Older model designer bags, shoes and jewellery seized from Najib-linked 'safe house'

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PETALING JAYADesigner handbags, branded shoes and jewellery were among items seized by police from a house in Precinct 10, said to be connected to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

According to a source, the items were similar to those seized earlier from the former premier’s official residence but “slightly older models”.

The house in Putrajaya was used like a storeroom to keep these older trends of luxury bags and shoes.

It is learnt that police are still estimating the value of the latest seizure.

The house is located about 200m from Seri Perdana, the official residence of the Prime Minister. An online portal described the premises as Najib’s “safe house”.

The search at 1pm on Monday is believed to be linked to the ongoing investigations into 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) and the Bukit Aman CID Anti-Money Laundering division officers had combed the house looking for related documents.

Several boxes were carted away from the house and placed in a white van.

It is learnt that the property management division of the Prime Minister’s Department owns the house.

The police team left at about 3.10pm but at least five personnel were left to guard the house.

Earlier, police had also searched another house in Precinct 11.

When contacted, division chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Khalil Azlan Chik confirmed that the raids were connected to 1MDB.

“We are looking into the aspect of money laundering,” he said.

He refused to say if other raids would be carried out.

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.

Meanwhile, China Press reported yesterday that police had given an estimate for the 433 watches seized nearly a month ago from an apartment unit belonging to Najib and his family in upscale Pavilion Residences.

These include a Rolex watch valued at RM3.5mil (S$1.2 million), while another luxury Cecil Purnell timepiece was estimated at RM1.2mil.

The China Press said police officers were shocked when professional appraisers informed them of the value of the timepieces.

Other luxury brands named in the article also included Patek Philippe and Richard Mille timepieces.