Arul Kanda and Najib Razak charged over 1MDB corruption

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak   was present in the Sessions Court here today to claim trial on tampering a 1Malaysia Development Berhad final audit document.

Najib was accused of using his position then to gain protection from a civil disciplinary action relating to 1MDB by way of ordering the final audit report on 1MDB to be tampered before it was finalised and presented to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

He was alleged committing the offence at the Prime Minister’s Office, Putrajaya between Feb.22 and Feb.26, 2016. 

The sixth Prime Minister was charged under Section 28(1) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 that carries a maximum 20 years imprisonment and a fine of no less than five times the amount of gratification or RM10, 000 whichever is higher.

Najib pleaded not guilty before Sessions Court judge Azura Alwi.

The Court then allowed Najib a bail of RM500, 000 with one surety and the case is to be mentioned again on January 4, 2019.

Earlier at the Sessions Court here, the former 1MDB Chief Executive Officer, Arul Kanda Kandasamy has also claimed trial to a criminal charge relating to the tampering of the 1MDB audit report.

Arul was alleged abetting with Najib who used his position as the then Prime Minister to gain protection from a  civil disciplinary action relating to 1MDB by way of ordering the final audit report on 1MDB to be tampered before it was finalised and presented to PAC.  

He was allegedly committed the offence at the Prime Minister’s Office, Putrajaya  between Feb. 22 and Feb.26, 2016.

He was charged under Section 28(1) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 that carries a maximum 20 years imprisonment and a fine of no less than five times the amount of gratification of RM10, 000 whichever is higher. The Court then offered him a bail of RM500, 000.

Meanwhile the case was brought to the Court following the statement made by the Auditor General Tan Sri Madinah Mohamad on Nov.25 who confirmed the content of the original audit report on scandal-plagued fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) had been tampered with and altered.

This comes amid reports that Najib wanted his involvement and fugitive broker Low Taek Jho or Jho Low  be omitted from the report prepared by the then Auditor-General Tan Sri Amrin Buang to remove the mention of Low Taek Jho or Jho Low’s presence during a 1MDB board meeting. _ Malaysia World News

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