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Najib Razak arrested for allegedly tampering with 1MDB audit: Report

Najib Razak arrested for allegedly tampering with 1MDB audit: Report

Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak arrives in court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Jul 4, 2018. (Photo: Reuters/Lai Seng Sin)

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak on Monday (Dec 10) was arrested by the country’s anti-graft agency over alleged “tampering” of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) audit report.

In a report, the Star said Najib was arrested at around 11am at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters shortly after he arrived at the premises for further questioning over the issue.

The Bernama news agency said Najib was seen entering the MACC office at around 10.40am. 

An update by the New Straits Times said the politician was later freed on bail at around 1.20pm.

The MACC confirmed in a statement on Tuesday that Najib and former 1MDB president Arul Kanda will be charged on Wednesday over the alleged tampering of the company's audit report. 

On Nov 25, Auditor-General Madinah Mohamad revealed that the final audit report on 1MDB had been tampered with and that Najib had knowledge of it.

She also disclosed that two crucial matters dropped from the report were regarding the presence of fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho at a 1MDB board meeting, as well as the financial status of 1MDB.

Source: CNA/bernama/zl

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