Mahathir denies ordering police raid on Najib's home

Mahathir denies ordering police raid on Najib's home
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PETALING JAYA - Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says he did not order the police raid on the private residence of his predecessor and was not behind the odd hour it was conducted.

“I suppose the police had their reasons to conduct the raid. I don’t have the details.

“The police have their SOP (standard operating procedure),” he told a press conference at Yayasan Sela­ngor.

The Prime Minister was commenting on the police raids on the private residence of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in Taman Duta and two locations at Pavillion Resi­dences in Kuala Lumpur.

The other locations searched were Seri Perdana and the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya.

Sixteen police cars and one truck were seen outside the Taman Duta home shortly after 10.30pm on Wednesday, with the operation to remove documents believed to be linked to the 1MDB probe lasting past the wee hours and into the evening yesterday.

Asked about his directive that the police should not be overzealous in their actions, Dr Mahathir said: “My instruction is very clear. I am not going to torture people and things like that.”

He added that he wanted people to be treated decently.

To a question on whether Najib’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor would also be investigated, Dr Mahathir said the police were tasked with investigating all criminal cases, no matter who was involved.

He said the investigation also involved several ministries and government bodies such as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Com­mission and the National Audit Department.

Dr Mahathir, who is scheduled to receive Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Putrajaya tomorrow, said he would seek the latter’s help on the 1MDB probe if needed.

“If there is a need for me to ask him for help, I will ‘shout’ for help,” he said.

On the meeting, Dr Mahathir said no agenda had been set yet.

“If he raises any issue, we will discuss it but at the moment, I am still trying to figure out our stance with regards to certain issues which we have not finalised yet,” he said.

On China, Dr Mahathir said the Pakatan Harapan Government had made it clear that it wanted to look into all the contracts signed.

He said Malaysia could incur huge debts which it could not afford, but added that the Government would respect all agreements.

Malaysian police search places linked to ousted PM Najib

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    The cash and items seized from the six residences linked to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak amounted to between RM900 million (S$304 million) and RM1.1 billion, say the police.

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    He said that more than 12,000 pieces of jewellery - comprising 2,200 rings, 1,400 necklaces, 2,100 bracelets, 2,800 pairs of earrings,1,600 brooches and 14 tiaras were seized.

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    He added that this was the biggest seizure in Malaysian history.

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    Najib's wife Rosmah Mansor arrived at the headquarters of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to have her statement recorded in connection with a suspicious transfer of about $10.6 million (S$14.2 million) from the former 1MDB unit SRC International.

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    The sum is just a fraction of the billions of dollars allegedly siphoned from 1MDB, the state fund that Najib set up, in a scandal that dogged the last three years of his near-decade-long rule and was a key reason why he was voted out in a May 9 election.

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    M. Puravalen, a lawyer acting for Najib and Rosmah in connection with the SRC investigations, told Reuters on Tuesday he had "ceased acting" for Najib and Rosmah.

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    He said a second lawyer, Yusof Zainal Abideen, had also quit.

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    Puravalen, Abideen and other members of their legal team were reported to have walked out because they failed to reach common ground with Najib on several issues.

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    Najib has already made a series of statements to anti-graft investigators

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    but attention has shifted to his wife after police discovered hundreds of luxury handbags and a stash of jewelry and cash during raids on apartments linked to Najib and his family.

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    Malaysian police have seized 284 boxes filled with designer handbags, watches, jewellery and cash in various currencies from three luxury condominiums.

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    Comm Amar said the designer handbags were of various brands including Louis Vuitton and Birkin bags from Hermes.

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    He added that it was impossible for police to estimate the value of the items seized because there were just too many items and cash seized.

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    He also said that the apartment was not owned by Najib but a "Tan Sri".

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    Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Comm Datuk Seri Amar Singh, who led the raids at Pavilion Residences here said this was part of its investigations into 1MDB.

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    This follows a police check of six locations linked to former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak here and in Putrajaya, including the Prime Minister's Office, his official residence as well as four other residences.

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    When asked whether Najib would be arrested, he said: "There is no indication that they (the police) will do it."

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    He said Najib and his family were cooperative with police. "They (the police) also acted professionally," he said.

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