Ex Malaysian PM Najib Accuses Police Of Harassment

Ex Malaysian PM Najib Accuses Police Of Harassment

Ex Malaysian PM Najib Accuses Police Of Harassment

Several personal items such as handbags, clothes and gifts were seized from the home of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at his personal residence in Jalan Langgak Duta, Taman Duta here early today.

Previously, The Star reported the Commercial CID director as declining to reveal the objective of the searches that were conducted at five locations.

According to a Reuters report published today, 17 May, Bukit Aman Commercial CID director Datuk Seri Amar Singh Ishar Singh told the global news agency the police are conducting searches at several locations, including the prime minister's office and residences linked to Najib.

Giving his account of events, Mr Harpal said the search had been done in a "professional manner" up until 5am.

Najib Razak's lawyer, Harpal Singh, speaks to reporters outside the former Malaysian Prime Minister's personal residence.

The police raids come in the wake of Barisan Nasional's defeat at the general election last week and calls by the new prime minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, for renewed investigations into 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), which has been mired in a five-year controversy involving allegations of corruption and money-laundering of sums amounting to billions of ringgit.

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. A press conference would be held once all the searches were done.

Amer Kent, who voted against Najib's party, climbed out of his auto and said he had driven all the way from Penang, some 350 km (220 miles) "to see the thief's house", and take a photograph to post on his Facebook page.

Malaysiakini reported that a team of police officers, including those from the federal commercial crime department, were inside the bungalow and the raid was believed to be linked to the 1MDB scandal.

Local media say police began a search of Najib's house late Wednesday evening.

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