So much for Malaysia’s wonderfully peaceful transition of power

Kuala Lumpur:

Police on Saturday raided a deluxe Kuala Lumpur apartment block at which relatives of ousted Prime Minister Najib Razak had been staying as they searched for sensitive documents the new government fears may be taken out of the country, two senior police officers said.

The swoop came as Malaysia’s new Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad, said he had stopped his predecessor from leaving the country because of suspected wrongdoing in connection with a multi-billion-dollar scandal at state fund 1MDB.

Two mainstays of world political news are politicians engaging in massive corruption and politicians prosecuting their predecessors for corruption (whether they did it or not).

Originally posted on May 12, 2018.

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