Malaysia ex-leader seeks police protection amid graft probe

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak gestures during his speech at United Malays National Organization (UMNO) building in Pekan, Malaysia. (AP)
Updated 20 May 2018
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Malaysia ex-leader seeks police protection amid graft probe

PEKAN, Malaysia: Malaysia’s national news agency is reporting that former Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is under investigation for a massive corruption scandal, has sought police protection over concern about his family’s safety.
Najib’s long-ruling coalition suffered a shocking defeat in May 9 elections amid anger over at least $4.5 billion that investigators say was looted and laundered by Najib’s associates from a state investment fund he set up.
The new government has reopened an investigation into the case, with police raiding Najib’s properties and seizing cash, jewelry and other valuables.
A spokesman for Najib told the Bernama news agency Sunday that Najib had asked “for protection for himself and his family as they fear for their safety.” He didn’t give details.
Najib’s main aide said he couldn’t immediately comment.


Silent on Cohen, Trump says Manafort conviction ‘a disgrace’

Updated 5 min 26 sec ago
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Silent on Cohen, Trump says Manafort conviction ‘a disgrace’

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump says the conviction of his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort on financial crimes is “a disgrace.”
But he hasn’t publicly reacted to former personal attorney Michael Cohen’s guilty pleas to felonies, including campaign finance violations he stated he carried out in coordination with Trump.
Manafort was convicted Tuesday in Virginia on charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and potential obstruction of justice. Cohen pleaded guilty in New York, saying he and Trump arranged the payment of hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels and a former Playboy model to influence the election.
Trump told reporters in West Virginia that Manafort’s conviction “has nothing to do with Russian collusion.” Of Manafort’s crimes, he says: “It doesn’t involve me.”