Malaysia steps up graft probe of fund linked to ex-leader

Malaysia's reformist icon Anwar Ibrahim center gestures to his supporters during a rally in Petaling Jaya Malaysia Wednesday

Speaking to reporters outside Mr Najib's Taman Duta residence at around 4am yesterday, the former premier's lawyer, Mr Harpal Singh Grewal, confirmed the police search and that Mr Najib and his family were cooperative.

"Exactly how much jewellery, I would not be able to say, because we know that we confiscated bags containing jewellery and the amount of jewellery is rather big", Reuters quoted him as saying.

Mahathir was ideal as prime minister right now as the new government goes about dismantling the obsolete and corrupt system put in place by the long-ruling United Malay National Organisation (UMNO)-led coalition, Anwar said. The Malaysian prime minister, Najib Razak, chaired its advisory board and, according to the US Justice Department, top executives and associates of Najib looted $4.5bn from the fund between 2009 and 2014, laundering it through the US, Singapore, Switzerland and other countries.

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.

Commercial crime director Amar Singh Ishar Singh said police also searched several other locations, including the prime minister's office and official residence, which haven't yet been occupied by Mahathir.

She reported that investigators are also trying to unlock a safety deposit box, which Najib reportedly said could not be opened because the key has been missing.

A police spokeswoman could not be contacted for comment.

Mahathir has said the government will seek to retrieve billions of dollars laundered from 1MDB to repay government debts that have piled up over the years.

Steven Spielberg in talks to direct Leonardo DiCaprio in biopic
The Hollywood star and director are said to be in early discussions about working on a biopic of former US President Ulysses S. The Oscar victor duo will be partnering for this project for the first time since the 2002 hit Catch Me If You Can .

Some of the money allegedly landed in Najib's bank account and $23million was used to buy a pink diamond necklace for his wife, it is claimed. "Najib wasted a lot of Malaysia's money".

Mahathir, who was prime minister for 22 years until in 2003, emerged from retirement to join hands with former political foes to oust Najib amid anger over the 1MDB scandal.

Najib was cleared of all wrongdoing while he was in power, but the investigation is widely perceived to have been a farce, and some in his administration have since accused him of covering up the scandal.

While Malaysians have obviously given Mahathir a bigger mandate, we think a larger lesson for all, including Nigeria, is that leaders can not take the interests of their people for granted without suffering the consequences - however influential they once were.

"We are glad that he has been reunited with his family", spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement. "They (the police) also acted professionally", he said.

There were those who still doubted that Anwar, 71, could accept his former boss, who sacked him 20 years ago from the post of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance on Sept 2, 1998, before being sacked by UMNO the next day from the deputy president's post and party membership over alleged abuse of power and sexual misconduct.

Najib's alliance, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), unexpectedly lost last week's parliamentary elections to his one-time mentor, Mahathir. "I want people to be treated decently", he said.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Liam, Olivia top NY state list of most popular baby names
May 18, 2018 - 16:00
The SSA first began compiling the baby name list in 1997; moreover, the agency claims that names date back to 1880. While numerous most popular names stayed the same, the state-by-state breakdown reveals some interesting trends.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Las Vegas Police Evacuate Mall As Precaution After Reports Of Armed Man
May 18, 2018 - 15:45
As a result of the shooting, the mall has been put on lockdown and officers, some of them heavily armed, are at the scene. Metro Police Deputy Chief Chris Jones says no shots were fired at the Boulevard Mall and no injuries have been reported .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Could Carlos Carvalhal stay on at Swansea City?
May 18, 2018 - 15:45
This season, though, proved to be a bridge too far; Clement was sacked in December, with Swansea routed to the foot of the table. There will be many key players linked with moves away, with Kurt Zouma moving back to Chelsea after his loan spell.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Samsung Galaxy J6 with Infinity Display Launch on May 21: Features, Specifications
May 18, 2018 - 14:58
With such specifications, Samsung J7 looks on par with the popular Redmi Note 5 series, but the pricing will decide its fate. The device will have a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor as there will be not enough room for the sensor below the display.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Police respond to call of shots fired at Trump National in Doral
May 18, 2018 - 14:42
He's undergoing treatment for gunshot wounds, and his condition is unknown, authorities said. The Doral Police Department says on its website Friday morning there is "no further threat".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Career-low round sees Marc Leishman lead in Dallas
May 18, 2018 - 14:17
Defending champion Billy Horschel , who started on the back nine, had an eagle at the par-five 14th en route to a three-under 68 that left him seven shots back.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Test toss off? Ashes may herald end of era
May 18, 2018 - 14:10
As things stand, the home team captain flips the coin and the visiting captain calls heads or tails. The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Pretty Much Everything About the HTC U12+ Just Leaked
May 18, 2018 - 14:07
According to the spec sheet, the notch-less display is a 6-inch panel with a Quad HD+ resolution and a pixel density of 537ppi. The leaked specs sheet also says that the phone is able to offer 23.8 hours of talk time on 3G/4G network.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top FDA approves preventative treatment for migraines
May 18, 2018 - 13:37
Tepper, MD, professor of neurology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire, in a statement . Injected monthly just under the skin using a penlike device, the drug will cost $6,900 per year without insurance.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top James Ransone And Andy Bean Sign Up To Star In 'It' Sequel
May 18, 2018 - 12:55
Like the first movie, It: Chapter Two will be directed by Andy Muschetti, with a script by Gary Dauberman . Ransone is best known for his starring role in the Sinister franchise, and for his part in The Wire .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Stop threatening us with tariffs, EU tells Trump
May 18, 2018 - 12:47
She said that the European Commission was in a stronger negotiating position because it had the support of all member states. EU leaders are in Sofia to participate in the EU-Western Balkans Summit.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top China changes its mind on Bain's Toshiba chip takeover plans
May 18, 2018 - 12:40
Sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Tuesday that there had yet to be any concrete breakthrough in China. The deal was agreed between buyer and seller past year , with Bain taking a 49.9% stake and Toshiba retaining 40.2%.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Everything you need to know about YouTube Music - Spotify's new rival
May 18, 2018 - 12:31
YouTube Premium will include YouTube Music with background listening anddownloads and more original series and movies. MANILA, Philippines - Google's launched a rebranding and splitting up of what was formerly known as YouTube Red.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top BSF trooper killed in Pakistan firing in Jammu
May 18, 2018 - 12:22
According to border residents in the area Pakistan rangers used 82 mm mortars and LMG fire to target the civilian areas. The Pakistan Rangers again resorted to unprovoked firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in the RS Pura .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Elon Musk to offer $1 rides in Boring Company tunnels
May 18, 2018 - 11:04
This new Boring Company tunnel was announced last month and will serve as a new full proof-of-concept for the company. He showed what the tunnels would look like in a test run done in the company's hyperloop chamber.