1MDB: A high-profile case, many bags full of money seized

Police confiscating items linked to the 1MDB scandal from one of Najib Razak`s residence units

Kuala Lumpur: Seventy-two bags full of cash and jewellery were seized tonight by the police from two condominium units linked to former premier Najib Abdul Razak in the upmarket Pavillion Residence in Kuala Lumpur.

Police raid into the Najib residence and condominium units has been going on for two days now.

Police have seized 284 boxes filled with designer handbags, watches, jewellery and cash in various currencies from three luxury condominiums here.

Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Comm Datuk Seri Amar Singh (pic), who led the raids at Pavilion Residences here, said this was part of its investigations into 1MDB.

Police are checking six locations linked to former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak here and in Putrajaya, including the Prime Minister’s Office, his official residence as well as four other residences.

“Our seizures included 284 boxes containing designer handbags. Our personnel checked these bags and discovered various currencies including Malaysian Ringgit, US Dollars, watches and jewellery in 72 bags” he told reporters at the scene in the early hours of Friday morning.

 Too many items and cash seized that the police can not estimate the value of the items seized, he added.

“Though we have finished searching these apartments, the operations will continue. Our team has been working tirelessly for two days investigating the case,” he said.

Comm Amar added that the search and seizures were part of the probe into 1MDB and not any particular individual.

He also said that the apartment was not owned by Najib but a “Tan Sri”.

“It’s not proper for me to reveal the identity of the owner but the search was conducted in relation to the 1MDB investigations being carried out by Bukit Aman CCID,” he said.

Comm Amar said the task force also seized documents connected to 1MDB from the Prime Minister’s Office on Wednesday (May 16).

“Our motive is not to harass or disturb anyone but this is a high-profile case and we are conducting a thorough investigation,” Amar said – the Star Online/ MWN

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