May 18, 2018
The four cars arrived around 9.15am on May 18, 2018, and left around 3.45pm. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK, BERNAMA) – The four police cars that arrived at former Prime Minister Najib Razak’s house in Taman Duta on Friday (May 18) morning were there for around six-and-a-half hours before leaving with a mystery box.
The four cars arrived around 9.15am and left around 3.45pm at Jalan Langgak Duta here.
A blue plastic box was seen being loaded into one of the cars.
The contents of the box are unknown and it is still unclear if the safe that police have been trying to crack since first entering the residence has been opened.
A policeman at the police line said the main investigators had left with the convoy.
However, more drama ensued as two cars with four men each showed up and identified themselves as officers from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.
They were then seen entering the house of the former prime minister carrying briefcases.
Najib’s lawyer Datuk Harpal Singh Grewal was also seen going into the house on Friday.
In the wee hours of Friday, police confirmed that 284 boxes filled with designer handbags, watches, jewellery and cash in various currencies from three luxury condominiums, whose value is impossible to estimate due to its sheer volume, were seized.
Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Amar Singh, who led the raids at Pavilion Residences here, said the operation was part of its investigations into the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) state fund.
It followed a police check earlier of five locations linked to Najib which includes his private residence in Taman Duta and two locations at the Pavillion Residences in Kuala Lumpur.
The other locations searched were Seri Perdana, the Prime Minister’s official residence, and the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya.
Sixteen police cars and one truck were seen outside the Taman Duta home shortly after 10.30pm on Wednesday (May 16), with the operation to remove documents believed to be linked to the 1MDB probe lasting past the wee hours and into the Thursday evening (May 17).
Meanwhile, Najib also received visitors from several Umno figures on Friday.
Two former ministers from Datuk Seri Najib’s Umno party were seen visiting him at the Taman Duta residence. They included Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, who is the former minister of education and current MP for Padang Terap in Kedah, and Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, a former minister in the Prime Minister s Department who is MP for Pengerang in Johor.
Several high-ranking Umno members for Kedah including former Kedah Mentri Besar Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah and Datuk Seri Azeez Rahim, who is MP for Baling as well as Datuk Seri Mohd Johari Baharom, former MP for Kubang Pasu, were also seen at the home.
None of them spoke to reporters.
Pahang Umno Youth chief Mohd Shahar Abdullah turned up to show his support accompanied by nine supporters. Mohd Shahar told reporters that the police must be fair in their investigations. “If they are investigating the 1MDB issue, they should stick to just that. Not go into other things,” he said, adding that the actions taken against Najib would be judged by future generations.
Mohd Shahar, who is also Paya Besar MP, added that he was satisfied that Najib and his family were being treated well during the extended police search.
Selangor Non-Governmental Organisations Coalition chairman Nazilah Idris was also seen paying him a visit, telling reporters later that Najib appeared calm and was in good health.