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Ex-PM lawyer says no docs seized in Malaysia police search

18 Mai 2018

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian police visited former Prime Minister Najib Razak's house late Wednesday, reportedly searching for documents as part of a renewed probe into a massive corruption scandal involving a state investment fund that is being investigated overseas.

The raids began late on Thursday, May 17, at apartments linked to the former premier at a posh condominium in capital Kuala Lumpur. 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. He denies any wrongdoing.

Mr Najib has been embroiled in a multibillion-dollar scandal since 2015 after around US$700 million (S$932.8 million) - alleged to be 1MDB funds - appeared in his personal accounts before the election in 2013.

"The money belongs to Malaysia and it came from 1MDB".

Singapore has fined eight banks for failing to carry out proper anti-money laundering measures in relation to 1MDB and given prison sentences to several bankers.

Last week, Malaysians broke national and global records by electing Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to become the oldest elected leader in the world at 92 to save them from rising cost of living and a government that was engaged in many alleged corrupt practices. "If there is a case against them, we will take action", he said.

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"Prison officers and staff. were kind, they were compassionate, they were very supportive", he said of his time in jail. "The total sum worth of items can not be ascertained now", Singh told reporters on early Friday morning.

"The amount of jewellery is rather big", he said.

He confirmed that the raids are related to an investigation into a multi-billion scandal involving the Najib-founded state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Razak was barred from travelling last week by the immigration department, after he announced plans to have a "short break" following his election loss.

The search at the family home was continuing at 0200 GMT, almost 12 hours after a dozen armed policemen first entered the premises.

Mr Najib's wife, Rosmah Mansor, is known in Malaysia for her love of designer Birkin bags, which can cost from $16,000 to more than $266,000.

Anwar, who was granted a royal pardon from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, said he also plans to entertain local and foreign invitations soon to speak about his struggle over the past 20 years.

Sankara Nair, Mr Anwar's lawyer, said the opposition politician had seemed "composed and was quite upbeat, but also quite nervous" as he prepared to leave the the hospital.

Al Jazeera's Florence Looi, reporting from Kuala Lumpur, said the raids were still going on Friday, adding that six locations were searched. One group had driven hundreds of miles from the state of Penang to take photos of themselves at the raid.

"I have given my assurance, I am here as a concerned citizen to give complete support to manage the country on the understanding that we are committed to the reform agenda, beginning with the judiciary, media and the entire apparatus", Anwar said in a news conference at his home after he was freed from custody.

Ex-PM lawyer says no docs seized in Malaysia police search