Po­lice raid home of for­mer PM

The New Zealand Herald - - World - — AP

Malaysian po­lice have spent hours search­ing for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Na­jib Razak’s house, re­port­edly part of a money-laun­der­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion linked to a state in­vest­ment fund that is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated abroad.

More than a dozen po­lice ve­hi­cles ar­rived at Na­jib’s house shortly af­ter he re­turned home from prayers at a nearby mosque, fu­elling spec­u­la­tion that he may be ar­rested af­ter new Prime Min­is­ter Ma­hathir Mo­hamad warned that he could be charged soon over the 1MDB fund fi­asco. The re­port­edly seized hand­bags and other per­sonal items.

Com­mer­cial crime di­rec­tor Amar Singh Ishar Singh said po­lice were search­ing for ev­i­dence in an on­go­ing probe and that it was be­ing car­ried out at five lo­ca­tions.

Na­tional Ber­nama news agency cited sources as say­ing po­lice were search­ing for doc­u­ments re­lated to 1MDB and that raids oc­curred si­mul­ta­ne­ously at the prime min­is­ter’s of­fice, the of­fi­cial res­i­dence and an up­scale con­do­minium in the city.

Ma­hathir has not yet moved into the prime min­is­ter’s of­fice or res­i­dence. He re­opened a probe into the 1MDB scan­dal af­ter his al­liance won a stun­ning elec­tion vic­tory last week, oust­ing Na­jib and end­ing the Na­tional Front’s 60-year grip on power. Na­jib started the fund in 2009 and US in­ves­ti­ga­tors say at least US$4.5 bil­lion ($6.5b) was stolen and laun­dered by Na­jib’s as­so­ci­ates, some of which landed in his bank ac­count.

On Wed­nes­day, Ma­hathir said the Gov­ern­ment would make ar­rests as soon as there is clear ev­i­dence and re­it­er­ated that there would be “no deal” for Na­jib in the scan­dal.

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