Decision next week on Najib’s bid to quash 1MDB report tampering charge

Najib Razak and Arul Kanda Kandasamy have been charged with tampering the 1MDB final audit report.

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here postponed its decision on former prime minister Najib Razak’s application to strike out his 1MDB audit tampering charge to next week.

Najib, 67, is facing the charge with former 1MDB CEO Arul Kanda Kandasamy.

The trial is set to resume on Monday until Thursday next week.

Najib had applied to be acquitted from the charge as he claimed it was groundless and oppressive.

On July 23, High Court judge Mohamed Zaini had fixed today to deliver his decision after hearing submissions from Najib’s lawyer, Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, and former Federal Court judge Gopal Sri Ram.

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.

He allegedly committed the offence between Feb 22 and 26, 2016, at the Prime Minister’s Department Complex in Putrajaya.

Arul Kanda, 44, was charged with abetting Najib in making amendments to the report, at the same place and time.