KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 – The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) seized 72 bags containing cash in various currencies and a “rather big amount” of jewellery at luxury condominiums in Jalan Raja Chulan here this morning, believed to be linked to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) involving former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Datuk Seri Amar Singh Ishar Singh said another 284 boxes containing various luxury branded bags were also seized. He said the value of the seized goods could not be ascertained as yet as the seizures were massive, adding the police would make a detailed inspection later today to determine the value.
“The CCID has inspected six premises related to the 1MDB investigations. They include the Prime Minister’s Office, the former prime minister’s official residence in Taman Duta, and four other properties belonging to him,” he told a press conference after checking the condominiums here early today.
Amar Singh said among the seized handbags were Birkin and Hermès brands. Birkin bags start at US$12,000 (RM48,000) and can go beyond US$200,00 (RM800,000) each. On the raids at the five other locations, he said among the goods seized were documents which were believed to be linked to the 1MDB and the raids would go on till the completion of the investigations.
Asked whether the goods were sufficient evidence to prosecute Najib, he said the decision was up to Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun. “I only received orders to conduct the raids with regard to the 1MDB case,” he added.