Malaysian ex-PM Najib again dodges media after 3-hour police questioning

Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak arriving at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur, on Sept 20, 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - After being interviewed by the police's Commercial Investigation Department for three hours, former prime minister Najib Razak managed to avoid the press by heading straight to his car parked on one of the building's elevated parking levels.

Umno Supreme Council member Lokman Noor Adam said Najib left at about 1.05pm.

When asked why Najib did not want to meet the press, Datuk Lokman said: "You got to ask him about that."

"If there's any second session, we'll inform through Telegram (app)," Mr Lokman said when asked if Najib would be called to give more statements to the police.

The Umno leader said he was not able to meet Najib, as he was also being interviewed by the police elsewhere in the building, on other issues, at the same time as Najib.

The former premier had given waiting media the slip on Wednesday morning by arriving at the police station early.

Najib, who was expected to appear at the police's Anti-Money Laundering Investigation Force at 10am, arrived at 9.40am, via an alternative entrance.

The police had deployed riot control personnel at Menara KPJ, at the intersection of Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra and Jalan Tun Razak, in case of trouble.

Mr Lokman, with a small entourage of supporters, also made an appearance. He took the opportunity to slam the use of the Anti-Money Laundering Act, claiming it was being abused to pressure Umno leaders and MPs into leaving the party.

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