Police raid home of former PM
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.