Police raid home of former Malaysian PM Najib Razak

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One week after Najib Razak's surprise election loss in Malaysia, police have raided the former Prime Minister's home and other places linked to him.

Najib has consistently denied any wrongdoing.

Najib's lawyer Harpal Singh Grewal says they didn't find anything incriminating, "just some personal possessions, couple of handbags, some presents, things like that".

A photo of Najib sleeping on a couch went viral, prompting criticism of the raid.

Police said that the search was not over.

However, Eric Paulsen, executive director of Lawyers for Liberty, said: "This is a real crime, involving billions in public funds, not some frivolous social media or sedition comments that led to a house raid".

Asked about the searches at a press conference, Prime Minister Mahathir said it was a police matter in which he had little information.

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As a result of the surveillance, Najib and his wife have been barred from leaving the country for now.

Since coming to power, Mahathir has removed the attorney general who cleared Najib of offence, replaced head of the anti-corruption head and declassified an 1MDB financial report.

A declassified document compiled by Gani revealed a complex network of worldwide money laundering involving sums much larger than previously thought.

Mahathir has said there is sufficient evidence to investigate the 1MDB scandal. The department had seized assets bought with the 1MDB funds, including Van Gogh paintings, jewelry and properties in NY.

"At the same time, I hope that such actions also take into account that until today, Dato" Sri Najib, a former prime minister, has served the country immensely since becoming a "wakil rakyat' since he was 22, has not been charged in court and thus, should be accorded the appropriate treatment in line with the principle "innocent until proven guilty" which I am sure is also shared by Pakatan Harapan, who have been championing democracy all this while".

Police confirmed that no arrests have been made and there was no indication that there will be an arrest.