Malaysian police seize 72 bags of cash, jewels in Najib Razak raids

Malaysian police con­fis­cat­ed a few hun­dred design­er hand­bags, cash, jew­el­ry and oth­er valu­ables as part of an inves­ti­ga­tion into for­mer Prime Minister Najib Razak. 

(CNN) — Malaysian police have seized dozens of bags stuffed with jew­els, cash and lux­u­ry goods from prop­er­ties linked to for­mer Prime Minister Najib Razak, accord­ing to state media.State news agency Bernama report­ed Friday that 72 bags of jew­el­ry, cash in a vari­ety of cur­ren­cies, almost 300 box­es of design­er hand­bags, and oth­er lux­u­ry goods were seized in a raid Wednesday night in the down­town Kuala Lumpur devel­op­ment Jalan Raja Chula.

The val­ue of the seized goods, which includ­ed Hermes and Louis Vuitton bags, is yet to be ascer­tained due to the scale of the con­fis­ca­tion, Bernama report­ed. Najib, whose gov­ern­ment was plagued with scan­dal, was sound­ly defeat­ed in last week’s par­lia­men­tary elec­tion by a coali­tion led by vet­er­an politi­cian Mahathir Mohamad, who came out of retire­ment to chal­lenge Najib.

Police gath­er at the res­i­dence of the for­mer Prime Minister on Wednesday.

Najib was deeply unpop­u­lar and fac­ing alle­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion and mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of mon­ey from a state fund, the Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). His coali­tion par­ty, Barisan Nasional, led the coun­try since its inde­pen­dence 61 years ago. Mahathir had pledged to hold Najib accountable.

At a press con­fer­ence on Thursday, Mahathir had said the police had enough rea­son to raid Najib’s house.

Police pre­pare to load con­fis­cat­ed items into a truck on Friday.

We have instruct­ed inves­ti­ga­tion into all crime cas­es, no mat­ter who is involved. If there is a case against them, we will take action,” he said.

Six prop­er­ties were searched in total in rela­tion to reopened probe into the 1MDB scan­dal, the state invest­ment vehi­cle from which Najib is accused of siphon­ing off bil­lions of dol­lars. Najib has denied any wrongdoing. 

Documents relat­ing to the 1MDB scan­dal were retrieved in raids con­duct­ed on six prop­er­ties, includ­ing four homes, the for­mer prime min­is­ter’s offi­cial res­i­dence and his office in Putrajaya, accord­ing to Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) direc­tor Amar Singh Ishar Singh.

On Thursday Najib’s lawyer, Harpal Singh Grewal, told reporters that he under­stood that the items had been seized in order to advance an inves­ti­ga­tion under the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Acts, Bernama also reported.

Najib and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, are on an Immigration Department watch list, and banned from leav­ing the country.

By Euan McKirdy, CNN

Malaysian police seize 72 bags of cash, jew­els in Najib Razak raids

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