Malaysia ex-pm’s wife pleads not guilty to money laundering
THE wife of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najjib Razak pleaded not guilty Thursday to laundering illegal proceeds linked to the graft scandal at the 1MDB state investment fund that led to her husband’s shocking electoral loss.
Rosmah Mansor was charged with 12 counts of receiving proceeds from unlawful activities totalling nearly 7.1 million ringgit (K2.61 billion) in her bank account between 2013 and 2017. Another five counts against her allege she failed to declare taxes on the money she received.
The charges sheets didn’t mention 1MDB or where the allegedly illegal proceeds originated. But Rosmah was arrested by the anti-graft agency Wednesday after being questioned a third time over alleged theft and money laundering at the 1MDB fund.
Rosmah claimed trial and was released on bail. The court will fix the trial date later. If convicted, Rosmah would face between five and 15 years in prison and possible fines for each charge.
Her husband Najib also appeared in court Thursday for the management of his own trial over the 1MDB scandal. He has pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of money laundering, corruption, abuse of power and criminal breach of trust and is to face trial next year. The couple smiled and waved at reporters but didn’t speak as