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March 14 hearing for Najib’s request

KUALA LUMPUR: The prosecution’s application to transfer the case involving former disgraced prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak for alleged tampering of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad’s (1MDB) final audit report will be heard at the High Court on March 14.

The prosecution filed the application to transfer the case from the sessions court to the High Court last Feb 28 under Section 417 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

The application only involved Najib, adding that the prosecution had not received any instruction to transfer the case facing former 1MDB chief executive officer Arul Kanda Kandasamy, who was charged with abetting Najib in the act, to the High Court.

Najib was charged, in his capacity as a public officer, which was as the Prime Minister, with using the position to obtain gratification for himself, which was to evade disciplinary, civil or criminal action against him in connection with 1MDB, by ordering alterations to the 1MDB final audit report before it was finalised and tabled to the PAC, where he directly had interest in.

He was accused of committing the offence at the Complex of the Prime Minister’s Department, Federal Government’s Administrative Centre, the Federal Territory of Putrajaya between Feb 22 and Feb 26, 2016. He was charged under Section 23(1) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 and faces imprisonment for up to 20 years and fine of not less that five times the amount of the gratification, or RM10,000, whichever is higher, if found guilty.

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