Friday, November 22, 2019

The 1MDB Audit Report Tampering Trial

The disgraced Najib Razak is involved in a third 1MDB-related court case. 

In this trial, ‘Bossku’ and Arul Kanda were jointly charged over their alleged role in the tampering of the Auditor-General's 2016 report on 1MDB's audit – before it was presented to the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee in 2016.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court heard yesterday that a government auditor (right) had saved one last copy of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad audit report's draft that was within the National Audit Department's custody. 

Nor Salwani Muhammad, 52, who was the fifth prosecution witness said this copy that bore the watermark 9 and all other copies were supposed to be destroyed in 2016. 

But she had kept the said copy to subsequently pass it to Madinah Mohamad (right), who on February 23, 2017, succeeded Ambrin as the auditor-general. And Madinah subsequently handed over to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission on November 02, 2018. 

Already, the High Court had heard on Tuesday that former chief secretary to the government Ali Hamsa (left) – the fourth prosecution witness – testifying that an “upset” Najib had instructed on February 22, 2016 for a meeting to be held to discuss the willful removal of content from the 1MDB audit report. 

The report that was used and discussed in the February 24, 2016 meeting is the same as the report that had survived due to Nor Salwani's action. 

That meeting directed the report to be amended and four items were subsequently deleted – and which included the mention of the existence of two conflicting versions of 1MDB’s 2014 financial statements, the mention of Najib’s failure to disclose to the Cabinet matters involving a RM5 billion fund-raising exercise and the presence of Jho Low in the 1MDB board of directors meeting.

That's a cover-up alright.

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