Najib, Rosmah and 'gift givers' to be quizzed soon in 1MDB probe

KUALA LUMPUR - Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor will be called up by Bukit Aman in connection with the ongoing investigation into 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Comm Datuk Seri Amar Singh said the couple's alleged "gift givers" will be called in as well.

"We will call them up soon for questioning. However, we need to call other persons of interest as well first.

"So far, we have recorded more than 30 statements pertaining to the investigation," he told a press conference on Wednesday (June 27).

On the possibility of arrests being made in the case, Comm Amar said there were none so far, adding that he was not aware of rumours behind the "arrest" of the former premier on Tuesday (June 26) night.

Commenting on the largest seizure in Malaysia's history, Comm Amar said he and his officers were shocked over the total amount.

Earlier in the press conference, it was revealed that the cash and items seized from residences linked to Najib amounted to between RM900mil and RM1.1bil.

Comm Amar said it took police from May 21 to June 25 to ascertain the value of the cash and items seized.

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.

Also read: Rosmah not linked to 1MDB scandal in any way, say lawyers

Also read: Ex-Malaysian PM Najib explains why he had so many luxury handbags, lots of cash, jewellery

Malaysian police search places linked to ousted PM Najib

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • He added that this was the biggest seizure in Malaysian history.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • He said a second lawyer, Yusof Zainal Abideen, had also quit.
  • 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.
  • Najib has already made a series of statements to anti-graft investigators
  • 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.
  • Malaysian police have seized 284 boxes filled with designer handbags, watches, jewellery and cash in various currencies from three luxury condominiums.
  • Comm Amar said the designer handbags were of various brands including Louis Vuitton and Birkin bags from Hermes.
  • 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.
  • He also said that the apartment was not owned by Najib but a "Tan Sri".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • When asked whether Najib would be arrested, he said: "There is no indication that they (the police) will do it."
  • He said Najib and his family were cooperative with police. "They (the police) also acted professionally," he said.