Malaysian police nab former Umno leader over 1MDB reports

Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan was arrested by police at his home late on Friday.
Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan was arrested by police at his home late on Friday.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK)- A former Umno leader who has lodged police reports against the troubled 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) has been arrested by Malaysian police (Sept 18) after being barred from leaving the country.

Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan, the former Umno vice chief for the Batu Kawan area in Penang, was arrested by police at his home late on Friday (Sept 18).

His lawyer, Matthias Chang, confirmed that Khairuddin was taken to the Dang Wangi police station in Kuala Lumpur from his house.

Khairuddin, who previously lodged two police reports against 1MDB, had been due to travel overseas to submit evidence to authorities probing 1MDB.

Khairuddin said he had been asked to report to police next Monday for his statement to be recorded over documents he submitted on 1MDB to the Attorney-General of Switzerland.

Earlier in the day, Khairuddin was barred from leaving for New York and London, claiming on Facebook that he was also blacklisted from travelling on orders from the police.

Chang was also blacklisted, according to Khairuddin.

Khairuddin has lodged police reports on 1MDB in Singapore, Switzerland, France and Hong Kong.

He was sacked from his position in February following his reports against 1MDB.