Najib’s 1MDB trials postponed again

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By Chew Lip Song

DATUK Seri Najib Razak’s 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s trials, initially scheduled for this week and the next, has been delayed to next month.

Lawyer Nur Syahirah Hanapiah told reporters today she had applied to the court for the trial of two cases be postponed as her client, who is former prime minister had to attend Dewan Rakyat until December 17.

“Hence, the court agreed to set new dates for the trial starting January 4 to 7 for the corruption case, and from January 18 to 21 for the 1MDB audit report tampering case,” she said.

The trial of the corruption and money-laundering case involving RM2.3 billion before high court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah was initially scheduled from December 14 to 17, with the defence to continue their cross-examination on former 1MDB chief executive officer Mohd Hazem Abdul Rahman.

The 1MDB audit report tampering trial, where he is jointly charged with former 1MDB CEO Arul Kanda Kandasamy, was initially scheduled for today until Thursday before high court judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan.

Other dates set by the court for the corruption case were January 25-27; February 2-4, 8-11, 5-18; April 5-8, 19-22 and 26-28; May 3-6, 17-20 and 24-27; June 1-3, 8-10, 21-24 and 28-30; as well as July 5-8 next year, while for the audit report tampering case, the trial dates are set on February 22-24; March 8-11, April 5-8 and April 12-15.

Najib, 67, is on trial for corruption and money-laundering charges involving RM2.3 billion of 1MDB funds.

He is also on trial for using his position to order amendments to the final audit report that had already been “finalised” by the auditor-general, before it was “finalised again” and presented before the Public Accounts Committee to prevent any action being taken against him.

Meanwhile, Arul Kanda, 44, 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. – Bernama.

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