新2会员网址(www.hg108.vip)_Court allows Arul Kanda to give evidence in Najib trial

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,Former 1MDB CEO Arul Kanda Kandasamy is due to give evidence against former prime minister Najib Razak in their 1MDB audit tampering trial, currently being heard at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, June 24, 2022.

THE Kuala Lumpur High Court today allowed the prosecution’s application to call former chief executive officer of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) Arul Kanda Kandasamy as a witness against former prime minister Najib Razak in the audit report tampering trial.

Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan ruled that the prosecution’s filing under section 63 of the Malaysian-Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 was in order.

He said there was evidence to show Arul was privy to conversations with Najib in two meetings about the 1MDB audit, which happened in 2016.

Zaini further added that the prosecution had given its grounds for the application and the defence would not be prejudiced.

Arul was then immediately called to the stand as a witness.

The hearing follows the May 20 filing by the prosecution. Under section 63(1), in a situation where two or more people are charged with an offence under the MACC Act, the court may require one or more of them to give evidence as witnesses for the prosecution if a written application is made by the public prosecutor.

Najib, 68, is charged with using his position to order amendments to the 1MDB final audit report before it was presented to the Public Accounts Committee to avoid any action being taken against him, while Arul, 45, is charged with abetting Najib in making the amendments.

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

Both of them were charged under section 23 (1) of the MACC Act 2009, which provides for up to 20 years in prison and a fine of no less than five times the amount of gratification or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction. – Bernama, June 24, 2022.


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