Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Malaysia: Police raid former PM Najib Razak's residences

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Steven Clarke | 18 May, 2018, 13:46

Malaysian police seized personal items from former leader Najib Razak's house in an overnight search, his lawyer said, as Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's week-old government seeks evidence into wrongdoing at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Wednesday's raid lasted for nearly 18 hours, according to a representative on Najib's legal team, Harpal Singh Grewal.

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.

"This harassment has now continued for nearly 18 hours and nothing meaningful has come from the search and seizure of what would appear to be insignificant personal items", the lawyer said.

When questioned whether Najib would be arrested, Grewal replied: "There is no indication". Najib, whose coalition was ousted in a stunning election defeat last week, denies any wrongdoing.

Singh said the seizure was part of investigations into a corruption scandal at the 1MDB state fund, which is also being probed by the USA and other countries.

Singh confirmed the search of the six properties was "related to the 1MDB investigations", referencing a fund established by Najib in 2009 to make strategic investments. Najib started the fund in 2009 and US investigators say at least $4.5 billion was stolen and laundered by his associates, some of which landed in his bank account.

The government has set up a five-member committee, including a former attorney general and an adviser to Indonesia's Financial Services Authority, to handle the 1MDB case.

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At a press conference on Thursday, Mahathir had said the police had enough reason to raid Najib's house.

In scenes that captivated Malaysians, the charismatic 70-year-old returned to the national spotlight after the country's King quashed a widely criticised sodomy conviction that had put Anwar behind bars for three years.

He also said the 1MDB investigations are being carried out by Bukit Aman CCID. Police officials did not comment.

Pardoned Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim said Thursday that decades-old affirmative action policies for the country's Malay majority must be discarded in favor of a new program to help the poor regardless of race.

"The United States welcomes the release from prison and the full pardon of Malaysian political leader Anwar Ibrahim", said State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert in a statement.

The seismic May 9 general election saw his 61-year old National Front coalition almost wiped out by a rag-tag coalition led by Mahathir Mohamad, who was Malaysia's longest-serving prime minister and Najib's former mentor.

There were those who still doubted that Anwar, 71, could accept his former boss, who sacked him 20 years ago from the post of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance on Sept 2, 1998, before being sacked by UMNO the next day from the deputy president's post and party membership over alleged abuse of power and sexual misconduct.

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