KUALA LUMPUR — Aug. 29, 2019: The prosecution in the case of alleged tampering of the 1MDB final audit report involving Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the company’s former CEO Arul Kanda Kandasamy has been asked not to delay giving documents and witness statements to the defence.
In making the decision, High Court judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan said he hoped the prosecution can produce all the documents, as many as it can, to give the defence enough time.
“I understand not everything is possible but I want as many as they can…. I don’t want this case to be delayed,” he remarked and fixed October 7 for case management.
Prosecutor Rozaliana Zakaria had earlier informed the court that the prosecution was still preparing a list of witnesses and witness statements.
“The prosecution is requesting a date for case management as there are several documents regarding witness statements that have yet to be submitted and finalised by the prosecution,” she said.
Last December 12 Najib was charged with using his position to order amendments to the audit report before it was tabled to the Public Accounts Committee to avoid action against him.
He was charged in his capacity as prime minister with using the position to obtain gratification for himself, which was to evade disciplinary, civil or criminal action against him.
Najib is accused of committing the offence between February 22 and 26, 2016.
Arul Kanda was charged with abetting Najib in making amendments to the report to protect Najib from being subjected to disciplinary, civil or criminal action in connection with 1MDB at the same place and time. — Bernama