Ex-Malaysia PM Najib asks for witness protection from cops, claims life threatened over 1MDB scandal

Datuk Seri Najib Razak reportedly lodged a police report on May 18, 2018, at the Sentul police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. PHOTO: AFP

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak has requested to be placed under witness protection, claiming that his life is at risk.

Online portal Malay Mail reported that Datuk Seri Najib had lodged a police report on Friday (May 18) at the Sentul police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

In the report, Mr Najib said there was a clear threat on his life and those of his family members, adding that he had made a formal request to be put under witness protection.

Mr Najib had reportedly claimed that the threats were not only from Malaysia, but also overseas, and linked to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) state fund scandal.

He said the police personnel were at his residence for 18 hours and seized items belonging to him and his son, which he claimed had nothing to do with 1MDB.

The police report also stated that police had raided three condominiums at the posh Pavillion Residences in Kuala Lumpur, and seized jewellery, cash and other personal belongings he claimed was gifted to him by friends.

Mr Najib reportedly stated that the cash were donations meant for the election campaign of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, which he led prior to stepping down as its chairman following BN's shock defeat at the May 9 polls.

He also claimed that investigators who raided the properties failed to provide him with a list of seized items.

Mr Najib in his report stated that he only played an advisory role in 1MDB and was not involved in the decision-making process of the sovereign wealth fund.

Rather, the decisions on 1MDB deals were made by the board of directors and the management.

In the police report, he added that the RM2.6 billion(S$880 million) that was transferred to his personal account was a donation from the Saudi royal family.

Federal investigators have been diligently searching properties linked to Mr Najib, including the couple's private mansion in Taman Duta and condo units in Pavilion Residences, all in Kuala Lumpur.

The official residence of the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister's Office in Putrajaya are also being combed.

The confiscated items include several truckloads of boxes containing luxury Hermes, Chanel and Gucci handbags and suitcases with hard cash in various currencies.

Mr Najib has also been blacklisted from leaving the country by the Immigration Department.

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