Po­lice search for­mer PM’s home

The Morning Bulletin - - WORLD -

A LAWYER for Malaysia’s for­mer prime min­is­ter Na­jib Razak says no in­crim­i­nat­ing doc­u­ments were found dur­ing the seven-hour po­lice search of his prop­erty as part of a money-laun­der­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion pushed by his suc­ces­sor.

Mr Na­jib’s lawyer says po­lice have seized sev­eral boxes of per­sonal pos­ses­sions in­clud­ing hand­bags and cloth­ing. He says the search was done un­der the anti-money laun­der­ing act. Po­lice didn’t give de­tails.

New Prime Min­is­ter Ma­hathir Mo­hamad re­opened a probe into a state in­vest­ment fund that is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated abroad. Mr Na­jib started the fund in 2009 and US in­ves­ti­ga­tors say at least $4.5 bil­lion was stolen and laun­dered by Mr Na­jib’s as­so­ci­ates, some of which landed in his bank ac­count.

Mr Ma­hathir says ar­rests will be made as soon as there is ev­i­dence and there’ll be no deal for Mr Na­jib.

The search came just hours af­ter politi­cian An­war Ibrahim – a key fig­ure in the al­liance that swept to power, who had been thrown in jail un­der Mr Na­jib’s rule – was re­leased, trig­ger­ing eu­phoric scenes. It is an omi­nous sign for Mr Na­jib, whose all-pow­er­ful rul­ing coali­tion was ousted af­ter gov­ern­ing Malaysia for six decades.

Pic­ture: AP

An en­trance road to the res­i­dence of for­mer Malaysian prime min­is­ter Na­jib Razak is cor­doned off in Kuala Lumpur as po­lice spent hours early yes­ter­day search­ing the prop­erty.

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