November 1, 2013
DATO’ RAMLI YUSUFF STRIKES BACK: MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!
by Din Merican
Only two days ago, former IGP Musa Hassan was made to eat the humble pie by having to apologise in Court to Dato Ramli Yusuff for the lies that Musa had perpetuated since 2007. Musa Hassan also had to pay cost to Dato Ramli.
I had commented that the law is an ass if liars and defamers can get away easily by just apologising for their lies and paying nominal cost. Utusan Malaysia and the other mainstream newspapers have been playing this trick for quite some time. Thus, Utusan tried to pull that trick again by apologising to Lawyer Rosli Dahlan after defaming him. But Rosli was wiser to their trick.
After Utusan had admitted to all their lies and wrongdoings, Rosli whacked them with a RM50 million law suit. Rosli said that Utusan was never sincere with their apology because they hid it from the public.
See the Utusan apology above. It is so clear that Utusan was part of a conspiracy against Dato Ramli and Rosli Dahlan.
Two days ago, I had suggested that Dato Ramli and Rosli Dahlan (right) should sue Musa Hassan and A-G Gani Patail by filing the mother of all defamation and conspiracy suits against all these rogues in government. I said that they must do it and they owed it to all Malaysians who have supported them to do it, so that the Rule of Law is upheld and the government may be rid of these rogues! I am happy that my suggestion has not fallen on deaf ears.
Today, Malaysiakini reported that Dato Ramli has filed a RM128.5 million law suit against A-G Gani Patail and former IGP Musa Hassan, the MACC and all the rogues. So, if Musa had thought that he was getting away cheap, he should think again. Like in the Star Wars trilogy where the Empire Strikes Back, now we see Dato Ramli striking back. An, it is so heartening that he is doing this to restore integrity and credibility to the Police Force that had been eroded by the nefarious activities of Musa Hassan and the circumvention of AG Gani Patail. To Dato Ramli, I say this – may the Force be with you!
November 1, 2013
I’m doing this for the men in blue, says Ramli
By Hafiz Yatim@www.malaysiakini.com
Former Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) Director Ramli Yusuff said his RM128 million legal action which he filed today is not for himself but for the betterment of the “men in blue”. “The Police Force were demoralised at one stage from the moment a three-star general like me and my men were charged. Sometimes they are worried to use their own discretion to react.
“I plead for the Police Force to be more courageous and to fight for the cause (against crime) I am doing this for the sake of the ‘men in blue’, that is for the betterment of the Police Force. I thought of giving them moral courage so they would not be demoralised that I was charged,” he said.
Ramli (right in photo) said he had served for 38 years in the Police Force, and during his time he and his officers had done a very good job. “Despite this, they were charged in court and I think this was unfair. So I am doing this to protect our rights,” he said.
The former top cop was referring to the case where he was charged with non-declaration of purchase of two of shop lots in the city and allegedly not declaring his directorship in a company, when the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) told several media that they were investigating a RM27 million cop.
Brigadier-general Muhammad Yassin Yahya, who was with Ramli,then Sabah Police chief, when they had boarded a Police Cessna plane scouring Lahad Datu for security purposes, was also charged with perjury when he testified in Ramli’s abuse of power trial.
Ramli and Yassin were subsequently acquitted by the Kota Kinabalu court, where former Inspector-General of Police Musa Hassan had testified. Six of Ramli’s men in the CCID who had arrested underworld kingpin Goh Cheng Poh (Tengku Goh) in Tangkak, Johor, were also charged with procuring false statements when the Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail, and Musa had allegedly used the MACC to turn over the witnesses who implicated Goh.
However, these witnesses then made a statutory declaration alleging they were forced to turn over by the MACC. Ramli said he chose today as this was the date he was charged six years ago. When asked why he was also seeking RM27 million in exemplary damages, Ramli said they (defendants) claimed that he had the amount and hence, he was also suing them for that amount.
In the suit, Ramli named Abdul Gani in his personal capacity for malicious prosecution. To questions on what sort of rights and privileges he was seeking to be restored since he had already received government compensation and reinstatement when he was acquitted, Ramli said he was seeking other damages. He also emphasised that his suit today that includes Musa as one of the defendants, was different from the one which he settled amicably Musa two days ago. “That was a defamation suit and this is for malicious prosecution and conspiracy,” he said.
November 1, 2013
Ex-top cop files suit against AG, ex-IGP and MACC
by Hafiz Yatim @http://www.malaysiakini.com
Six years ago today, former commercial crime investigation department director Ramli Yusuff was hauled to the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur on five charges, in which he was fully vindicated after a long and protracted battle. Today he named Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail and 11 others in a RM128.5 million suit for malicious prosecution.
Ramli, 61, also named former Inspector-General of Police Musa Hassan, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, the Attorney-General’s Chambers Head of Prosecution Nordin Hassan, previously Anti-Corruption Agency Prosecution Chief, several MACC officers, the police and government as defendants. The former top cop’s legal action stems from the acquittals he secured in Kuala Lumpur and Sabah and after the government failed to restore his various rights and privileges as a top government official.
Ramli was ranked number 3 in the Police Force when he was arrested. According to Ramli, he had informed the government that he intended to begin legal actions much earlier but was advised by a top government official not to do it before the May general election. However after the nationwide polls, and when his various rights and privileges were not reinstated, Ramli unleashed a slew of legal actions. In July, he filed suits against several media groups for defamation, and followed by today’s suit filed at the Kuala Lumpur High Court.
The law suit touches on a number of cases which Ramli was involved in over the past decade – from Anwar Ibrahim’s black-eye incident, the RM27 million cop allegation, to the ‘Copgate Affair’. Ramli claimed his relationship with Abdul Gani soured in 2006 after he met then Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and recommended that former MAS chairperson Tajuddin Ramli (right) be charged following severe losses suffered by the company.
“But the A-G decided not to prosecute Tajuddin. I even told the PM then that if the A-G was reluctant to prosecute Tajuddin, the CCID would have the necessary resources to conduct the prosecution. This earned Gani’s permanent displeasure…,” he said in his statement of claim.
Ramli claimed his victimisation began because of this and pointed to Gani’s questionable relationship with Tajuddin’s proxy and relative, Shahidan Shafie, as indicated by the controversial haj trip they allegedly took together.
However, Gani was cleared by the MACC after a probe on the matter. Musa’s meteoric rise The former CCID chief in his law suit said Musa had a rapid climb since former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s Sodomy I charge in 1998. Musa was the investigation officer in that case. He said his relationship with Musa, who had served under him at one point, took a turn for the worse when then Police Chief Norian Mai asked Ramli to issue show cause letters to Musa for breaches of discipline, protocol and procedure.
Ramli added he would also rely on Musa’s former aide de camp ASP Noor Azizul Rahim Taharim’s unrebutted statutory declaration to prove his claim. ”In Musa’s ascent to IGP, he enlisted the assistance of Gani and Nordin to eliminate me from the Police hierarchy. I call this a conspiracy,” Ramli continued in his statement of claim. Part of it involved having Emergency Ordinance detainee Moo Sai Chin, a murder suspect, to frame Ramli for corruption.
This hindered his ascendency tothe post of Deputy IGP, and cleared the way for Musa to clinch the post. Ramli further claimed that from December 2006 to October 2007, he was joint chief of a cabinet committee with then Deputy Home Minister Johari Baharom to eliminate a well-connected money-laundering syndicate.
In March 2007, he was directed by Johari to look into a Tangkak money lending syndicate led by Goh Cheng Poh or better known as Tengku Goh who was later arrested and put under restricted residence. Musa, he alleged, interfered with the course of that investigation and along with Gani (right), tainted the findings and investigations by the CCID. (See Malaysiakini report ‘Bizarre case of ex-IGP, AG and an underworld boss’) Ramli claimed Gani had issued an unusual order demanding that he revealed highly confidential information on the whistle blowers leading to Goh’s arrest – called the ‘Cicero files’ – to the MACC.
This resulted in the informants retracting their earlier statements indicting Goh. Ramli further claimed that Musa and Gani did not want to assist his department in Goh’s habeas corpus application by not wanting to draft affidavits in reply. Eventually, he had to ask a private lawyer, his friend Rosli Dahlan, to draft the affidavits rather than the Attorney-General’s Chambers.
This also resulted in six CCID officers who helped Ramli in making the Tengku Goh arrest charged for procuring false statements. However, they were all later cleared of wrongdoings. Alleged abuse of power Ramli also alleged that sometime in April 2007, Musa (left) initiated an investigation on him for alleged abuse of power in using a police aircraft while he was Sabah police chief. He also intensified investigation against Ramli using underground kingpin Moo’s false statement which alleged that the former CCID chief had amassed wealth through corrupted means. This led to the MACC launching a probe on him and also his lawyer friend, Rosli Dahlan.
The MACC alleged Ramli was worth RM27 million, and he was subsequently charged for failure to declare his ‘hidden’ assets. However he was subsequently acquitted of the charges by the courts in Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Putrajaya.
Ramli argued that he had been maliciously prosecuted and his prosecution was an abuse of the legal process. He had also suffered severe damage to his reputation and denied advancement in his career, in particular his chance to be Deputy IGP. Hence, he is claiming RM1.5 million in special damages for expenses incurred in defending himself in Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu, punitive damages of RM50 million, another RM50 million for aggravated damages, as well as exemplary damages of RM27 million.
Ramli is also seeking general damages. On Wednesday, Musa apologised to Ramli in court following another lawsuit filed by the ex-CCID chief over the former IGP’s “white knight and black knight remark” at a press conference last year.