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Malaysia police seize personal items from ex-PM Najib's home

Top News2018-05-17

Malaysian police seized handbags and few other personal items from the home of former Prime Minister Najib Razak in connection with a money laundering probe, a lawyer of the ex-leader said on Thursday.At least a dozen armed policemen entered Najib’s home late on Wednesday after he returned from prayers at a mosque, Reuters witnesses said.The search lasted for over six hours during which officers were seen taking large bags into the house and later loading them into a truck."The search is supposed to be under money laundering act... they found nothing incriminating,” Najib’s lawyer Harpal Singh Grewal told reporters who were camped outside the house.Police arrive outside former Prime Minister Najib Razak's residence in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 16, 2018. /Reuters PhotoHe said the police took some personal possessions including a couple of handbags."Nothing serious. About two, three boxes” of them, Harpal said.When asked whether Najib would be arrested, he said: “There is no indication that they (the police) will do it.”Several dozen policemen were also seen at a luxury condominium in another district of Kuala Lumpur, where Najib has an apartment.A police spokeswoman could not be contacted for comment.Najib’s long-ruling political coalition was defeated in a general election last week. Just days later, new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad barred Najib and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, from leaving the country.Mahathir, 92, has said there is sufficient evidence to investigate a multibillion-dollar scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), which was founded by Najib.Once Mahathir’s protégé, Najib denied any wrongdoing.(REUTERS)

Malaysian police seized handbags and few other personal items from the home of former Prime Minister Najib Razak in connection with a money laundering probe, a lawyer of the ex-leader said on Thursday.

At least a dozen armed policemen entered Najib’s home late on Wednesday after he returned from prayers at a mosque, Reuters witnesses said.

The search lasted for over six hours during which officers were seen taking large bags into the house and later loading them into a truck.

"The search is supposed to be under money laundering act... they found nothing incriminating,” Najib’s lawyer Harpal Singh Grewal told reporters who were camped outside the house.

 
Police arrive outside former Prime Minister Najib Razak's residence in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 16, 2018. /Reuters Photo

Police arrive outside former Prime Minister Najib Razak's residence in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 16, 2018. /Reuters Photo


He said the police took some personal possessions including a couple of handbags.

"Nothing serious. About two, three boxes” of them, Harpal said.

When asked whether Najib would be arrested, he said: “There is no indication that they (the police) will do it.”

Several dozen policemen were also seen at a luxury condominium in another district of Kuala Lumpur, where Najib has an apartment.

A police spokeswoman could not be contacted for comment.

Najib’s long-ruling political coalition was defeated in a general election last week. Just days later, new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad barred Najib and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, from leaving the country.

Mahathir, 92, has said there is sufficient evidence to investigate a multibillion-dollar scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), which was founded by Najib.

Once Mahathir’s protégé, Najib denied any wrongdoing.


(REUTERS)


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