Najib withdraws suits against 1MDB investigators

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KUALA LUMPUR - Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has withdrawn his originating summons against 1Malaysia Development Berhad’s top three investigators.

The three are Attorney General Tommy Thomas, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief Mohd Shukri Abdull, and Commercial Crime Investigation Division director Datuk Seri Amar Singh Ishar Singh.

Lawyer Badrul Hisham Abdullah, who represented the plaintiff, confirmed the withdrawal when contacted.

The withdrawal, he said, was based on grounds that the suit was filed before Najib was charged at the High Court with three counts of criminal breach of trust and one count of abuse of power.

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“We need to realign the case as the scenario has changed,” he said on Monday.

On June 30, Najib filed the originating summons against the three individuals separately.

In his originating summons filed against Thomas, Najib said the former had written an article entitled “Grand Larceny in 1MDB” on July 2016, and published on news portal Malaysiakini.

He claimed Thomas' article had concluded that he (Najib) had taken the money from 1MDB.

Najib said Thomas' stand against him was evident in the article and Thomas should have not been involved in the investigation.

In his summons against Mohd Shukri, Najib claimed that the MACC chief had prematurely concluded in a press conference that he had taken RM42mil and RM2.6bil from SRC International Sdn Bhd, formerly a 1MDB subsidiary.

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  • Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is expected to face several charges for committing offences under two Acts, sources said.
  • "We believe Najib will be charged under the Anti Money-Laundering Act and the Penal Code," a source told The Star yesterday.
  • Other sources said Najib is expected to face four counts of committing criminal breach of trust and anti-money laundering charges involving a total of RM42mil and believed to be linked to the SRC International Sdn Bhd case.
  • Yesterday, Najib was arrested at his house in Jalan Lang­gak Duta in Kuala Lumpur at about 3pm and was whisked to the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya about an hour later.
  • Supporters of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak hold up signs, ahead of his arrival to court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Rosmah Mansor, wife of Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak, leaves a courtroom in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Family members of Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak leave a court in Kuala Lumpur
  • Malaysia's Attorney-General Tommy Thomas speaks during a news conference outside a courtroom in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • A supporter of Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak conflicts with a police officer outside a court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Najib stressed that the press conference was conducted before he was summoned by MACC to have his statement recorded to assist investigations into SRC International.

He said the statement made by Mohd Shukri during the press conference was emotionally charged and vengeful, apart from portraying him as guilty.

Meanwhile, in his supporting affidavit for his originating summons against Amar Singh, Najib said the police chief was responsible in leading police raids at premises resided by his children at Pavilion Residence and one loaned by a friend to store items moved from his official residence in Seri Perdana.

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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.
  • 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.
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