Malaysian police raid apartments linked to ousted PM Najib's family

Malaysian police raid apartments linked to ousted PM Najib's family

Ahead of the 70-year-old leader's release, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who has had a topsy-turvy relationship with his protégé-turned-rival-turned-ally, said the development will not bring immediate changes to the power structure of his five-day-old government.

Mahathir said that whether Najib would serve time in prison would depend on the results of an investigation. During his previous 22-year term...

The country's constitutional king Muhammad V last week agreed to grant Anwar a full pardon after a request from Pakatan Harapan leaders.

Arul Kanda, chief executive officer of 1MDB, and Najib's former aide, Abdul Razak Baginda, were also barred from traveling overseas, according to the sources who requested anonymity and said they were not authorized to speak to the media. The firebrand politician was convicted of sodomy a second time in 2015, this time as his opposition alliance was making gains on the long-ruling coalition.

The 92-year-old prime minister in the report said Anwar could be given a seat in the cabinet once he was re-elected to parliament.

"[In] an initial stage, maybe lasting one or two years, I will be prime minister", Mahathir told a Wall Street Journal conference in Tokyo via video link.

"I will play a role in the background even when I step down".

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Meanwhile, Anwar's wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail sought to dispel suggestions her husband wanted immediate power in the first place. His wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who heads Anwar's party, is now the new deputy prime minister. He has been in hospital for a few months recovering from a shoulder operation. Mahathir fired Anwar in the late 90s and oversaw his first jail conviction. The police action followed a complaint lodged by two leaders of the youth wing of Mahathir's political party, Bersatu.The police report of the complaint, reviewed by Reuters, alleges that vans emblazoned with the logo of the department of the prime minister and cabinet delivered boxes for 50 Birkin handbags to Pavilion Residences on Thursday evening.The report alleged that the boxes showed the name of the consignee as Rosmah Mansor. He also announced his coalition partner Anwar Ibrahim's release from jail.

The movement provided a much-needed ballast to the languishing opposition, which Anwar careened into a potent force.

In an astonishing U-turn a year ago, Anwar shook hands with Mahathir and agreed to join forces to oust scandal-tainted Najib.

Mahathir crossed aisles because he felt it was untenable to support Najib as premier following widespread allegations of his involvement in the 1MDB scandal.

Swiss prosecutors said Tuesday they wanted to start talks with investigators in Malaysia as soon as possible to better coordinate various criminal probes into the sprawling case. "If there is no case against him, we don't go for detention without trial", Dr Mahathir was quoted as saying in the report. "On that basis, we gave him a holiday".

Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho has been ordered by a U.S. court to turn over his $250 million yacht "Equanimity" to the U.S. authorities who plan to sail it from Indonesia and sell it in the U.S. The yacht is among more than $1.5 billion in assets that the U.S. claims Low and his accomplices acquired with money they siphoned from 1MDB.

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