Former Malaysian PM faces new corruption probe after election defeat

  • Former Malaysian PM faces new corruption probe after election defeat

Former Malaysian PM faces new corruption probe after election defeat

He said police took away some personal possessions including a couple of handbags.

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.

Jack Seng, another supporter wearing a shirt with a logo of Anwar behind bars, said he thought Mahathir and Anwar would resolve any tensions between them.

As of 4.45am, police cars remained in the vicinity of Najib's bungalow in the leafy district of Jalan Duta, near Kuala Lumpur, along with a "Black Mariah" - a police wagon used to transport detainees.

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.

Reuters reported that witnesses saw around a dozen armed police enter Najib's home after he returned from prayers at a mosque.

Four other locations were raided, including other condominiums in his name, and his prime ministerial office.

And Mahathir announced that attorney general Mohamed Apandi Ali had been sent on leave after he reported for work on Monday and would be temporarily replaced by the solicitor general, pending the results of a police report and investigation.

Late Wednesday, Mahathir, who gained a reputation as an authoritarian ruler during a previous stint in power between 1981 and 2003, told reporters arrests would only be made when there was clear evidence of wrongdoing.

Mahathir said the government was also committed to repaying any debts linked to the fund that it has guaranteed.

"This is important because the amount is big and it can help us clear some debts", he said, adding that the total amount which can be recovered has yet to be determined.

On the appointment of a new Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner following the resignation of Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad, Dr Mahathir said certain appointments required the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. We will declare the money is ours and will apply for it to be released to us.

Amid calls for Najib to be prosecuted over the sprawling 1MDB corruption scandal, Malaysian immigration authorities barred Najib and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, from leaving the country.

The charges of sodomy first surfaced in a book written by the ex-editor of a state-run newspaper that then came to light at a time when Anwar - who had been fired from Mahathir's government where he had served as deputy prime minister and finance minister - had formed his "Reformasi" ("Reform") movement to challenge Mahathir.