Police search former PM’s home
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.
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.