Cops to haul up Najib, Rosmah for commercial crime probe on 1MDB

Datuk Seri Amar Singh Ishar Singh speaks during a press conference at at the CCID headquarters in Kuala Lumpur this morning, September 28, 2018. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
Datuk Seri Amar Singh Ishar Singh speaks during a press conference at at the CCID headquarters in Kuala Lumpur this morning, September 28, 2018. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 28 — Investigators will summon former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor for interviews on possible commercial crimes related to the 1MDB corruption scandal, police confirmed today.

Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigations Department (CCID) director Commissioner Datuk Seri Amar Singh said that investigators require information from the couple to proceed.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim disclosed yesterday that investigators were far from done with investigating Najib and Rosmah, and could bring them in for questioning soon.

“We have recorded over 70-odd statements from various individuals, and we will also be calling Datuk Seri Najib in soon to record his statement,” he said during a press conference at the CCID headquarters this morning.

“Yes, she will also be called in to record her statements and identify the seized goods,” said Amar when asked if Rosmah would also be summoned by the police.

On May 18, CCID officers raided three units at Pavilion Residences linked to Najib and Rosmah, and their home on Jalan Langgak Duta in Taman Duta.

The raids resulted in a massive haul of 284 boxes filled with designer handbags as well as 72 luggage bags filled with watches, jewellery, gold bars and hard cash in various currencies.

Some 25 of those bags contained 12,000 items of jewellery, including rings and diamond earrings estimated to be worth around RM440 million.

Amar said these included 1,400 chains, 2,200 rings, 2,800 pairs of earrings and 14 tiaras. The most valuable piece of jewellery was a white diamond necklace estimated to cost RM6.4 million.

Police concluded that the final count of cash contained in 35 bags was a whopping RM114 million in 26 different currencies. Another half a million in cash was recovered from Najib’s home.

Amar also confirmed former 1MDB CEO Arul Kanda had been called in by police to have his statements concerning the embattled state wealth fund recorded by investigators.

“Yes I can confirm he was called in yesterday, which was the second time he has was summoned over,” Amar added.

Arul Kanda was hired as CEO in 2015, but had his contract cut short by several days when he was sacked in June this year.

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