KUALA LUMPUR – Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak pleaded not guilty on the charge of using his position as the Prime Minister to order alterations to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) final audit report before it was tabled to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to avoid any action against him.
The plea was made before Judge Azura Alwi after the charge was read to him.
He 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 charged for committing the offence at the Prime Minister’s Department Complex at the Federal Government Administration Centre in Putrajaya between 22 February and 26 February 2016.
The charge was made under Section 23(1) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, which can be punished under Section 24(1) of the same act.
Upon conviction, Najib could face imprisonment of up to 20 years and fined not exceeding five times of the bribe or RM10,000, whichever is higher.
Deputy Public Prosecutors Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram and Ahmad Akram Gharib represented the prosecution while Najib was represented by Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.
The bail was set at RM500,000 with one surety. The case will be rementioned on 4 January next year. -MalaysiaGazette