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Malaysian police raids former PM's residence

17 May 2018
Malaysian police raids former PM's residence

Gani led an investigation by multiple agencies into the scandal at the time, which was later closed after Najib was cleared of wrongdoing.

Malaysian police visited former Prime Minister Najib Razak's house late Wednesday, reportedly searching for documents as part of a renewed probe into a massive corruption scandal involving a state investment fund that is being investigated overseas.

Former prime minister Najib Razak at a mosque for prayers, hours before police launched a search of his home which continued into the morning.

Abdul Razak Idris said he would discuss with MACC officials whether he should lodge another report under sections 217 and 218 of the penal code regarding certain public servants protecting a person from punishment or property from forfeiture with MACC or the police.

After a one-day delay, during which the country held its breath, Mahathir was confirmed as the new prime minister late on 10 May, becoming the world's oldest serving elected head of state.

As word of the police presence circulated on social media, scores of journalists and citizens gathered at Najib's home, where they remained into the early hours.

Mahathir, who ruled from 1981 to 2003, came out of retirement to spearhead the anti-Najib campaign and has found himself back in the country's top post.

The 70-year-old declared a "new dawn for Malaysia" and insisted he had buried the hatchet with old foe Mahathir, with whom he had joined forces to oust Najib.

The premier said Wednesday he will seek to recover funds diverted from 1MDB by reaching out to authorities in Switzerland, the U.S., Singapore and other jurisdictions. "We will appeal for the money to be returned to Malaysia".

"Some are also anxious for me for boldly coming out to lodge a report but it's alright", he said.

Najib's wife Rosmah Mansor, deeply unpopular due to her reported love of costly overseas shopping trips, was known to have a vast collection of designer clothes and handbags.

But his successor and former mentor, 92-year-old Mahathir Mohamad, instructed police to re-investigate the case and put Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali on leave, over allegations he helped cover up the corruption scandal. In the former government, there were some given administration work as usual, but there were also political appointees.

Anwar said he had forgiven Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who had him imprisoned two decades ago but who took over the opposition alliance and swept to victory last week.

"It is hard. It is time consuming and energy consuming and I don't get much sleep but I have to do it because they appointed me as prime minister".

According to civil forfeiture complaints filed in July 2016, more than US$3.5bn in funds belonging to 1MDB were embezzled by high-level 1MBD officials and their associates between 2009 and 2015, the US Department of Justice said in a statement.