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1MDB audit: Audio recording of meeting played in court

Former 1MDB CEO Kandasamy (right) is charged with abetting Najib (left).

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KUALA LUMPUR — Nov. 20, 2019: An audio recording of a meeting linked to the alleged tampering of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad final audit report that was chaired by former chief secretary to the government Tan Sri Ali Hamsa was played in court today.

Those who attended the meeting in February 2016 were 1MDB former CEO Arul Kanda Kandasamy, then auditor-general Tan Sri Ambrin Buang, Saadatul Nafisah Bashir Ahmad from the National Audit Department (NAD), Tan Sri Shukry Mohd. Salleh from the Prime Minister’s Office and Datuk Seri Mohamad Isa Hussain from the Treasury.

All were identified by Ali after hearing their voices during the examination-in-chief by prosecutor Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram during the trial of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Kandasamy for tampering with the report. The recording lasted two hour and 45 minutes.

Yesterday, prosecution witness Ali said the meeting was held on Najib’s instruction because he wanted coordination on the report. 

It was also mentioned today by NAD audit director Nor Salwani Muhammad that a draft of the report was handed to Najib and five others two days before the meeting. The five were Kandasamy, Shukry, Ambrin Buang and Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad from the Attorney- General’s Chambers.

National Audit Department (NAD) audit director Nor Salwani Muhammad said this when reading her witness statement under the examination-in-chief by Deputy Public Prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib on the third day of Najib and Arul Kanda’s trial on the alleged tampering of the 1MDB final audit report.

The trial before Justice Mohamed Zaini continues tomorrow.

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