Police search at Najib's house passes 12-hour mark

  • May 17, 2018
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After more than 12 hours since a vast police team descended last night onto the private residence of ousted prime minister Najib Abdul Razak in Jalan Langgak Duta, Kuala Lumpur, there seemed to be no end in sight with searches still ongoing.

Several police vehicles have been observed leaving the area. However, several others, including the Black Maria truck, remain parked out front as officers from Bukit Aman's federal commercial crimes department are still believed to be combing through Najib's house.

Among the vehicles observed leaving earlier in the day were a few unmarked police vehicles, containing individuals in hoodies. In one, a person in the passenger seat with his or her face covered could be seen.

The police team had arrived in more than a dozen cars at about 10.15pm last night, followed by the Black Maria, which is often used to transport detainees, at 3.50 this morning.

It was later learned that the truck is being used to transport evidence boxes.

Najib's lawyer Harpal Singh Grewal told reporters gathered outside that the police had seized several boxes of handbags, presents and personal belongings.

He opined that Najib was being investigated for money laundering.

It is believed that the operation is related to the 1MDB scandal.

Bukit Aman commercial crime department director Amar Singh Ishar Singh had reportedly confirmed that police were searching the residence.

He had said police were searching five locations, including the house, the upscale Pavillion Residence in Kuala Lumpur and the Prime Minister's Office in Putrajaya.

According to the New Straits Times, one of the homes being searched at Pavillion Residence belonged to the son of Najib and his wife, Rosmah Mansor.

It reported that police were unable to enter another two units as the owner, one of the couple's daughters, was not at home.

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad had on Tuesday said that there were no plans to strike a deal with Najib and that the former would carry on with his pledge to prosecute his predecessor in regards to the scandal-ridden state investment fund.