Handbags stuffed with cash, a number of jewellery items and hundreds of expensive purses were among the items seized from apartment units and homes owned by former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s family, during the second night of police raids in Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysia’s Star Online newspaper reported on Friday that 284 boxes filled with luxury items were seized from three condominium properties located in a highrise building in the country’s capital.
The operation on Thursday night was part of a continuing investigation ordered by newly-installed Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Najib.
Al Jazeera’s Florence Looi, reporting from Kuala Lumpur, said the raids were still going on Friday, adding that six locations were searched.
She reported that investigators are also trying to unlock a safety deposit box, which Najib reportedly said could not be opened because the key has been missing.
In one of the properties, investigators took boxes of Hermes Birkin bags and loaded them into five police trucks, according to Singapore’s Straits Times.
Our correspondent said that the Hermes bags cost anywhere between tens of thousands of US dollars up to $200,000 each.
Police also seized at least 72 bags filled jewellery, watches as well as cash of various denominations, according to the report.
Aman Singh, a senior police investigator overseeing the raids, was quoted as saying that the number of jewellery “is rather big”. He said that investigators are still trying to determine the total sum worth of the seized items.
Najib, who is prevented by the new government from leaving the country, is being investigated by the new government of Mahathir over a corruption scandal at the state-owned investment fund, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), from which officials are alleged to have stolen more than $4.5bn.