Malaysia's Najib Razak has home searched by police

Publish on: 2018-05-17 12:22:21 PM
Mukul |

International Desk: Malaysian police have searched the home of ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak, one week after he lost the national election.

Multiple police vehicles were seen circulating in front of his house after night fall, according to local media.

The new prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, previously said he was looking into re-opening corruption investigations against his former ally.

Mr Najib denies any wrongdoing. He was put under a travel ban at the weekend.

He had attempted to leave the country to go on holiday with his wife on Saturday.

Police confirmed the search of his property, but did not give any further details, the New Straits Times newspaper reported.

Mr Najib has long been dogged by corruption allegations related to a state fund he founded.

In 2015, he was accused of diverting $700m (£517m) from the fund, but he was cleared by authorities.

More than 100 people, including police, journalists and members of the public, were gathered outside his residence, according to an agency.

Several police officers entered the house after he returned home from prayers at a mosque, a witness told the news agency.Mr Najib's long-ruling Barisan Nasional coalition suffered a shock electoral defeat in the 9 May election.

His 92-year-old former mentor was sworn in on Thursday, and said he would seek the return of millions of dollars lost in the scandal.

Source: Agencies

risingbd/May 17, 2018/Mukul



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