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Malaysia Seizes Najib’s ‘Rather Big’ Trove of Jewels and Handbags

Video posted by Star TV showed the police wheeling confiscated items in shopping carts and loading them into a truck outside the Pavilion Residences, a luxury condominium building in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital.

“We confiscated 284 boxes containing handbags,” Mr. Amar Singh told reporters as the police loaded the truck. “We also confiscated 72 luggage bags which contain cash of various denominations, jewelry and other valuables.”

Some luxury handbags can sell for $100,000 or more. It is unclear how many were in the boxes seized from the Pavilion apartments.

Malaysia Seizes Najib’s ‘Rather Big’ Trove of Jewels and Handbags
Malaysia Seizes Najib’s ‘Rather Big’ Trove of Jewels and Handbags

In a separate search of Mr. Najib’s house, the police seized 10 watches, most of them Rolexes, and 35 handbags of various brands, including Chanel, Gucci, Versace, Prada and Louis Vuitton.

Mr. Amar Singh said investigators had confiscated documents related to 1MDB from the former prime minister’s office during a separate search.

Mr. Najib’s lawyer, Harpal Singh Grewal, complained Thursday that the search of the residence was taking too long, and that the police were making too much noise by drilling through a safe for hours to open it.

“The search conducted in the premises and the items seized thus far would seem of insignificant value and the continued presence of police officers in his residence and the drilling of the old safe strongly suggests unwarranted harassment,” he said in a statement distributed to the news media.

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