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Former PM Najib, wife banned from leaving Malaysia: Immigration chief

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    Agence France-Presse

Kuala Lumpur | Sat, May 12, 2018 | 12:45 pm
Former PM Najib, wife banned from leaving Malaysia: Immigration chief In this file photo taken on April 28, 2018, Malaysia's then-Prime Minister Najib Razak (left) and his wife Rosmah Mansor (right) wave as they arrive at the nomination centre to hand over election documents in Pekan. Malaysia's scandal-hit former prime minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor were on May 12, 2018 banned from leaving the country, the immigration chief said, after the shock election loss of Najib's coalition. (AFP/Mohd Rasfan)

Malaysia's scandal-hit former prime minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor were Saturday banned from leaving the country, the immigration chief said, after the shock election loss of Najib's coalition.

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

Najib said in a tweet: "I have just been informed by the immigration department of Malaysia that my family and I are not allowed to go abroad. I respect the decision and I will remain in the country with my family."

The travel ban came as speculation mounted that Najib and Rosmah, a hugely unpopular figure due to her reported love of luxury shopping trips, were about to board a flight to fly to Indonesia. 

Najib had earlier tweeted he was going to take a "short break". An angry crowd had descended on an airport near Kuala Lumpur where the couple had been expected to leave from, in a bid to stop them from departing. 

After his defeat, speculation mounted the pair might flee the country as former strongman premier Mahathir Mohamad, who beat him in the elections, has pledged to probe a massive scandal in which Najib is implicated concerning the theft of billions of dollars of state funds.

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