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MCO: Najib’s 1MDB audit report tampering trial postponed

Kuala Lumpur – The trial involving Datuk Seri Najib Razak who is accused of tampering with the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) final audit report has been postponed due to the movement control order.

The trial was last heard on Oct 13 last year, and was originally scheduled to resume next Monday (Jan 18).

Deputy Public Prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib told the press that the hearing is expected to resume before Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan on Feb 22.

At least seven people have been called to testify in the trial, which included former chief secretary to the government Tan Sri Ali Hamsa and former auditor-general Tan Sri Ambrin Buang.

Najib is accused of using his position to order amendments to the 1MDB final audit report that had already been “finalised” by the Auditor-General, before it was “finalised again” and presented before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to avoid any action being taken against him.

The Pekan MP allegedly committed the offence at the Prime Minister’s Department Complex, Federal Government’s Administrative Centre, the Federal Territory of Putrajaya, between Feb 22 and 26,2016.

He was charged under Section 23 (1) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, which provides a jail term for up to 20 years and a fine of no less than five times the amount of gratification or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction.

Former 1MDB CEO Arul Kanda Kandasamy, 44, was charged with abetting Najib in making amendments to the report to protect Najib from being subjected to disciplinary, civil or criminal action in connection with 1MDB, at the same place and time. – The Star

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