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THE 220 MILLION DOLLARS IN JEWELS AND IN CASH SEIZED TO MALASIAN FORMER PRIME MINISTER

Bangkok / Former Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak, investigated for corruption, kept in half a dozen apartments owned luxury goods and cash worth between 900 and 1,1 billion ringgit or what is the same between 220 and 273 million of dollars or between 192 or 234 million euros and all this has been requisitioned by the police.

“This is the biggest seizure in the history of Malaysia,” said Amar Singh Ishar Singh, head of the Commercial Crimes Investigation Department of the Police (CCID), according to “Channel News Asia.”

According to the data provided, the Police has seized more than 12,000 pieces of jewellery: 2,800 pairs of earrings, 2,200 rings, 1,400 necklaces and 14 tiaras, among other jewellery, valued by the authorities in 440 million ringgit, 109 million dollars or 93 millions of euros.

On the properties of the former minister, 72 bags of luxury brands, hundreds of watches and sunglasses and gold bullion were found, and the police officers also seized cash in hand from 26 countries, which together amount to 116 million ringgit, about 29 million dollars or 25 million euros.

The police operation began after Najib lost his position in the May 9 elections. About the former minister, there are several suspicions of corruption offences, including the alleged deviation of 681 million dollars from the 1MDB state fund to his personal accounts, revealed by journalistic information.

In addition to Kuala Lumpur, half a dozen countries – among them the United States, Switzerland or Singapore – continue with the investigations linked to the alleged embezzlement of the Malaysian state fund that the US Department of Justice figures at 4,500 million dollars, of which some 1,000 million would have been laundered in the US with the purchase of real estate, yachts, jewellery and works of art, among others.

1MDB was created in 2009 by former Prime Minister Najib Razak and chaired by it until 2016 to attract foreign investment and create a financial district in Kuala Lumpur, but ended up accumulating losses of 42,000 million ringit (about 9,000 million dollars). (June 27, 2018, EFE/Practica Español)

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Question 1
En el texto se dice que...    
A
la policía malasia ha devuelto unos objetos al exprimer ministro.
B
es posible que la policía malasia registre alguna de las viviendas de un exprimer ministro.
C
la policía de Malasia ha incautado unos bienes al exprimer ministro del país.
Question 2
Los objetos incautados...  
A
carecen de valor.
B
son muy valiosos.
C
no valen mucho dinero.
Question 3
Según la noticia, este exprimer ministro...  
A
está siendo investigado por posibles delitos de corrupción.
B
ha pedido que se abra una investigación policial.
C
demostró ser inocente ante las sospechas que había hacia él.
Question 4
Según el texto, en varias viviendas de Razak...  
A
se encontraron miles de artículos de joyería.
B
apenas se encontraron joyas.
C
se encontraron millones y millones de joyas.
Question 5
En el texto se dice que...  
A
las operaciones policiales terminaron justo cuando Razak decidió abandonar el cargo.
B
las operaciones policiales comenzaron cuando Razak dejó de ser primer ministro.
C
las operaciones policiales empezaron antes de que Razak fuera primer ministro.
Question 6
Varios países están también investigando a Razak.  
A
No se sabe.
B
Falso.
C
Verdadero.
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