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Police search Najib's home

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The new government of Mahathir Mohamad is looking for evidence of wrong-doing. BLOOMBERG

Police searched the home of Malaysia's scandal-tainted former premier yesterday, a foray that his lawyer called harassment, as the new government pressed forward with probes into a massive graft scandal after seizing power in historic elections.

Police arri ving in a dozen vehicles converged on the home of corruption-tainted Najib Razak in Kuala Lumpur beginning late on Wednesday, drawing crowds of journalists and onlookers.

A lawyer for Najib said officers were searching the home and a separate apartment in a money-laundering probe. The search continued yesterday.

The new government headed by 92-year-old former premier Mahathir Mohamad, who secured a stunning election victory last week, has vowed to probe allegations that Najib oversaw the looting of a sovereign wealth fund.

    But Najib 's lawyer Harpal Singh Grewal said his client, 64, viewed the search as harassment. "The police just took some handbags and some clothes," Harpal said.

    His mention of handbags prompted snickering on Malaysian social media. Najib's wife Rosmah Mansor is ridiculed over her reported penchant for jet-set overseas shopping trips and vast collection of designer handbags, clothing and jewelry, all symbolic - critics say - of the ousted government's lack of concern for struggling citizens.

    Harpal said the house contained only personal belongings, though police also were attempting to open a safe, the key for which had been lost.

    AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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