Ex-1MDB CEO Arul Kanda to testify as prosecution’s witness in Najib’s 1MDB audit report trial

Ex-1MDB CEO Arul Kanda to testify as prosecution’s witness in Najib’s 1MDB audit report trial

KUALA LUMPUR, June 24 — The High Court today decided to allow the prosecution to have former 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) CEO Arul Kanda Kandasamy testify as a prosecution witness against his fellow accused person Datuk Seri Najib Razak in a trial today.

Najib is accused of abusing his power to instruct for amendments to the auditor-general’s audit report on 1MDB, while Arul Kanda was accused of abetting Najib.

High Court judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan today ruled that Arul Kanda could testify, based on a provision where the prosecution can apply for an accused person to testify against the other accused persons in a trial.

Arul Kanda was then immediately called to the stand as a witness.

On May 20, the prosecution filed its written application under Section 63 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 to call Arul Kanda in as a witness.

Under Section 63(1), in a situation where two or more people are charged with an offence under the MACC Act, the court may require one or more of them to give evidence as witnesses for the prosecution if a written application is made by the public prosecutor.

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