Audit Dept asked to shred original 1MDB audit report after alterations

Hidir Reduan Abdul Rashid & Hariz Mohd

Modified 20 Nov 2019, 11:21 am

AUDIT TAMPERING TRIAL | The Kuala Lumpur High Court today heard how 1MDB executives and figures linked to then prime minister Najib Abdul Razak conspired to change the final copy of the 1MDB audit report and to have all versions of it, apart from their own, destroyed in 2016.

Testifying as the fifth prosecution witness, former chief secretary to the government Ali Hamsa said he chaired the February 24, 2016 meeting that included 1MDB CEO Arul Kanda, then Najib's chief private secretary Shukry Mohd Salleh, then Auditor-General Ambrin Buang, and former National Audit Department (NAD) officer Saadatul Nafisah.

At that time, the NAD had already printed 60 copies of the audit report. Six of the copies were distributed to Najib, Shukry, Arul, Ambrin, Ali and Attorney-General's Chambers officer Dzulkifli Ahmad on Feb 22, 2016.

Based on audio recording purportedly of the meeting that was played in court today, Ali was the one who made the suggestion that the original audit report should be shredded...

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