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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Day 8: Court completes playback of audit report meeting's audio recording



The criminal trial of ex-premier Najib Abdul Razak and former 1MDB CEO Arul Kanda Kandasamy involving the alleged tampering with 1MDB's final audit report enters its eighth day today at the Kuala Lumpur High Court.
Malaysiakini brings you live reports of the proceedings.

Summary of Najib and Arul's case

Najib is facing a charge of tampering with 1Malaysia Development Bhd's (1MDB) final audit report. He is being tried together with 1MDB former chief executive officer (CEO) Arul Kanda Kandasamy who is accused of abettment.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Court completes playback of audit report meeting's audio recording

Court completes playback of audit report meeting's audio recording
3.18pm - The court finishes playback of the Feb 24, 2016 meeting's audio recording.
2.08pm - The High Court resumes playback of the two hours and 45-minute audio recording of the key meeting on Feb 24, 2016.
At this meeting, it was alleged that A decision was made to drop several controversial issues from the 1MDB final audit report.
2.05pm - Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak and ex-1MDB CEO K Arul Kanda Kandasamy enter the dock as proceedings begin.
The court is also informed that Najib's lead defence counsel, Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, is unable to attend proceedings this afternoon.
Najib's co-counsel Rahmat Hazlan informs judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan that Shafee is feeling unwell and has taken a flu jab earlier this morning.
Rahmat adds that Shafee will be attending proceedings tomorrow.
Also seen in court are Arul Kanda's lead defence counsel N Sivananthan and lead DPP Gopal Sri Ram.
2.04pm - Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak enters the Kuala Lumpur High Court and takes a seat at the front row of the public gallery to wait for proceedings to begin.
Also seen in court is co-accused, former 1MDB CEO Arul Kanda Kandasamy.

The eighth day of former premier Najib Abdul Razak and ex-1MDB CEO Arul Kanda Kandasamy’s 1MDB audit tampering trial will resume before the Kuala Lumpur High Court at 2pm this afternoon rather than the usual 9am.
Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan set the hearing to start at 2pm for today until Thursday.
Among the reasons is because Najib’s defence team, led by veteran lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, has separate back-to-back court cases that they need to attend to.
This afternoon’s proceedings will see the prosecution continue its examination-in-chief of the seventh prosecution witness, retired National Audit Department (NAD) officer Saadatul Nafisah Bashir Ahmad.
Alongside then auditor-general Ambrin Buang, she was among the attendees of a crucial Feb 24, 2016, meeting at the office of then chief secretary to the government Ali Hamsa.
It was alleged that this meeting - also attended by Ali, Arul Kanda, Najib’s then principal private secretary Shukry Mohd Salleh, and then Finance Ministry deputy secretary-general Mohamad Isa Hussain among others - led to a decision to drop several controversial issues from 1MDB's final audit report.
This afternoon, the court is also expected to resume playback of the two hours and 45 minutes audio recording of the meeting, with Saadatul Nafisah listening and helping the prosecution identify certain unclear parts of the transcript of the recording, among others.
Yesterday, the court heard among others that Ali - as heard in the audio recording and confirmed by Saadatul Nafisah - described part of the initial audit report on 1MDB as “dangerous material evidence”. - Mkini

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