72 bags of cash and valuables, 284 boxes of designer handbags seized at Pavilion Residences unit
KUALA LUMPUR: Police have confiscated 72 bags containing cash and valuables, and 284 boxes of designer hangbags in a raid at a unit in Pavilion Residences Apartment, Bukit Bintang here last night.
Bukit Aman's Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Datuk Seri Amar Singh said the seizure was part of an operation that started on Wednesday, in connection with an ongoing probe into 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
Some of the boxes seized by police at the Pavilion Residents in Jalan Raja Chulan. Pic by LUQMAN HAKIM ZUBIR
He said police have since Wednesday raided six premises around Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, including the Prime Minister's Office, the official residence of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and four private residences link to him.
One of the police trucks loaded with boxes seen parked at the lobby of the Pavilion Residents. Pic by LUQMAN HAKIM ZUBIR
"This is one of the three premises at the Pavillion Residences Apartment being checked by the CCID," he said, adding that the total value of the seizures are still being calculated.
"We don't have the details on the total amount. A lot," he said, not discounting the possibility of similar operation in the next few days.
Several luggage being loaded by policemen at the Pavilion Residents in Jalan Raja Chulan. Pic by LUQMAN HAKIM ZUBIR
It is learned that among the items confiscated are Birkin by Hermès handbags.
When asked about the owner of the unit, Amar declined to elaborate saying only that it belonged to a "Tan Sri".
He also declined to reveal if the three units raided belonged to the same person.
Bukit Aman CCID director Datuk Seri Amar Singh gestures as members of the media wait near the Pavilion Residents in Jalan Raja Chulan. Pic by LUQMAN HAKIM ZUBIR
Meanwhile, on allegation that the long police search in Jalan Langgak Duta has caused mental distress and anguish to Najib's family and constitutes harassment, Amar said police have no intention of harassing anyone.
"Our motive is not to harass anyone... We are professional and I have told the CCID men to act professionally while doing their job." he said.
Amar clarified that the operation is part of a high-profile case and they needed sufficient time to conduct their investigation.
He assured that his officers carried out their duties with care and also denied there had been interference during the investigation. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd