Po­lice raid home of for­mer Malaysian PM

The Philippine Star - - WORLD NEWS -

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) — Malaysian po­lice searched the home of scan­dal-tainted for­mer premier Najib Razak yes­ter­day as the new gov­ern­ment probes a mas­sive graft scan­dal af­ter sweep­ing to power in historic elec­tions.

At least a dozen po­lice ve­hi­cles con­verged on Najib’s fam­ily com­pound in the cap­i­tal Kuala Lumpur in the early hours, with a num­ber of of­fi­cers en­ter­ing the home, an AFP jour­nal­ist saw.

Najib’s lawyer said of­fi­cers had searched the ex-leader’s home and an apart­ment for over six hours as part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into mon­ey­laun­der­ing, but no ar­rests were made.

The new gov­ern­ment, headed by 92-year-old Ma­hathir Mo­hamad who se­cured a stun­ning elec­tion vic­tory last week, has vowed to probe al­le­ga­tions Najib over­saw the loot­ing of a sovereign wealth fund.

“The po­lice just took some hand­bags and some clothes,” lawyer Harpal Singh Gre­wal told AFP, adding that Najib had co­op­er­ated with the of­fi­cers.

“We have no in­di­ca­tion yet if po­lice will make any ar­rest.”

Najib’s wife Ros­mah Man­sor, deeply un­pop­u­lar due to her re­ported love of costly over­seas shop­ping trips, was known to have a vast col­lec­tion of de­signer clothes and hand­bags.

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 Najib’s rule — was re­leased, trig­ger­ing eu­phoric scenes.

It is an omi­nous sign for Najib, whose all-pow­er­ful rul­ing coali­tion was ousted af­ter gov­ern­ing Malaysia for six decades.

The un­ex­pected re­sult has been blamed in large part on pub­lic anger over the scan­dal in­volv­ing the fund, called 1MDB.

Najib es­tab­lished 1MDB and is ac­cused of deep in­volve­ment in the loot­ing — charges he has re­peat­edly de­nied. Nearly $700 mil­lion had ap­peared in his per­sonal bank ac­counts while bil­lions more are un­ac­counted for.


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