KUALA LUMPUR, May 17 — Investigators are trying to drill into a 20-year-old safe in former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s home after the key could not be located, said lawyer Datuk Harpal Singh Grewal.
Police have been at Najib’s mansion in Taman Duta here since last night as part of a larger investigation into 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
“The keys have been misplaced and this drilling has caused unnecessary mental distress to Najib’s family who were denied the right to conduct their religious obligations on the first day of Ramadan.
“The police have finished the major part of their searches, but they are now attempting to unlock this safe that has not been open for two decades and long before Najib became PM... God knows what’s in there,” he said to reporters outside Najib’s home today.
He also reiterated that police have only taken several boxes of apparel, handbags and gifts from the compound, and not any documents.
The lawyer further insisted that none of the seized items incriminated Najib or his family members in any wrongdoing.
“It is a normal search warrant to carry out a search in accordance with the Anti Money-Laundering Act,” he said.
Up to 60 police personnel arrived at Najib’s private residence on Jalan Langgak Duta intending to conduct a search at around 10pm yesterday.
Asked if Najib was under house arrest, he said no, and that Najib was free to come and go as he wishes.
“He is, however, very tired and upset at this incident and he has only been able to sleep for two or three hours since last night,” he said.
Police earlier turned away an Umno member, who told the press that authorities were preventing Najib from seeing visitors.
A Black Maria transporting at least 10 boxes of items believed to be personal belongings connected to an ongoing money-laundering probe left the property escorted by two police outriders and one police patrol car at around 4.45pm today.
The authorities have also cordoned off the roads leading to Najib’s private house in the upscale neighbourhood.
Federal Commercial Crime Investigations Department director Commissioner Datuk Amar Singh, when contacted earlier, said a press conference will be held after the completion of all searches.
He declined to comment further.