Malaysia's ex-PM Najib rails at police, wife warns of "public trial"

Malaysia sets up new 1MDB criminal taskforce

USA investigators say Razak's associates stole and laundered $4.5 billion from the fund, some of which also landed in Razak's bank account, and that some $23 million was used to buy a rare diamond pink necklace for Mansor. In separate raids at Najib's apartments and offices that lasted more than a day, police said they had seized 284 boxes of high-priced designer handbags and 72 suitcases containing cash, jewelry and other luxury items.

Mansor says the family will cooperate, but that authorities should not "be feeding social media trolls".

Rosmah was reviled by many Malaysians as an avaricious first lady who loves Birkin bags and leads an opulent lifestyle, but television footage of the police haul has Malaysia gasping with shock.

"The government hopes the formation of the special task force involving various enforcement agencies will be able to restore the dignity of the country which has been tainted, and return the Malaysian people's money and assets following the kleptocracy scandal resulting from mismanagement and misappropriation of 1MDB funds", the statement added. Gani's replacement, Apandi Ali, who was handpicked by Najib, cleared the PM from any wrongdoing in connection with 1MDB in January 2016, bringing the investigation to an end.

Mahathir Mohamad, the new prime minister, said the task force would meet for the first time Tuesday and investigate crimes committed in relation to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), which Najib founded in 2009 as a sovereign wealth fund to support economic development in the country.

A house belonging to a high-ranking female officer, believed to be connected to former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, was raided over the weekend.

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Najib and Rosmah have been barred from leaving Malaysia.

Najib has consistently denied any wrongdoing related to 1MDB since the scandal erupted in 2015, but he replaced the attorney-general and several MACC officers to shut down an investigation.

The ousted leader arrived at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters in the administrative capital of Putrajaya, walking through a scrum of about 100 journalists.

Najib slammed the police raids as "irresponsible and cavalier", his lawyer Harpal Singh Grewal said Saturday.

(File pic) Federal police CCID director Datuk Seri Amar Singh, when contacted, declined to comment.

He said there was "no relevance and no prima facie evidence for this seizure to take place".

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