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Malaysia police seize cash and luxury goods in Najib-linked raids

Police remove items from Najib Razak's residence in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (18 May 2018)Image copyrightEPA
Image caption Luxury handbags from Hermes and Louis Vuitton were among the items seized

Police in Malaysia say they have seized hundreds of boxes of luxury items and handbags full of foreign currency from properties linked to ex-PM Najib Razak.

The raids on properties across the capital, Kuala Lumpur, were related to investigations into state development fund 1MDB, they said.

Corruption claims against 1MDB were a major cause of Mr Najib’s election loss to his former ally, Mahathir Mohammad.

Billions of dollars are unaccounted for from the fund, which Mr Najib set up.

Mr Najib himself was alleged to have pocketed $700m (£517m), which he has always denied.

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