Ultra wealthy Former Director of Bukit Aman Commercial Criminal Investigation Department Dato’ Ramli Yusuf is back in the limelight again. This time, he is taking the Attorney General Tan Sri Gani Patail, Former Inspector General Tan Sri Musa Hassan and a stream of others for a botched corruption charges six years ago.
Now, ex-commercial crimes chief sues AG, ex-IGP and 10 others
BY LOOI SUE-CHERN
NOVEMBER 01, 2013
Former Commercial Crimes Investigation Department chief Datuk Ramli Yusoff is suing 12 people for malicious prosecution of corruption charges brought against him six years ago.
Among those involved in the RM128.5 million lawsuit include Attorney General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail and former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan.
The lawsuit, filed today at the Kuala Lumpur High Court, is related to a slew of charges brought against him exactly six years ago today, including his alleged involvement in Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s black eye incident and the “Copgate affair” which involved allegations of corruption among top police officers.
The other defendants include the government, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, the AG’s Chambers prosecution head Datuk Nordin Hassan, deputy public prosecutor Kevin Morais, several MACC officers, and the police.
Ramli alleged that the defendants conspired against him, had malicious intent, conducted false investigations and abused their powers, among others.
The five charges against Ramli then were three counts of corruption and one for unlawful engagement in trade by a civil servant, which were heard in Kuala Lumpur. This was followed by a charge for the abuse of power on November 19, 2007, in Kota Kinabalu.
He was eventually freed of all charges in July 2009 and August 2010.
He said the result of the prosecution was a damaged reputation and a denied advancement in his career.
Ramli, who filed his statement of claim at the Kuala Lumpur High Court this morning through lawyer Adrian Silvarajoo, said he had asked for his rights and privileges as a top government official to be reinstated since he had been cleared, but his request had come to nothing.
This latest suit also came after a defamation suit he filed against several media organisations in July for their reports on him.
“The Malaysian legal system is good and since I was in the police force for 38 years, I feel it is only fair that I take action for malicious prosecution towards me.
“I am not doing this for Ramli bin Yusuff. I am doing this for the men in blue. I think the police force was demoralised at one stage. The junior officers were worried and scared to use their own discretion,” he told reporters, adding that he wanted officers to be more courageous to fight for the causes they believed in.
In his statement, Ramli detailed how he was instructed by the then IGP Tan Sri Norian Mai in 2001 to issue a show cause letter to Musa, who was then a CID officer, for allegedly breaking protocol, procedure and discipline in relation to the “black eye” incident and “sodomy 1” case.
He said that in 1998, Musa and Abdul Gani were implicated in faking medical statements in the “black eye” incident and the duo, together with Nordin, were also alleged to have made false statements in the sodomy investigation and charge.
He said since he was told to issue the show cause letter, his relationship with Musa soured, adding that while Musa got promoted to IGP, his own career advancement to deputy IGP was stalled.
Ramli also said that in March 2007, when he was instructed to conduct a special investigation into a money-lending syndicate controlled by a Goh Cheng Poh (Tengku Goh) in Tangkak, Johor, Musa interfered and the integrity of the probe was compromised.
But when Goh was detained and exiled, he said Musa and Abdul Gani forced investigation officers to reveal the identities of whistleblowers in the case, dubbed the “Copgate Affair”.
He also said there was bad blood between him and Abdul Gani following investigations by the Commercial Crime Investigation Department into the RM8 billion losses incurred by Malaysian Airlines System Bhd, in which Ramli said there was sufficient grounds to charge the then MAS chairman Tan Sri Tajuddin Ramli, but the AG’s Chambers decided not to take action.
Ramli said that any two or more of the defendants had conspired with several mainstream newspapers – namely Utusan Malaysia, Berita Harian, the New Straits Times and The Star – to defame him, adding that false information was also leaked to the media that had linked him to the “RM27 million cop” allegation.
“The RM27 million exemplary damages I am seeking are also significant since they claimed that I have assets of the same amount,” added Ramli.
He is claiming RM1.5 million in special damages, RM50 million in punitive damages, another RM50 million for aggravated damages, as well as exemplary damages of RM27 million. – November 1, 2013.
All started when Sabah politician Dr Jeffrey Kitingan made a ruckus how Ramli, who was then Director Commercial Crime Investigation Department and former Sabah CPO, has a 200 acres estate.That triggered MACC (then known as Anti Corruption Agency) to conduct an investigation on Ramli.
The investigation by MACC also discovered that Ramli wrongfully used Royal Malaysia Police aircraft to fly above his plantation near Lahad Datu and observe.
Musa was the IGP when this happened.
The entire chain of events and Ramli’s counter allegations against Musa, has now surfaced as the basis of this suit which Ramli is demanding from Gani, Musa dan ten others.
For the record, late last year Ramli has been implicating Musa’s good name in a lot of his statements to the media, particularly Riong Kali dot com news portal. As such, it drew a response from Musa by calling Rami “The ‘White Knight’ of PDRM”. Later, Musa also added that there is an unnamed politician who is giving Ramli the backing.
Ramli took Musa to court for that. Three days ago, Ramli agreed to drop the suit when Musa apologised to him in Chambers.
Former top cop Musa says sorry to ex-CID chief, suit withdrawn
BY JENNIFER GOMEZ
OCTOBER 30, 2013
Former Commercial Crimes Investigation Department chief Datuk Ramli Yusoff (pic, right) withdrew his suit against former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan after the latter tendered an apology in chambers today.
Shah Alam High Court judge Dr Prasad Sandosham Abraham ordered Musa to pay RM10,000 in costs to Ramli.
According to Ramli’s lawyer Harvinderjit Singh, the case was initially fixed for pre-trial today.
“The plaintiff has withdrawn the suit,” said Harvinderjit, without elaborating further.
In the statement of claim filed earlier this year, Ramli alleged that Musa tarnished his reputation publicly with statements made at a news conference last year.
On December 10, 2012, Musa suggested that unnamed political figures were backing Ramli in the war of words between the two.
According to Musa, Ramli had been given the platform to criticise him while painting a positive image of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM).
“It seems like he’s the white knight, saviour of PDRM … while I’m the black knight who is destroying PDRM,” Musa had said at a press conference held by anti-crime organisation MyWatch, whose patron was Musa.
Musa was represented today by lawyers Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman and Sharuddin Ali.
Both he and Ramli smiled when they emerged from chambers, but did not reveal the terms of the settlement.
A source indicated, however, that Musa had apologised to Ramli in the judge’s chambers. – October 30, 2013.
However, it is evidently clear Ramli is someone vindictive. He would strike, every single opportunity which opened for him even though the strike might not follow through.
The fact is that Ramli is not someone who is without skeletons in his closet. The nickname “The RM27 million Cop” is not without basis. He has yet to explain how he accumulated so much wealth, which was by his own declaration when he was still in the Police Force dated September 2007.
He is has yet to furnish the details on whether all the monies earned to accumulate all the said assets, had been declared and filed with the Inland Revenue Board. Considering that he was at the grade of JUSA C officer of a Federal Government agency service, at the point of the declaration.
Ramli, in his capacity as Director of CCID wrote a letter to then PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah Ahmad Badawi about “Former Malaysia Airlines Chairman Tan Sri Tajudin Ramli accumulated RM 8.1billion in losses during his tenure” and thus warrants the latter to be charged. However, it was just a one liner in para and Ramli did not substantiate it further.
Like many of what Ramli claims, this is a lie. Not only it was never substantiated, the lie was perpetuated further by Opposition leaders such as Salahuddin Ayub and Riong Kali dot com news portal as an item to demonise the Malaysian Government and policies such as NEP.
In particular, during Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad tenure since a lot of opportunities were opened for able and potential Malay business personalities to grow and prove themselves, on top undertaking a lot of ‘special projects’ in the name of ‘national service’.
Ramli’s allegations against Tajudin was easily dispelled, since Malaysia Airlines was a plc and all major activities and annual returns have to be disclosed for public access. As such, Tajudin took The Malaysian Insider to court for an amount of RM 200 million for perpetuating a lie about him based on the story concocted by Ramli in his unsubstantiated letter to PM Flip-Flop’ Abdullah.
Riong Kali dot com had to retract all the stories, openly apologise to Tajudin and also had to take up advertisements in NST and Berita Harian for the public apology.
Now, it is only proven that Ramli is some sort of a politician and with dark political ambitions. Probably not directly with political ambitions but the statement about holding the Malaysian Government against what he claimed to have been promised to is sinister.
It is time for Attorney General Gani and MACC to do something against Ramli. They should speak up and defend their own and their badges’ honour from unscrupulous individuals who were corrupt when they were supposed to ensure order and security for the nation and now abusing the legal process and system, as a defense system against their dark ghastly past and their skeletons in the closet.
Malaysians should be sparred from such dramatisation and the courts are forum for people will real issues to go for a recourse and get justice.
It is time for ghastly poltergeists be exorcised, once and for all.