KUALA LUMPUR — Nov. 15, 2019: Former 1Malaysia Development Berhad CEO Arul Kanda Kandasamy has objected to Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s application to postpone the 1MDB audit report tampering trial scheduled to begin on Monday. Arul faces a charge of abetment.
Kandasamy’s counsel Datuk N. Sivananthan told Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan that his client has been under a dark cloud since he was charged last year and thus wants to see this trial go on because he wants to be given an opportunity to vindicate himself.
“I think it’s quite unfair that everyone has been talking of everybody’s interest and he just kept there and just followed suit with everybody else. The court should look at the interest of all the accused persons, not just one accused.
“So on that basis I have to object and ask this court to reject this application and for trial to commence on Monday,” said Sivananthan in his submissions.
Prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib, who also opposed the application, submitted that Zaini had earlier ruled the trial will commence as scheduled and if the court gives a different decision today, it would lead to a negative perception of the judiciary.
Najib’s counsel Harvinderjit Singh submitted that if the trial begins on Monday, they would have only a short time to prepare for their defence in the SRC International case, in which the former prime minister is facing charges of misappropriating RM42 million.
Zaini said he was surprised when Najib made the application as his lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah had earlier taken a neutral stand.
“I will deliver my decision this Monday. However, please be prepared if I disallow this application. I try to be fair as much as I can,” he said.
Najib filed the motion on Wednesday, requesting for the trial to be moved to January 13.
Last December Najib was charged with using his position to order amendments to the 1MDB audit report before it was tabled to the Public Accounts Committee to avoid any action against him. — Bernama