Malaysia ex-pm’s wife pleads not guilty to money laun­der­ing

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Asean Focus -

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

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