High Court to hear tampering of 1MDB report case






Higher level: Najib leaving after his case was transferred from the Sessions Court to the High Court. — Bernama

Higher level: Najib leaving after his case was transferred from the Sessions Court to the High Court. — Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: The case involving former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) former chief executive officer Arul Kanda Kandasamy for alleged tampering of the 1MDB final audit report will be heard at the High Court.

The decision was made by High Court judge Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali after allowing an application by the prosecution to transfer the case from the Sessions Court.

The notice to transfer the case was filed last Feb 28 under Section 417 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

The date for the case management at the High Court will be fixed later, and the case will be called for mention at the Sessions Court on April 5 to inform the latest development.

On Dec 12, 2018, Najib was charged with using his position to order amendments to the 1MDB final audit report before it was tabled to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to avoid any action against him.

He was charged, in his capacity as a public officer, which was as the Prime Minister, with using the position to obtain gratification for himself, which was to evade disciplinary, civil or criminal action against him in connection with 1MDB, by ordering alterations to the 1MDB final audit report before it was finalised and tabled to the PAC, where he directly had interest in.

The Pekan Member of Parliament was accused of committing the offence at the Complex of the Prime Minister’s Department, Federal Govern­ment’s Administrative Centre, the Federal Territory of Putrajaya between Feb 22 and Feb 26, 2016.

Arul Kanda was charged with abetting Najib in making amendments to the report to protect the Pekan MP from being subjected to disciplinary, civil or criminal action in connection with 1MDB, at the same place and time. —Bernama

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