On the eve of Ramadhan, heavy police presence at Najib’s home sparked a media frenzy.
Less than hour after former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak tweeted photos of him performing tarawikh prayer at Kg Baru Mosque, more than a dozen police cars and a police truck were seen outside his residence.
Accompanied by outriders, Najib had left his Jalan Langgak Duta home sometime after 8pm for the mosque and returned around 9.50pm.
The police cars and Black Maria, which is used to transport detainees, arrived at Najib’s house at around 10.15pm.
Most members of the media rushed to the scene at about 10.30pm but were prevented from approaching the residence.
Reportedly, a team of police officers from a specially-formed unit to investigate the 1MDB scandal were raiding the premises.
A man who claimed to be Najib’s lawyer but declined to be named was seen entering the compound of the house just after 11pm.
Some 20 minutes later, Najib’s press aide Tengku Shariffuddin Tengku Ahmad arrived.
Although the police had arrived at around 10.15pm, apparently they only started the search of the house an hour later after the arrival of Najib’s lawyer.
At 11.30pm, Bernama reported another team of police officers arrived at Pavilion Residences and conducted a simultaneous search at two units of condominiums linked to Najib’s family at the exclusive Pavilion Residences.
According to reports, police have searched five locations linked to Najib.
Besides his Taman Duta house and two condos at Pavilion KL, the other two locations are believed to be Sri Perdana and the Prime Minister’s Office.
Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigations Department director Comm Datuk Seri Amar Singh reportedly insisted it was not a raid but merely a search for evidence in an ongoing probe, believed to be 1MDB. However, he declined to elaborate on what it is that they were searching for.
It was said that the search was conducted under the Anti-Money Laundering Act.
Earlier, a police truck was spotted carrying boxes believed to be used to store any evidence seized.
At about 2am this morning, police officers were seen carrying some items out of Pavilion Residences.
The search at the Taman Duta residence is still ongoing at 9.30am on May 17.
Earlier report: May 16, Curious Goings On at Najib’s Home