Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

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

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

Once seen as a potential future leader, he had been jailed on charges of sodomy and corruption after falling out with the government.

The ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition, for which PKR is the lead party, plans to make Anwar prime minister once he has successfully won a by-election for a parliamentary seat, making him eligible for the premiership.

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

To this day, Mahathir maintains he sacked Anwar following advice from the police, and that it was the courts who decided Anwar's fate - not him.

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

Anwar was a firebrand Islamist student activist before his entry into politics, and had served 20 months of jail time in the 1970s after being detained without trial for his activism.

Anwar sought to allay those concerns, saying he was not in a hurry to take over from Mahathir.

Mahathir said last week that there was enough evidence to investigate Najib's links to the 1MDB scandal, and had moved to prevent his predecessor from leaving the country. He was Mahathir's deputy in the 1990s but fell out with his mentor during the Asian financial crisis.

Having Anwar and ready to return to active politics "brings stability to the transition", and Weiss suggests that Mahathir may stay in place until a corruption investigation into Najib is underway and the reform process touted in his electioneering begins.

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1MDB is now under worldwide probes in at least six countries, including Switzerland and Singapore, over charges of money laundering and bribery.

Low, a friend of Najib's stepson Riza Aziz, had no official role at 1MDB but USA investigators say he had considerable influence over its dealings and was often in contact with Najib.

"In my case, we appealed (for pardon) because there was a miscarriage, travesty of justice, a conspiracy to condemn me and assassinate my political character".

The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland "is very much interested in renewing dialogue with the competent authorities in Malaysia" and "favours an exchange between partnering authorities at their earliest convenience", it said in an email sent Tuesday.

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USA investigators say Najib's associates stole $4.5 billion from the fund, some of which landed in Najib's bank account.

Mahathir, 92, and Anwar, 70, had put aside a longstanding rivalry to fight together to defeat Najib.

He said that Anwar, a former enemy turned ally, may be just a member of parliament for a while.

Barisan Nasional was toppled in part because of deep national disgust with former leader Najib Razak, who stands accused of presiding over the plundering of a state investment fund he established.

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Najib was cleared of wrongdoing by the attorney general in 2016 but Mahathir has said the official has been asked to go on leave and replaced.

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