Published: Thu, October 04, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Wife of ex-Malaysian leader charged with money laundering

Wife of ex-Malaysian leader charged with money laundering

The wife of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was charged with 17 offences, including money-laundering, as anti-corruption agents investigate billions of dollars missing from state coffers.

Bail was set at RM2 million, of which RM500,000 must be paid on Thursday and the balance before or by Oct 11.

The charges will cover infringements of a law against money laundering and other unlawful activities.

Najib, dressed in a blue suit, arrived at the court in a Proton Perdana auto.

She was brought straight from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters in Putrajaya.

The prosecution asked the court to bar her from contacting witnesses, lead prosecutor Gopal Sri Ram telling the court Rosmah "had approached a witness with a request to give a statement in her favour".

It is the first time in Malaysia's history that the wife of a former prime minister has been charged.

Former Malaysian PM Najib Razak seen here with his wife Rosmah Mansor has been accused of pilfering a vast sum from the 1MDB development fund before his shock poll defeat in May
Former Malaysian PM Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor before his shock poll defeat in May 2018

Rosmah was allowed to post bail of two million ringgit ($480,00) and ordered to surrender her passport.

Her arrest follows three rounds of questioning by anti-graft officials over state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), from which USA authorities say more than US$4.5 billion was misappropriated. He has denied any wrongdoing. "There were many reports of her making political decisions on behalf of her husband", he told Al Jazeera.

"A person of her (Rosmah's) standing should not be in the dock in the first place", Gopal argued, adding that Rosmah is capable of paying the RM10 million bail.

Najib, who was here at the High Court for his own case mention involving seven charges over RM42 million funds belonging to a former 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) unit, met Rosmah at the Sessions Court after her court proceedings ended.

In the case involving Rosmah, investigators believe funds from SRC may have been used to purchase more than RM1 million worth of hormone-based anti-ageing products from the United States.

Her arrest follows three rounds of questioning by anti-graft agents over state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), from which USA authorities say more than US$4.5 billion (S$6 billion) was misappropriated.

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