KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysian police conducted searches through the night and into Thursday morning at five locations linked to former Prime Minister Najib Razak, including the family home where he stays, a senior police officer said.
A lawyer for Najib, who was ousted from office in last week’s general election, said police seized handbags and a few other personal items from Najib’s home in connection with a money-laundering probe.
A multibillion-dollar scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), which was founded by Najib, is being investigated by police in at least six countries, including the United States. Najib denies any wrongdoing.
Amar Singh, the director of police commercial crime investigations,said that five places linked to Najib were being searched, including the family home in an upmarket Kuala Lumpur district.
Singh gave no other details, but the Star newspaper said searches were also conducted at the prime minister’s office, the official residence and two places linked to Najib’s family in a luxury Kuala Lumpur condominium.
The police started the search after Najib returned home from prayers at a mosque to mark the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Officers were seen taking large bags into the house and later loading them into a truck.
“The search is supposed to be under money laundering act … they found nothing incriminating, Najib’s lawyer Harpal Singh Grewal told reporters who were camped outside the house.
“Nothing serious. About two, three boxes” of them, Harpal said about the personal possessions – including handbags – that were seized.
When asked whether Najib would be arrested, he said: “There is no indication that they (the police) will do it.
He said Najib and his family were cooperative with police. “They (the police) also acted professionally,” he said.
Najib’s long-ruling Barisan Nasional (National Front) coalition was defeated in a general election last week.
Source: NAM News Network