Najib’s 1MDB audit tampering trial to resume in June

Former prime minister Najib Razak is accused of tampering with the final audit report on 1MDB. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Najib Razak’s 1MDB audit tampering trial which was last heard in January will resume next month, according to deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Akram Garib.

He told FMT the new dates were communicated via email by High Court senior assistant registrar Catherine Nicholas yesterday evening.

The hearing before judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan will be held from June 15 to 18, June 29 and 30, July 1 to 3 and July 27 to 30.

The last hearing on Jan 16 saw Saadatul Nafisah Ahmad Bashir, a director in the audit department, cross-examined by lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.

Najib is accused of using his position to obtain immunity from legal action in relation to allegations that he tampered with the 1MDB audit report between Feb 22 and 26, 2016.

Former 1MDB CEO Arul Kanda Kandasamy is accused of abetting in the crime.

Meanwhile, Najib’s 1MDB corruption trial will resume on May 19, continuing to May 22.

Barring unforeseen circumstances, it will then continue from June to October.

In that case, Najib faces four charges of abusing his position to obtain gratification totalling RM2.3 billion in 1MDB funds and 21 counts of money laundering involving the same money.

The former prime minister’s SRC International trial is also nearing completion as parties will be in court from June 1 to 3 to make oral submissions after the close of the defence’s case.

There, Najib is accused of abusing his power as prime minister by giving government guarantees on SRC International’s RM4 billion loan from Retirement Fund Inc.

He is also charged with three counts of money laundering and three counts of criminal breach of trust in the transfer of RM42 million to his accounts from the former 1MDB unit.

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