KUALA LUMPUR: Arul Kanda Kandasamy has claimed trial to a criminal charge relating to the tampering of 1MDB audit report at a Sessions Court here.
Sessions Court judge Rozina Ayob allowed bail at RM500,000 to be paid in two installments.
Arul was represented by lawyer Datuk N. Sivananthan.
Lead prosecutor Datuk Seri Gopal Seri Ram appeared for the prosecution.
Arul was charged with abetting former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who used his position as the then Prime Minister to gain protection from a civil disciplinary action relating to 1MDB by way of ordering the final audit report on 1MDB to be tampered with before it was finalised and presented to the Public Accounts Committee.
He allegedly committed the offence at the Prime Minister’s Office, Putrajaya between Feb 22 and Feb 26, 2016.
The charge under Section 28(1)(c) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 carries a maximum 20 years imprisonment and a fine of no less than five times the amount of gratification or RM10,000, whichever is higher.
Source: The star