had stunned the police force by holding a news conference Tuesday, when he told reporters he was being investigated for allegedly concealing assets worth 27 million ringgit (US$8.1 million; �5.6 million). His prosecution will help bolster Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's pledge to reduce corruption. However, critics say that since taking power in 2003, his efforts have shown scant success, with few major arrests or convictions.

Ramli's lawyer, K. Kumarendran, said his client believes he is being used to create the impression that Malaysia has been taking serious steps against corruption.
"The current charge has cast a shadow on his character and credibility as a respectable senior officer," the lawyer told the court, adding that Ramli's 38-year career in the Royal Malaysian Police was now in jeopardy. The Star daily said in an editorial Thursday the case exposed an unprecedented level of enmity within
Malaysia's police force.
"No one can deny the talk of disunity within the top brass of the force," the paper said. "Still, the power play is somewhat scary, if not macabre, to most Malaysians who have never witnessed such open tension within the police force."

Malaysia's more than 90,000-member police force has long suffered a reputation for bribery, inefficiency and failure to respect human rights.d force.

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November 01, 2007 17:11 PM
Ramli Charged For Non-declaration Of Assets, Business Dealings

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 1 (Bernama) -- Commercial Crimes Investigation Department director Datuk Ramli Yusoff was charged in the Sessions Court here Thursday with two counts of failing to make a full disclosure of his assets and another for involvement in business. Ramli, 55, the country's third highest ranking police officer hauled up to court by the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA), claimed trial to all the three charges. In the first charge, he is alleged to have not declared an office lot located at a building in Megan Avenue II at Jalan Yap Kwan Seng here and another office lot on the same floor of the building. The properties, worth about RM1 million, were held under the name of his two sisters -- Rohmah @ Hasmah Yusoff, 58, and younger sister,

Roslina Yusoff, who were directors of Bonus Circle Sdn Bhd, an investment holding company. In the second charge, Ramli is alleged to have not declared the 154,000 shares he had in PERMAJU Industries Berhad, a property company. The two offences were allegedly committed at the deputy public prosecutor's office at the ACA headquarters in Putrajaya on September 17. For the two offences, Ramli was charged under Section 32(2) of the Anti-Corruption Act 1997, which carries a minimum jail term of 14 days and maximum 20 years and RM100,000 fine, if convicted. For the third charge, Ramli, as a public officer and a police commissioner holding the post of Commercial Crimes Investigation Department director, was bound by the law not to be involved in business as stipulated under Regulation 5(1)(a) of the Public Officers Regulations (Conduct and Discipline) (Amendment) 2002 but was involved in business in his capacity as a director of Kinsajaya Sdn Bhd, a real estate company.

For this offence, he was charged under Section 168 of the Penal Code, which carries one year maximum jail term or fine or both, upon conviction. Ramli was produced before Sessions Judge S.M. Komathy at about 3.30pm.

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Ramli didn’t break any rules’


FEDERAL Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Ramli Yusuff had not flouted any regulations by holding a Press conference on Tuesday at his Bukit Perdana offi ce without informing Bukit Aman or the Inspector General of Police, Tan Sri Musa Hassan. A senior Bukit Aman officer, in confirming that Ramli had not notified the headquarters of his intention to hold the Press conference, said while Ramli had not committed any breach of the regulations, it was peculiar as the Press conference was personal in nature, but was conducted at his office in his capacity as the commercial crime director.

“As the head of the commercial crime department, he has the right to hold Press conferences. However, these are normally related to official duties.” The official said Musa, who had been quoted by an English daily as saying that he had not been informed of Ramli’s Press conference, had not instructed Ramli to explain his actions. The Malay Mail, however, learnt that media reports on the Press conference held by Ramli had been compiled. It could not be immediately ascertained why this was done. Musa, when contacted late last night, declined comment.
I have nothing to say.”

Ramli was also quoted by Bernama as questioning the motive of the Anti-Corruption Agency in interrogating his two sisters in Putrajaya and Kota Baru yesterday evening. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Nazri Aziz (ABOVE) yesterday criticised Ramli’s decision to hold the Press conference. He said Ramli should not have fought the case in the media but instead, in the court of law.
At the Press conference, also attended by officers from his division, Ramli had, among others, admitted that he was the officer implicated in the ACA probe looking into how he had allegedly amassed millions of ringgit in assets. He lambasted the ACA, accusing it of wrongdoing for leaking details of its investigation, saying that it is an offence under Section 21 (4) of the Anti-Corruption Agency Act. Ramli also replied to the allegations levelled against him, including his becoming a shareholder cum director of a company in
Sabah, and the alleged abuse of power concerning the detention and banishment of a businessman. On the allegation that he had amassed RM27 million, Ramli denied owning that amount, saying that it was exaggerated. Ramli said he had made an official declaration to the ACA on his assets. Ramli’s younger sister Roslina Yusuff, 42, was questioned for three hours at ACA headquarters in Putrajaya yesterday.

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An ACA Drama An ACA officer was hurt when a policeman resisted arrest and drew out his gun and a scuffled ensued. In the incident a group of ACA officers went to a petrol Kiok in Pasir Puteh, Ipoh to arrest the Police officer.. He resisted and fled in a motorcycle He was however persuaded to surrender. He is alleged to be involved in corruption when a member of public complained that he asked for money to solve a case

ABOVE & BELOW: The cop who was eventually arrested.


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