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Malaysia ex-PM says seized items gifts, value inflated

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AP Kuala Lumpur
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says a huge haul of jewellery and valuables seized by police from properties linked to him as part of a money-laundering probe were mostly gifts and the police valuation was likely grossly inflated.
Police yesterday estimated the total value of cash, jewellery, watches and handbags to at least USD 273 million, calling last month's seizure the biggest in Malaysia's history.
Police say the items comprise 12,000 pieces of jewellery, 567 handbags, 423 watches and 234 sunglasses. The jewellery includes 2,200 rings, 1,400 necklaces, 2,100 bracelets, 2,800 pair of earrings, 1,600 brooches and 14 tiaras.
Najib said today the estimate based on current prices was unrealistic and inflated as the items were gifts given over decades.

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First Published: Jun 28 2018 | 2:56 PM IST

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