Cops raid the home of Najib

Cops raid the home of Najib

Malaysian police earlier today seized a major haul of luxury goods from properties linked to ex-Premier Najib Razak.

Najib's lawyer Datuk Harpal Singh Grewal said the key to the safe had always been lost, forcing police to have to drill open the safe to see what was in it. "As of now, not a single document has been taken away. only a few boxes containing handbags, clothes and some personal items", he said.

"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.

However, he has denied any wrongdoing.

Police drilled open a safe found in Najib's residence that had been sealed for two decades, and witnesses reported that police trucks left Najib's home with big, blue boxes Thursday afternoon.

"The Commercial Crime Investigation Department inspected six premises related to the 1MDB investigations, namely the Prime Minister's Office, official residence and four other homes", Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) Director Datuk Seri Amar Singh Ishar Singh told the media. "I suppose the police have enough reasons to raid", he said.

Madam Rosmah Mansor, Datuk Seri Najib's wife, is known for her penchant for Birkin bags. But my instruction is very clear.

"We believe (the search) was done under the Anti-Money Laundering Act", he said, adding that Najib and his family were cooperative during the search and that no arrests were made. "We all feel sad about what happened but as a party that upholds democratic principles, we accept the people's decision", he said, referring to the stunning defeat of the long-ruling alliance in Wednesday's general election.

Asked about the searches at a press conference, Prime Minister Mahathir said it was a police matter in which he had little information.

Until 12.40 am this morning, policemen and police officers were still in the residence of the former prime minister to conduct their investigation.

Last Tuesday, Dr Mahathir said he expected charges to be filed against Najib following investigations into allegations against the former prime minister over the removal of hundreds of millions of USA dollars from the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) fund. "The investigations involve several government agencies or ministries, such as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, police, National Audit Department and other bodies which have information", he said.

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