5 June 2018
Legal team walks out on Najib
NAJIB Razak’s team of legal advisers has decided to not to represent him, dealing a major blow to the former prime minister facing a battery of charges related to money laundering.
The Malaysian Insight understands former top prosecutor Yusof Zainal Abideen, senior criminal lawyer M. Puravalen and other members of the legal team failed to reach common ground with the client on several issues.
Given the disagreements, the lawyers felt it was pointless to continue acting for Najib. Their departure will come as a major loss to the embattled former PM as Yusof and Puravalen are lawyers of repute, each with more than 35 years of experience in the courtroom.
As long as they were engaged by Najib, the legal fraternity was of the general view that the former prime minister’s defence was in good hands.
Najib is under investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) probing how RM42 million from SRC International had allegedly ended up in his private bank account.
The money from SRC International went through several intermediaries before it was allegedly credited into Najib’s account.
Yusof and Puravalen had accompanied Najib when he was summoned to the MACC office for questioning on May 24.
2 June 2018
Najib hires former US AG, top lawyers as 1MDB probe intensifies
Posted on 2 June 2018 – 07:38pm
PETALING JAYA: Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak has sought the services of former United States attorney-general (AG) John Ashcroft and veteran US lawyer David Boies as part of his legal team as the probe into his involvement in the 1MDB scandal intensifies.
According to a report by news portal The Malaysian Insight , the Ashcroft Law Firm had registered Najib as a client on the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) register in September last year.
It said that Najib was listed as Prime Minister of Malaysia, under the category of financed by a foreign government/foreign political party and foreign principal.
Meanwhile, Boies is a star litigator whose resume encompasses US legal battles involving the AIG and Enron financial scandals and the Microsoft antitrust case.
The article cited sources saying that the US legal team acting for Najib also includes Matthew Schwartz, who was New York prosecutor for a decade and during that time had been involved in probes against Bernie Madoff, who was embroiled in a ponzi scheme scandal.
The article said that these lawyers would arrive in Kuala Lumpur soon.
25 May 2018
Perkembangan siasatan ke atas 1MDB
RM114m: 22 bank officers, 35 bags of cash, 26 currencies, three days to count
It took 22 bank officers three days to count 35 bags of cash seized from residences linked to former premier Najib Abdul Razak, revealed commercial crimes department director Amar Singh.
“We seized 72 bags. Of this, 35 contained cash in 26 currencies,” he told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur this morning.
Amar said the cash was counted by 21 officers from Bank Negara and one officer from Bank Islam.
The total amount was RM114 million.
The value of the remaining 37 bags, which contained jewellery and watches, have yet to be ascertained.
On May 18, the police seized the 72 bags and another 284 boxes containing designer handbags from the upmarket Pavilion Residences in Kuala Lumpur.
22 May 2018
Najib’s lawyers resign
May 22, 2018
The former PM has hired a new legal team ahead of his questioning by MACC today.
KUALA LUMPUR: Lawyers representing Najib Razak have resigned ahead of the former prime minister’s questioning by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) later today
Harpal Singh Grewal and M Athimulan said Najib has appointed a new legal team.
“Yes I can confirm that we have withdrawn ourselves from his team.
“He has hired a new team,” Harpal said when contacted, without giving further details
It is understood that the new team is led by former solicitor-general Mohd Yusof Zainal Abidin
20 May 2018
Rosmah: No grudge against those who turned their back
KUALA LUMPUR: Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor said she bored no grudge against her former allies who have now turned their backs on her and husband, following Barisan Nasional’s defeat in the 14th General Election.
“It’s normal in politics. When you’re up, everybody adores us, but when you have a problem, it is expected. It is just part and parcel of life,” Rosmah told the Malay Mail in an exclusive interview at their house in Jalan Langgak Duta, yesterday.
Rosmah said that she was upbeat despite the series of long raids conducted by the police at some of their premises.
In the interview, she also stressed that her focus was now to protect her family and herself.
She hoped that the family’s troubles would be over soon.
“But I would like this to be over as soon as possible, because we want to move on with our lives,” Rosmah said in the interview.
She also asked the police to treat to treat them with the courtesy which they are entitled to as Malaysians.
19 May 2018
Najib asks cops for witness protection, says life at risk
KUALA LUMPUR, May 19 — Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak told police yesterday that his life is at risk and asked to be put under witness protection in the ongoing probe into the 1Malaysia Development Berhad-related (1MDB) scandal.
Najib lodged a report yesterday at the Sentul police headquarters at 5pm. In the police report sighted by Malay Mail, Najib had said that there was a clear threat on his life and his family members and made a formal request to be placed under the witness protection.
Najib claimed in the report that through his sources, it was learnt that the threats are not only from within the country, but also overseas.
It was learnt that the threats were from people who were directly and indirectly linked to 1MDB funds internationally.
In his report, he said police officers from Bukit Aman’s commercial crime unit had first turned up at his residence on the night of May 10, just a day after the 14th general election.
Najib slams cops who ate food and chocolate from fridge
PETALING JAYA: Former Prime Minister Najib Razak today hit out at police personnel who demanded that meals be prepared for them when they raided his children’s homes.
In a statement issued by his lawyer today, Najib also criticised the “cavalier and irresponsible” manner in which the raid was conducted.
“This is reflected by the manner in which police personnel helped themselves to food and chocolates in the refrigerator,” he said, adding the widespread publicity surrounding the seizure of other belongings has embarrassed and humiliated his family.
Rosmah: Stop leaking raid pictures on social media
PETALING JAYA: Rosmah Mansor, the wife of the former prime minister, has complained about leaked photographs from police raids being shared on social media and demanded that the authorities follow the rule of law and due process.
Her statement was issued as her husband, Najib Razak, complained that policemen had helped themselves to food and chocolates from the refrigerator at the home of one of their children.
Rosmah’s lawyers also issued a statement, her first public reaction since authorities began investigating Najib in connection with money laundering and corruption allegations.
Rosmah was particularly critical about details of the items allegedly confiscated being published on social media.
Since Thursday night, photographs and close-ups of a police raid on a luxury apartment in Kuala Lumpur that have been spread on social media showed details of the contents of some boxes being seized, and the name of a prominent personality.
It’s all over, lawyer says of raids at Najib’s house
Harpal Singh Grewal says Najib is disappointed with the indiscriminate manner his children’s personal belongings had been seized.
KUALA LUMPUR: The authorities have completed their searches of premises linked to former prime minister Najib Razak in their investigations into 1MDB corruption and money laundering allegations, his lawyer revealed.
“As far as we’re concerned, it’s all over,” said Harpal Singh Grewal to reporters waiting outside Najib’s private residence in Langgak Duta.
Najib’s home had been cordoned off by police since early on Thursday and a thorough search conducted of the premises by the federal police officers of the commercial crime unit and anti-money laundering unit.
Three apartments at Pavilion Residences, two of which belong to his children Norashman (Ashman) and Nooryana Najwa (known as Gina), were also searched, as were Najib’s former office at the Prime Minister’s Department and the official residence of the prime minister.
Harpal said Najib was disappointed with the indiscriminate manner his children’s personal belongings had been seized.
He said the police had made no attempts to verify whether the seized items were linked to the investigations.
“Those dresses seized from Najwa’s house, as well as shoes and baby clothes had nothing to do with the investigations. Both of them are not in any way linked with 1MDB or any of the companies being investigated.”
Harpal said Ashman’s personal belongings such as old mobile phones, iPads, and a laptop were seized and his assistant’s watches and laptop were also taken.
18 May 2018
SR reported RM1,154,000 paid for at one go for anti aging product – Two set of anti aging softgel product worth US$159,000 each. Paid for by M01 and his wife. Bloody hell I’d ask my money back since it clearly doesn’t work bruv
LIVE – In total, Bukit Aman commercial crime investigation department chief Amar Singh said police had conducted simultaneous raids at 6 locations, including the PM’s office, the ex-PM’s official residence, and Najib Razak’s private home.
After more than 24 hours since a vast police team descended onto the private residence of ousted prime minister Najib Abdul Razak on Jalan Langgak Duta, Kuala Lumpur, there seemed to be no end in sight with searches still ongoing.
Although several police vehicles have been observed leaving the area, several others remain parked out front.
Officers from Bukit Aman’s federal commercial crimes department are still believed to be combing through Najib’s house.
2.15am: Raja Chulan – Bukit Aman commercial crime investigation department chief Amar Singh Ishar Singh says police have seized 72 bags filled with jewellery, and cash of various currencies.
Police also seized 284 boxes of luxury handbags.
He says the units raided at the Pavilion Residences luxury condominium are under the name of a ‘Tan Sri’ whom he declined to name.
In total, Amar Singh says police conducted simultaneous raids at six locations, including the prime minister’s office, the ex-prime minister’s official residence, and Najib’s private home.
He adds police have no intention to harass anyone, but a search will take as much time as needed.
Police still can’t crack safe at Najib’s house
12.45pm: Langgak Duta – The police are still unable to open the safe, allegedly locked for two decades, in former premier Najib Abdul Razak’s house here.
This is according to Federal Territories Umno Youth chief Razlan Rafii who is just leaving the house.
“(Police) still can’t open it yet,” he says when asked whether the safe has been cracked open.
“Actually he (Najib) said that safe is very old, his child has used it for so long and has never opened it for twenty years.
Key Highlights of the raid at ex-PM Najib Razak linked premises:
– 72 bags of cash and jewellery,
– 284 boxes of handbags seized
– Police bring in five trucks at Pavilion Residences
– Black Maria leaves Najib’s mansion with one man and boxes
17 May 2018
Police seize handbags, other personal items from Najib’s home
Najib Razak’s lawyer says nothing incriminating was found, although police took ‘two or three’ boxes of personal possessions.
KUALA LUMPUR: Police seized handbags and few other personal items from the home of former prime minister Najib Razak in connection with a money laundering probe, a lawyer of the ex-leader said yesterday.
At least a dozen armed policemen entered Najib’s home yesterday after he returned from prayers at a mosque, Reuters witnesses said.
The search lasted for over six hours during which officers were seen taking large bags into the house and later loading them into a truck.
“The search is supposed to be under money laundering act… they found nothing incriminating,” Najib’s lawyer Harpal Singh Grewal told reporters who were camped outside the house.
He said the police took some personal possessions including a couple of handbags.
Najib lawyer: No charges, cops took personal items including bags
PETALING JAYA: No arrests have been made following the dramatic simultaneous searches of five locations linked to former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Najib’s lawyer Datuk Harpal Singh Grewal told the media at 4am on Thursday (May 17) that police had searched Najib’s house in Taman Duta.
He said the family were cooperative.
“No documents were taken, nothing of note, only personal possessions including bags.”
“We believe that the police, will take out two to three boxes of items,” he said to the press gathered outside Najib’s residence.
“It’s a big house so they had to search each room. That’s why it took so long.”
“There are no arrests now and no indication that there will be an arrest” he said.
No charges were mentioned, although Harpal believes that it could be under the money laundering act.
He also confirmed that police had also searched an apartment in KL.
Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/05/17/najib-lawyer-no-arrests/#1QgpE5Oc7WfBQjDB.99
15 May 2018
The week that Najib’s world fell apart
There was no hiding the fact: the Najib-led BN coalition that had run Malaysia for the six decades since its independence from Britain, had lost the election.
Voter anger over GST, as well as allegations of corruption that had swirled for years around Najib’s government, and the apparently lavish lifestyle of his wife, had finally taken its toll.
A consultant who was in Najib’s office as the reality of the defeat sank in said the prime minister was stunned. “When he knew that the numbers were not on his side, Najib broke down,” he said.
Explaining Najib’s shock on election night, one political strategist with ties to the now-defeated government said it was not unusual for him to be out of the loop when there were unwelcome developments.
“Najib lives in a bubble,” he said. His advisers “don’t accept others’ views,” he added. “They don’t listen to bad news.”
Najib’s removal, and the disarray in his camp during the campaign and the election, was pieced together from interviews with about a dozen political operatives and members of the ruling coalition and the opposition.
An official who worked on Najib’s campaign said his camp had been sure of victory several days before the vote.
That confidence sagged as election day loomed with mounting evidence that momentum was with the opposition.
Opinion polls showed that voters were angry over living costs after the introduction of the GST, but they were also disgusted by the allegations of corruption surrounding Najib.
A senior official in one of the opposition parties said that BN had been wrong to count on votes from the country’s majority ethnic Malays on the basis of the affirmative-action policies that benefit them.
That shortcoming was underlined by the large crowds turning out for rallies for the opposition’s Mahathir Mohamad, the 92-year-old former prime minister, in predominantly Malay areas that had long been bastions of support for the ruling coalition.
13 May 2018
What will happen to Najib now?
Finally, what will happen to Najib Razak? Will he go to jail for 1MDB and the missing billions? In the short term, the answer is “no”. The new government will not immediately arrest Najib or his wife. It will instead likely establish a committee to look into the 1MDB affair and get a definitive answer as to where the US$5billion disappeared to.
If the investigation panel shows Najib is behind the scam, then, yes, Najib will probably end up in jail. But this is a long process. It is more likely that any prosecution against Najib will start outside Malaysia.
Several governments, notably the US, are interested in sorting out the 1MBD issue. Thus far they could not complete their investigations because Najib used his position to stop Malaysian institutions from cooperating with the US Department of Justice’s probe into 1MDB.
There is a potential new angle to 1MDB, which is related to Australia. The bank account Najib used to launder 1MDB’s money is actually part-owned by ANZ Australia. Many believe some of the money from 1MDB passed through the Australian financial system.
JAMES CHIN is the inaugural director of the Asia Institute, University of Tasmania.
The views expressed here are those of the author/contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of Malaysiakini.
Polis mula mengawal laluan masuk ke kediaman rasmi bekas Perdana Menteri
@NajibRazak di Jalan Langgak Duta di sini hari ini
TRUE NEWS AND FAKE NEWS…
No condo raid, just checking CCTV, say police
KL police deny a Reuters report that their men raided a condominium in Bukit Bintang to look for sensitive documents.
KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur police have denied claims that police had raided the Pavilion Residences in Bukit Bintang as part of an investigation into a report alleging luxury items were stashed away in a condominium unit linked to the family of former prime minister Najib Razak.
“There was no raid. Police only came to take statements from the auxiliary police based there following a police report made on a video clip,” said city police chief Mazlan Lazim as quoted by Bernama.
He said police had come there to check CCTV recordings.
“The Reuters report is not true. Fake news,” he said.
Earlier, a police report filed by a member of PPBM alleged that vans bearing the logo of the Prime Minister’s Department had delivered boxes for 50 Birkin handbags to Pavilion Residences on Thursday.
Two photos accompanying the report showed a van with the department’s logo and a shopping trolley filled with orange boxes, although the photos could not be verified by FMT.
Police refute reports of raid at deluxe apartment resided by Najib’s relatives
KUALA LUMPUR: Police have refuted news reports claiming that they conducted on Saturday a raid at a deluxe apartment unit here belonging to a relative of former Prime Minister Datuk Najib Razak.
City police chief Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim told the New Straits Times Press that the report, which alleged that plainclothes policemen raided the home, was untrue.
“The police are investigating the (news) reports and claims linked to the former prime minister. But, we have not conducted any raids as claimed by several media agencies Saturday.
“We are in the midst of checking the veracity of some of these reports and are gathering information accordingly but the so-called raid at Pavilion Residences tonight is not true,” he said when contacted.
Mazlan said its was very irresponsible for media agencies to speculate or report an incident that had not taken place.
“Some of these reports published are not from credible sources. They probably heard it from a third party. It is not only unethical but is also an offence,” Mazlan added.
Police raid Bukit Bintang condo linked to Najib’s family
Police officers seen entering the Pavilion Residences apartment block in Kuala Lumpur, hours after a police report lodged over transfer of Birkin bags.
KUALA LUMPUR: Police have raided a Kuala Lumpur apartment block at which relatives of former prime minister Najib Razak had been staying, as they searched for sensitive documents the new government fears may be taken out of the country, two senior police officers said.
The swoop came as new prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he had stopped his predecessor from leaving the country because of suspected wrongdoing in connection with a multi-billion-dollar scandal at state fund 1MDB.
Police said they were acting after a complaint that a government vehicle had delivered dozens of boxes made to carry designer handbags and other items to the apartment for Najib’s wife, Rosmah Mansor.
Public disgust over alleged corruption was widely seen as one of the reasons behind the unexpected defeat of Najib’s long-ruling Barisan Nasional coalition (BN) in Wednesday’s general election.
Najib has consistently denied any wrongdoing.
A spokesman for Najib could not be immediately reached for comment. Reuters was unable to reach Najib himself, his wife, or other family members and close associates on Saturday night.
Reuters saw about 20 police officers enter the marble-floored lobby of the Pavilion Residences apartment block in Kuala Lumpur, just as Mahathir was holding a news conference to announce key members of his cabinet.
They were aided by at least a dozen other plainclothes law-enforcement officers. Security personnel from the building – which is owned by Desmond Lim, a wealthy Malaysian businessman and supporter of Najib – were cooperative.
“We are looking for government documents that may have been illegally taken,” said a senior police officer, who requested anonymity as he was not authorised to talk to the media.
“The government are worried they could be sensitive and important, and could be taken out of the country.”
He declined to say whether any documents had been found and described the operation as “ongoing”.
According to the police, members of Najib’s family had been staying at the apartments, but they declined to name them.
#AWANInews #HariIni8 Malaysian police raid apartments linked to ousted PM Najib’s family – Report http://www.astroawani.com/berita-malaysia/malaysian-police-raid-apartments-linked-ousted-pm-najibs-family-report-175295 …
Reuters have also managed to review the police report, thus confirming the contents of the police report made earlier today regarding the Birkin handbags. It also states that Rosmah’s name was on the consignee label. There were around 50 orange boxes:
The deluxe apartment is owned by a wealthy Najib supporter, Desmond Lim. Plainclothes officers were also part of the raiding team. Besides the handbags, they were also looking for sensitive documents:
PDRM so far yet to confirm the outcome of the raid. Najib’s family members frequents the apartments from time to time. As of right now we don’t have any identity of the family members.
12 May 2018
I have decided to step down as BN chairman and UMNO president : Mr Najib Razak
Saya telah dimaklumkan bahawa Jabatan Imigresen Malaysia tidak membenarkan saya dan keluarga ke luar negara. Saya menghormati arahan tersebut dan akan bersama keluarga dalam negara.
JUST IN : Umno no 2 Zahid Hamidi said Mr Najib will be chairing a supreme council meeting today and announce his decision after that. When asked whether mr Najib will stay on , “ no he won’t be staying “ that was his crisp answer
Najib to step down
Former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has confirmed that Umno president Najib Razak will be stepping down.
Former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has confirmed that Umno president Najib Razak will be stepping down.
After saying that Najib will be chairing the party’s supreme council meeting today, Zahid told reporters that “Najib would not be staying on” as president.
Najib ‘blacklisted’ from leaving Malaysia as angry crowd stands guard outside airport
SUBANG JAYA — Malaysian authorities barred ousted prime minister Najib Razak and his wife from leaving the country on Saturday (May 12), amid reports that the government was reopening investigations into a multi-billion-dollar graft scandal at a state fund he founded.
The order by immigration authorities came minutes after Najib said in a Facebook post that he and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, were taking a week-long holiday overseas to rest after his thumping defeat in Wednesday’s general election.
Earlier, an angry mob of about 100 people gathered at an airport near Kuala Lumpur from where Najib and his wife were reported to be leaving for the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, and tried to look into cars entering the complex.
“I’m here to catch the thief,” said a man in the crowd, as riot police stood on guard. There was no sign that Najib or Rosmah had come to the airport.
BREAKING: Former Malaysian PM Najib Razak says he has been informed that he and his family will not be allowed to leave the country. He has accepted the directive and will stay in Malaysia. STORY: https://bit.ly/2wBZQZg
UPDATE: The private flight for former PM Najib Razak and his wife that was supposed to depart for Jakarta at 10am has been cancelled pending further instructions, following the appearance of a mob earlier, a report has said. https://bit.ly/2wBZQZg
“SHORT BREAK”: A growing crowd of some 100 people have gathered outside Malaysia’s Subang International Airport following news that former PM Najib Razak is taking a short break. The police have deployed a light strike force. STORY: https://bit.ly/2jOqvc2
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#GE14 how surreal
Najib confirms he and Rosmah barred from leaving
Former premier says he will respect the order and remain in the country, after having planned a ‘short break’ overseas.
PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Najib Razak confirmed today that he and his wife Rosmah Mansor have been barred from leaving the country.
He said in a tweet: “I have been informed that the Immigration Department has not allowed me and my family to leave the country. I respect the order and will remain in the country with my family.”
The Immigration Department, had also said in a Facebook posting at 11.30am that Najib and Rosmah had just been placed on the blacklist of those barred from leaving the country.
The director-general of Immigration, Mustafar Ali, told Bernama: “Yes, confirmed (Facebook posting)… correct. That is the latest announcement from the Immigration Department.”
Now we have barred Najib, Rosmah, says Immigration Dept
n a new twist, the Immigration Department has now declared that they have “just now” blacklisted ousted prime minister Najib Abdul Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor.
The turnabout came more than two hours after Immigration Department director-general Mustafar Ali has told Malaysiakini that the duo were not blacklisted for the moment, after our checks of the department website in the early hours of the morning stated they were.
“Immigration Department wishes to confirm that Dato Sri Najib Tun Abdul Razak and Datin Sri Rosmah Mansor have just been blacklisted from leaving the country,” read the Department statement on Facebook.
Checks on their status with the Immigration Department’s Travel Status Enquiry System (SSPI), using their IC numbers now return the result “Sila rujuk ke pejabat imigresen terdekat” (Please refer to the nearest immigration office) in red letters.