Malaysia police on Thursday conducted searches at five properties linked to the ousted PM Najib Razak, including his current residence, a senior police officer said.
The police are investigating a multibillion-dollar scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) in at least six countries, including the US. Najib denies any wrongdoing. 1MDB was founded by Najib in 2007.
Director of Police commercial investigations, Amar Singh said that five places linked to Najib were being searched, including the family home in an upmarket Kuala Lumpur district.
Singh gave no other details but the Star newspaper said searches were also conducted at the PM’s office, the official residence and two places linked to Najib’s family in a luxury Kuala Lumpur condominium.
Police started the search after Najib returned home from prayers at a mosque to mark the first day of Ramadan.
“The search is supposed to be under the money laundering act. They found nothing incriminating,” Najib’s lawyer Harpal Singh Grewal who was ousted from office in last week’s general election told the reporters who were camped outside the house.
He said police took away some personal possessions including a couple of handbags. “Nothing serious. About two, three boxes” of them, Grewal added.
When questioned whether Najib would be arrested, Grewal replied: “There is no indication.”
Najib’s long-ruling political coalition was defeated in a May 9 general election and just days later, Najib and his wife, Rosmah Mansor was barred from leaving the country.
The current PM Mahathir has said there is sufficient evidence to investigate the scandal at 1MDB.
On Wednesday, jailed reformist Anwar Ibrahim was granted a full pardon and freed, underlining the dramatic political changes in the country in the last seven days.