Najib Asks To Be Placed Under Witness Protection As He Fears His Life Is At Risk

According to Najib's sources, the threats against him come from outside of Malaysia as well as within the country.

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In the ongoing probe into the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal, former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has asked police to place him under witness protection due to concern that his life and his family's lives are in danger

Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak during an interview with Malay Mail on 19 May.

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In the police report sighted by Malay Mail, Najib wrote that his sources revealed to him that the threats to him and his family come from people who were linked to 1MDB funds internationally as well as within the country.

He lodged the police report at the Sentul police headquarters on Friday, 18 May.

Najib was quoted as saying that police spent 18 hours at his Bukit Bintang residence a day after GE14, seizing items belonging to him and his son which had no connection to 1MDB

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He also reported that the items seized during the raids at at the three luxury condominiums were gifted to him by friends, while the cash found were donations meant for the Barisan Nasional (BN) election campaign.

The former prime minister also reported that the police failed to provide him with an itemised list of what had been seized.

In the report, Najib allegedly maintained that the RM2.6 billion transferred to his personal account in the 1MDB scandal was a donation received from the Saudi royal family

Najib also maintained that he only played an advisory role in 1MDB, and was not privy to decision making processes of the board of directors and the management.

Najib is currently being investigated under Section 4(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act (AMLATFA) 2001

He faces a maximum of 15 years imprisonment and a fine of no less than five times the sum or value of the proceeds of an unlawful activity or instrumentalities at the time of the offence, or RM5 million, depending on which is higher.

On Thursday, a massive haul of luxury items were found during a raid at three of Najib's luxury condominium units:

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