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Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak claimed that Saudi Arabia will be taken by surprise following Malaysia's move to end the operations of the King Salman Centre for International Peace (KSCIP).

1MDB is under investigation in at least six countries including Singapore, Switzerland and the US.

The DoJ has sought to take custody of the Equanimity, after it was seized by Indonesia in February at the request of US authorities as part of a multi-billion dollar anti-kleptocracy investigation into 1MDB.

He added that the seizure was done at the initiative of the US Department of Justice, which asserted ownership of the yacht on behalf of Malaysia and 1MDB because monies "belonging to us" were used to purchase it.

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Luxury yacht Equanimity, linked to businessman Low Taek Jho, or Jho Low, arrived in Malaysia after making its way from Indonesia.

Low, who has so far evaded arrest, issued a statement through his USA attorney on Monday protesting the handover of the yacht as an "illegal act" for ignoring court proceedings in the United States. Low has urged the court to direct the US government to state efforts it has made to secure the vessel and to find out Malaysia's intentions by Aug 17.

"We believe the ship is owned by the Malaysian government because it was bought by Malaysian money that was stolen by certain parties", Mahathir said.

He said the Attorney-General's Chambers had invoked the Admiralty jurisdiction of the High Court of Malaya at Kuala Lumpur against the "Equanimity" yesterday.

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Thomas said the transfer of the yacht to Malaysia was accomplished through sensitive and delicate negotiations under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties (MLAs) between Indonesia, the United States and Malaysia.

"The Mahathir regime's illegal act today, ignoring court rulings in legal proceedings in the US and Indonesia, prove he has no interest in a fair and just process", he said in a statement Monday. This was followed by a warrant of arrest issued by Malaysia's High court on Monday that led to the handover, he said.

The Equanimity's lavish amenities include a helicopter landing pad, plunge pool, gymnasium and a cinema.

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