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

Malaysia's new prime minister is considering investigating former leader Najib Razak for abuse of power over the scandal-plagued state fund 1MDB

Malaysia's new prime minister is considering investigating former leader Najib Razak for abuse of power over the scandal-plagued state fund 1MDB

Najib was summoned by the MACC to give a statement over claims surrounding SRC International, an energy company that was originally a subsidiary of 1MDB, and forms just one part of the wide-ranging probe into the scandal.

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

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia-Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak presented himself for questioning at Malaysia's anticorruption agency Tuesday for the first time since he lost national elections on May 9.

Mohd Shukri said the RM2.6 billion issue would now be handled largely by the 1MDB task force, but that this also included members of the MACC. A domestic investigation launched during his premiership concluded that the money in his accounts was a donation from the Saudi royal family.

Thousands of Malaysians followed a livestream on social media of Thursday night's raid at a Kuala Lumpur condominium, where police confiscated 284 luxurious Hermes Birkin handbags and 72 suitcases filled with cash, jewelry and other valuable items.

News portal Malaysia Decides reported Harpal and another lawyer, M. Athimulan, had been told their services were no longer needed and that Najib had replaced them with former solicitor-general II Yusof Zainal Abiden and his team of six lawyers.

A construction worker talks on the phone in front of a 1Malaysia Development Berhad billboard at the Tun Razak Exchange development in Kuala Lumpur

A leaked flight manifesto shows Najib and his wife Rosmah Mansor are due to leave on a private jet on Saturday to Jakarta, fueling rumours he was fleeing the country to escape possible prosecution over a massive corruption scandal involving the 1MDB state fund.

"Yes, I have withdrawn", he said in a text message shortly before midnight.

"Enforcement agencies should not be feeding social media trolls, but observe and uphold strict professionalism at all times", said Rosmah. "To topple the party, they had to target the president".

Mahathir spoke on Monday to civil servants and other officials outside the Prime Minister's Office, vowing to root out corruption. "Of course, this expertise must come from those with experience in running previous governments, or having held some responsible posts", Mahathir said.

One image of a tray of six gold Rolex watches is widely shared on social media website Pinterest while another of luggage filled with stacks of United States currency is from a June 2016 robbery case that happened in the US.


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