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Thursday, 17 May 2018 | MYT 12:00 AM

Police search Najib’s home

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have searched the private residence of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in Taman Duta and four other sites as part of an ongoing probe.

Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigations Department director Comm Datuk Seri Amar Singh confirmed the search, which was conducted at five locations linked to or belonging to Najib.

“Yes, police officers were present at the residence of the former PM to conduct a search,” he was quoted as saying by Astro Awani.

Comm Amar said later it was not a raid but merely a search for evidence in relation to an ongoing investigation.

However, he declined to elaborate on details of the search.

Besides Najib’s house in Jalan Langgak Duta, Taman Duta, sources said the other locations searched were Seri Perdana, two units at Pavilion Residences and the Prime Minister’s Office.

The Taman Duta residence came into the public spotlight when 16 police cars and one truck were seen outside shortly after 10.30pm.

Earlier, at 10pm, Najib had tweeted photographs of himself with other worshippers praying at the Kampung Baru Mosque on the eve of Ramadan.

After word of the increased police presence spread, news portals, including The Star Online, put up temporary live video feeds from the scene.

A large crowd of curious onlookers gathered, mingling with the media and shooting videos of their own on smartphones.

Police put up yellow tape to cordon off the area.

Najib’s press secretary Datuk Seri Tengku Sariffuddin Tengku Ahmad was seen at the scene at about 11pm.

According to Berita Harian, Najib’s lawyer Datuk Hasnal Rezua Merican was also seen at the residence at around the same time.

Sentul deputy OCPD Supt Mohamed Rafiq Mohamed Mustafa was spotted leaving the compound of the Taman Duta residence at that time.

When he returned about two hours later, pressmen tried to get details from him but he only said: “Wait and see.”

By about 1am, the situation was quiet and mostly pressmen remained in the area.

However, the police vehicles were also still there at press time.