Malaysian police raid ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak's house

Blanche Robertson
May 17, 2018

Several personal items such as handbags, clothes and gifts were seized from house, reported the Malaysian state news agency Bernama on Thursday morning.

A former top corruption investigator has accused Malaysia's defeated leader Najib Razak of personally blocking an investigation into a multi-billion dollar financial scandal, apparently prompting a police raid on Najib's home - underway tonight.

Amar Singh Ishar Singh, chief of the police commercial crimes unit, confirmed that five locations "belonging to and connected to" Najib were being targeted, The Star newspaper said.

Accompanied by his wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, a former housewife who threw herself into Malaysia's political struggle after her husband was jailed in the late 1990s, their convoy headed off through Kuala Lumpur.

The search at the family home was continuing at 10am today, almost 12 hours after a dozen armed policemen first entered the premises. He said the items were believed to have been taken for the goal of investigation under the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001, said Bernama. At one point, prosecutors produced a mattress that they said was stained with semen, accusing Anwar of having sex with two male aides.

"Bury the hatchet? It's been a long time already", Anwar said when asked about Mahathir.

He said Najib and his family were cooperative with police.

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Dr Mahathir also said the Government would work towards recovering funds belonging to 1MDB from overseas, including some RM17.8bil in the United States.

Anwar's release is the first big success of the newly elected governing coalition, Pakatan Harapan, led by 92-year-old Mahathir Mohamad.

"I don't think I would want to be seen as being hasty to demand or insist for any immediate time frame and I have told him (Dr Mahathir) that I got invitations from renowned universities around the world to give a series of lectures, but I'm not going to stay there for a few years, so don't worry".

The raid came on the day that former Malaysian deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim was finally released from jail, where he has been serving a second sentence for sodomy.

He reopened a probe into the 1MDB scandal after his alliance won a stunning election victory last week, ousting Najib and ending the National Front's 60-year grip on power.

Anwar's first trial in 1998 was a dramatic affair, with the man who had only just been dismissed as deputy premier appearing in court with a black eye and bruises, sparking global condemnation of Mahathir. However, the relationship between the two remains volatile, and will largely determine what course Malaysia will chart in the coming months.

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