Police raid properties of ousted leader of Malaysia

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 18, 2018

Malaysian politics had its earth-shattering moment on Friday, May 18, when the country's police seized over 280 designer handbags and more than 70 suitcases filled with cash, jewellery and other valuables as part of an investigation into corruption and money-laundering charges against former prime minister Najib Razak.

State news agency Bernama reported Friday that 72 bags of jewelry, cash in a variety of currencies, nearly 300 boxes of designer handbags, and other luxury goods were seized in a raid Wednesday night in the downtown Kuala Lumpur development Jalan Raja Chula.

"Exactly how much jewelry, I would not be able to say, because we know that we confiscated bags containing jewelry and the amount of jewelry is rather large".

Police had previously declined to comment on the raids.

Mahathir was flawless as prime minister right now as the new government goes about dismantling the obsolete and corrupt system put in place by the long-ruling United Malay National Organisation (UMNO)-led coalition, Anwar said. Najib started the fund in 2009 and USA investigators say at least $4.5 billion was stolen and laundered by his associates, some of which landed in his bank account.

When asked if Mr Najib's wife, Madam Rosmah Mansor, was also being investigated, Dr Mahathir said that the police were given the responsibility of investigating all criminal cases, The Star reported.

The AP reports that the police also conducted simultaneous raids at several other locations including Najib's family house, his former office as prime minister and an official residence.

"Now there is a new dawn for Malaysia", said Anwar, flanked by his wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and other members of his political party.

By now the US Department of Justice and the FBI were going after $1.7 billion of 1MBD money that had been spent or hidden in the United States - "The Malaysian people were defrauded on an enormous scale", said Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe - but Najib just carried on as before.

Mahathir said the government will seek to retrieve billions of dollars laundered from 1MDB to repay government debts that have piled up over the years.

"Can open, is not hard, we manufactured it", said Lion's manager, Tan See Chong, in a text message confirming the men work at the firm.

"They are there to serve notice (to Najib) to attend MACC on Tuesday next week to record a statement related to SRC", one of the sources said.

Almost $700 million had appeared in Najib's bank account.

Mahathir Mohamad, a former leader of the Barisan Nasional (BN) party, came out of retirement and went head-to-head against his protege Najib Razak for the position of prime minister. "If there is a case against them, we will take action".

Khairy Jamaluddin, the youth and sports minister in Najib's government, visited Najib at his house on election night and said this week the prime minister had been "calm" and "poised", but that the people around him were "stunned, shocked and sombre". Gani led an investigation by multiple agencies into the scandal at the time, which was later closed after Najib was cleared of wrongdoing.

That was when Mahathir Mohamad's patience ran out, and he declared that he would lead the opposition coalition against Najib in the 2018 election.

"Probably he seems to be the right man.I am a bit more moderate and have a softer image", Anwar said.

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