Malaysia police spent hours drilling through former PM Najib Razak's home safe

17 May, 2018, 23:22 | Author: Wade Massey
  • A police truck seen leaving the residence of Datuk Seri Najib Razak at Jalan Langgak Duta. Pic by MOHD YUSNI ARIFFIN

Locksmiths were called in to break open an old safe inside the grand private home of Malaysia's ousted prime minister on Thursday, as the spectacle of a police search at his residence drew the world's media and onlookers from across the country.

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

Najib also complained about the timing, saying the operation on the eve of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan denied his family's right to properly conduct their religious obligations.

Najib and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor have been blacklisted by the Immigration Department and they are prohibited from leaving the country.

However no documents were taken, Najib's lawyer Datuk Harpal Singh Grewal told reporters after exiting the house at about 4.20 am. It lasted through the night and spanned five properties connected to the recently ousted politician accused of stealing nearly $700 million from 1IMDB.

In a statement, Najib's lawyer Harpal Singh Grewal said police harassment continued for nearly 18 hours though Najib indicated his will to cooperate fully.

"This harassment has now continued for nearly 18 hours and nothing meaningful has come from the search and seizure of what would appear to be insignificant personal items", his lawyer said.

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Police confirmed that no arrests have been made and there was no indication that there will be an arrest.

Several personal items such as handbags, clothes and gifts were seized from the home of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at his personal residence in Jalan Langgak Duta, Taman Duta here early today.

The boxes contents are still unknown.

"It is still being conducted at the five areas simultaneously", said Amar Singh, director of the Commercial CID at federal police headquarters.

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

He said Najib and his family members extended their cooperation during the search, and that there were no arrests.

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