KUALA LUMPUR: Police have confiscated 284 handbags, Hermes and Birkin brands among them, and 72 luggage bags containing cash and jewellery in an operation at three luxury apartments in Bukit Bintang here tonight, part of investigations linked to 1Malaysia Development Berhad.
Five Black Maria lorries were needed to cart away all the seized goods.
Bukit Aman Commercial CID director, Amar Singh, said he could not yet give an estimate of the value of the confiscated goods. He confirmed that among the luxury bags confiscated were Hermes and Birkin bags, which can cost as much as US$12,000 onwards.
Besides the check at three apartments at Pavilion Residences, simultaneous operations were being carried out at the Prime Minister’s Office, the official residence of the Prime Minister, and four homes of former prime minister Najib Razak.
The apartments at Pavilion Residences were unoccupied at the time and police met no obstructions to the raid. Amar said one unit was registered under the name of a “Tan Sri”, but he declined to divulge more details including whether the other two units checked belonged to the same Tan Sri.
“We will make an announcement soon on the details of the items confiscated once we go through them.”
The police finished their operation at Pavilion Residences just before 2am.
On the checks at other areas, Amar said only documents were confiscated from the Prime Minister’s Office, while police were still trying to open a safe at Najib’s private home at Langgak Duta.
Najib’s lawyer said yesterday that the safe had been locked for 20 years and police had been trying to get it open by “drilling and hacking” at the safe all day.
The investigations come after prime minister Dr Mahathir Mahathir said on Tuesday that he expected charges to be filed against Najib. The former prime minister and his wife Rosmah Mansor have been barred by the immigration officials from leaving the country.