Najib’s instructions to sign 1MDB’s financial statements are a form of intimidation

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KUALA LUMPUR: KPMG Malaysia Managing Partner Datuk Johan Idris described Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s (pix) instruction to the audit firm to complete and sign off on its audit of the 2013 financial statements of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) within two weeks, in the form of an intimidation form.

He said this when re-examined by senior prosecutor Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram during the former prime minister’s trial for the alleged embezzlement of RM2.3 billion from 1MDB funds today.

Prosecution witness 14 was questioned about the meeting that took place on the night of December 15, 2013 at Najib’s residence in Jalan Langgak Duta, here.

The 45-minute encounter pitted KPMG with Johan as sole representative against 1MDB and Najib himself.

Sri Ram: You have been asked to confirm that the minutes of the meeting do not show any pressure exerted by the Defendant Najib on you during this meeting. You were there, ground zero, so was there any pressure?

Johan: I put it (as) intimidation… Intimidation for us to conclude and sign the audit statement ending March 31, 2013.

Sri Ram: Where does this come from?

John: Najib.

At this point, Najib’s lawyer, Wan Aizuddin Wan Mohammed, stood up and objected to the witness’s answer because the word “intimidation” was never brought up by the witness in any of his answers.

However, High Court Judge Datuk Collin Lawrence Sequerah asked the defense to present their case.

Earlier, the court heard that KPMG had not yet signed off on the audit of 1MDB’s financial statements for the year ended March 31, 2013, because 1MDB had not yet provided information requested by KPMG since April 2013.

Based on the minutes of the meeting that Johan had typed himself, he noted that Najib had asked KPMG to sign the audit by December 31, 2013.

Najib, 68, faces four charges of using his position to obtain bribes totaling RM2.3 billion from 1MDB funds and 21 charges of money laundering in the same amount.

The trial before Judge Sequerah continues. – Bernama

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