Ex-PM lawyer says no docs seized in Malaysia police search

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A seven-hour police search of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s property as part of a money-laundering investigation being pushed by his successor did not find any incriminating documents, his lawyer said Thursday.

Najib’s lawyer Harpal Singh Grewal told The Associated Press that police seized several boxes of personal possessions including handbags and clothing. He said the search of Najib’s house and an upscale condominium in Kuala Lumpur that is occupied by his family was carried out under the anti-money laundering act.

New Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who pulled a stunning election victory last week that unseated Najib’s National Front coalition after 60 years in power, reopened a probe into a state investment fund that is being investigated abroad. Najib started the fund in 2009 and U.S. investigators say at least $4.5 billion was stolen and laundered by Najib’s associates, some of which landed in his bank account.

Mahathir said Wednesday that arrests will be made as soon as there is evidence and there’ll be “no deal” for Najib.

Najib has denied any wrongdoing but the raids fueled speculation his arrest may be imminent. He and his wife were barred from traveling overseas.

“He was calm and of course upset, but the whole family cooperated,” Grewal said of his client.

More than a dozen police vehicles arrived at Najib’s house late Wednesday shortly after he returned home from prayers at a nearby mosque. Grewal said that Najib’s house was filled with dozens of boxes as he had just moved out of the prime minister’s residence.

Grewal said the search lasted nearly seven hours and he didn’t know why there was still a large police presence outside Najib’s house on Thursday.

Police gave no indication that Najib, 64, will be arrested soon but Grewal added Najib will cooperate if he is summoned for questioning.

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