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1MDB scandal: Former Malaysian prime minister slapped with new charge

Bangkok, Dec 12 (IECurrentAffairs) Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was charged on Wednesday with tampering with the 1MDB strategic development company’s final audit report, in addition to corruption charges that Najib pleaded not guilty to, local media reported.

Najib was arrested on Monday by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over the alleged tampering with the 1MDB audit report and was released on bail on the same day. Najib was charged along with Arul Kanda Kandasamy, the former president and chief executive of 1MDB, Sputnik news said in a report.

The ex-prime minister was accused of abusing his power to gain protection from a civil disciplinary action by ordering the modification of the final audit report in February 2016 before it was presented to the Public Accounts Committee, according to The Star newspaper.

In July, Najib was charged with corruption-related offenses, including three counts of criminal breach of trust, over his alleged involvement in the 1MBD corruption scandal. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Via UNI-India
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