MACC Arrests Arul Kanda over 1MDB Report Tampering

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Former 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) group president and chief executive officer Arul Kanda Kandasamy has been arrested and will be charged on Wednesday over the 1MDB audit report tampering case.


His lawyer Datuk N Sivananthan confirmed that Arul Kanda was formally arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) at 10.30am on Tuesday (Dec 11).

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“They (MACC) will be producing him in court tomorrow (Wednesday) morning to be charged along with Datuk Seri Najib,” Sivananthan told reporters at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya.

Sivananthan also said Arul Kanda will be detained overnight at the MACC headquarters, before he is taken to court on Wednesday (Dec 12) morning in Kuala Lumpur.

He is likely to face a single charge under Section 23 of the MACC Act.

“As far as we know, it is only Datuk Seri Najib and Arul. I’m not sure if there’s any other person who is going to be charged tomorrow,” the lawyer said.

Najib was arrested at 11am on Monday after being questioned by the MACC but was released on bail at 1pm on the same day.

Arul Kanda and his lawyer arrived at the MACC headquarters at 9.30am, as he was scheduled to be questioned by anti-graft officers.

He had nearly caught the media unaware by entering the building through a back entrance.

Clad in a blue shirt and dark coloured pants, he wore a black cap to conceal his identity.

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However, the media were quick to spot him as he was registering at the MACC reception.

Meanwhile, former Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa was also seen entering the MACC headquarters at 9.30am.

An MACC source said his presence was not related to the audit report tampering case.

However, he had been quizzed by graft-busters over the same case before.