Former Malaysian PM Najib Razak and his wife banned from leaving country

Former PM Najib, wife banned from leaving Malaysia

Former PM Najib, wife banned from leaving Malaysia

"The immigration department has just now blacklisted Najib and Rosmah from leaving the country", Mustafar Ali, director-general of the immigration department, told AFP.

In a tweet (in Malay), he said he had been informed by the immigration authorities that he and his family would not be allowed to travel overseas. "I respect these instructions and will stay in the country together with the family", he said on Facebook.

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Saturday announced that he was stepping down as head of the Barisan Nasional coalition and its main party, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO).

Najib has denied wrongdoing and Malaysia's attorney-general has cleared him of any offence, saying the funds were a legitimate donation from the Saudi royal family.

In a series of earlier messages Saturday, Mr. Najib said he apologized "for any shortcomings and mistakes", but did not address the scandal at the fund, 1Malaysia Development Berhad, known as 1MDB, directly in his Twitter post on Saturday.

Dr Mahathir said he was instructing the auditor-general to remove any restrictions on publicising the details of a report from a local investigation into 1MDB, and planned to replace the attorney-general who helped Mr Najib keep the investigation contained, though he did not name a candidate for the role.

FORMER authoritarian ruler Mahathir Mohamad has been sworn in again as Malaysia's prime minister at the age of 92 - the first opposition election victory in six decades.

Former PM Najib, wife banned from leaving Malaysia

The National Front, which has ruled Malaysia since independent from Britain, obtained only 79 of the 222 parliamentary seats, losing power to Mahathir Mohamad's four-party alliance amid public anger over the 1MDB scandal and rising cost of living. Mahathir has said that if Najib were found to do something wrong, "he will have to face the consequences".

As a white van with heavily tinted windows attempted to pass, the crowd surrounded the vehicle and demanded to know who was inside. It was only allowed to pass after those inside rolled down a window to prove Najib was not in the van.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan congratulated Malaysia's new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in a phone call on Saturday.

"I take this opportunity to thank all Umno members who have supported and trusted me since I became president of the party".

Filings by the US Justice Department in a civil lawsuit indicated almost $30 million of the money stolen was used to buy jewellery for the prime minister's wife, Rosmah, including a rare 22-carat pink diamond set in a necklace.

Mahathir made the announcement at a press conference after a meeting attended by key PH leaders.

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