Ousted Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been summoned by the anti-graft agency amid a probe into troubled state fund 1MDB, sources said on Friday, after police launched pre-dawn raids on premises linked to Najib and confiscated jewellery, luxury handbags and cash.
At about 8.30am, he said some officers went to a room and made a decision to drill open a safe.
"Nothing meaningful has come from the search", Mr Harpal added, making clear that Mr Najib had already indicated at the outset that he is willing to extend his full cooperation to the authorities. Najib has denied wrongdoing.
"This harassment has now continued for nearly 18 hours and nothing meaningful has come from the search and seizure of what would appear to be insignificant personal items", the lawyer said.
Najib Razak's lawyer, Harpal Singh, speaks to reporters outside the former Malaysian Prime Minister's personal residence.
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"The police have their standard operating procedure".
On Tuesday, new Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he expected Najib would be charged following allegations that the former prime minister siphoned off hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars from the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) fund. "I suppose the police have enough reasons to raid", he said.
"Our personnel checked these bags and discovered various currencies including; Malaysian ringgit and U.S. dollars; watches, and jewelry in 72 bags, " Singh said.
Asked about the searches at a press conference, Prime Minister Mahathir said it was a police matter in which he had little information. It is up to those conducting the investigations.
Since the 92-year old defeated Mr Najib's government in a shock election victory last week, he has barred his former protege from leaving the country; and police have searched Mr Najib's home and seized documents from his former office this week.
The summons by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) comes as part of a widening investigation into Najib.