Designer handbags, branded shoes, jewellery seized from house allegedly linked to ex-Malaysian PM Najib

Police loading boxes into a van during the raid on a house at Precinct 10 in Putrajaya.
Police loading boxes into a van during the raid on a house at Precinct 10 in Putrajaya.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Luxury items including designer handbags and branded shoes as well as jewellery were among items carted away by police from an unoccupied bungalow in Putrajaya allegedly connected to former Malaysian premier Najib Razak.

The house had been described by on online news sites as Datuk Seri Najib's "safe house".

 

According to a source, the items were similar to those seized from the former premier's official residence, but the items were slightly "outdated".

"The house was used like a storeroom, so the bags and shoes that were kept there were slightly older than those found in the previous raids," said the source.

It was learnt that police are still in the midst of figuring out the estimated value of the new haul of luxury goods after the two-hour raid on Monday (June 11).

The bungalow in Precinct 10 in Putrajaya, owned by the Property Management Division of the Prime Minister's Department, is located about 200m from Seri Perdana - the official residence of the prime minister.

The June 11 search is tied to investigations into state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), said the Criminal Investigation Department's Anti-Money Laundering division chief, Senior Assistant Commissioner Khalil Azlan Chik.

"We are looking into the money laundering aspect of the investigation," he said.

 

He declined to comment when asked whether other raids would be carried out. The police team also searched another house, which was located in Precinct 11.

The officers from the the division had combed the house on Monday to look for documents in connection with money laundering and misappropriation of funds.

Reporters who were at the site when police were there on Monday saw several boxes carted away in a white van.

Several properties linked to Datuk Seri Najib and his family have been raided in recent weeks in connection with the 1MDB probe.

Police said last month that about RM114 million (S$38.1 million) worth of cash was found in 35 bags seized from residential premises linked to him. Another 37 bags contained jewellery and watches were also seized with the value of these goods not calculated yet.