Raid on Najib's house intensifies

A police truck seen leaving the residence of Datuk Seri Najib Razak at Jalan Langgak Duta. Pic by MOHD YUSNI ARIFFIN

According to a Reuters report published today, 17 May, Bukit Aman Commercial CID director Datuk Seri Amar Singh Ishar Singh told the worldwide news agency the police are conducting searches at several locations, including the prime minister's office and residences linked to Najib.

Firdaus Latif, CC BY-SA 2.0)Najib led the Malaysian government for nine years before he lost the May 9 election.

More than $700 million was alleged to have been siphoned off into Najib's personal bank accounts, a charge the former prime minister denies.

Last week, Najib and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, were stopped from leaving the country when he chose to fly to Indonesia for "a short break" after losing the election.

Datuk Harpal Singh, lawyer of Datuk Seri Najib, said a police team began drilling into the safe at 8.30am. It lasted through the night and spanned five properties connected to the recently ousted politician accused of stealing nearly $700 million from 1IMDB.

A man who claimed to be a neighbour of Najib was stopped by the police as he approached the house at 11.20am.

Mr Harpal, the lawyer, said the police search had gone on for nearly 18 hours and was "harassment".

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He said he was not able to reveal the contents of the boxes in the police Black Maria that left Najib's home at Langgak Duta.

Two policemen seen exiting the Pavilion Residence Apartment.

Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigations Department director Amar Singh that police performed searches on five locations belonging or connected to Najib.

The new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on May 15 that he is confident prosecutors will soon have a strong case against him.

"As former victims of early dawn police raids, I must stress my disagreement in ransacking any home at such an ungodly hour", said Nurul Izzah, an MP and daughter of Anwar Ibrahim, leader of the People's Justice Party.

Authorities in at least six countries, including the United States, are investigating the multi-billion-dollar scandal over the fund that Mr Najib founded.

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