'Najib will face the consequences': Mahathir

'Najib will face the consequences': Mahathir
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PETALING JAYA - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will face the consequences of any wrongdoing related to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal if there is clear proof, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

This follows the arrest of a former special officer to Najib over investigations into the financial case.

The 42-year-old Datuk has been remanded by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission for seven days until July 1.

The arrest is the first since investigations into the state investment fund were reopened.

Dr Mahathir, when asked whether there would be more arrests in the near future and whether Najib would be among those nabbed, said: "Well, Datuk Seri Najib is being investigated. If there is clear proof of his wrongdoing, then action will be taken according to the law."

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The Prime Minister said this at a media conference after chairing Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia's supreme council meeting at the party's headquarters here.

Dr Mahathir is Pribumi chairman.

In an interview with Reuters on June 19, Dr Mahathir said Malaysian authorities are looking to bring charges of embezzlement and bribery of government money against Najib, among others.

He said that Malaysian investigators already "have an almost perfect case" against the principal suspects who had defrauded 1MDB and misappropriated billions of ringgit in public funds.

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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