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Malaysia

Rosmah Mansor, wife of disgraced former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, charged with taking US$45 million in bribes

  • Najib and his wife, who has faced criticism for her extravagant lifestyle, are at the centre of a wide-ranging corruption investigation
  • Since his election defeat in May, Najib has been charged with 38 counts of graft. Last month his wife was charged with 17 money laundering offences
PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 November, 2018, 4:44pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 November, 2018, 4:54pm

Malaysia on Thursday accused Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former Prime Minister Najib Razak, of soliciting and receiving bribes involving a sum of 189 million ringgit (US$45.16 million) from a company pitching for a government project.

Najib and his wife, who has faced criticism for her extravagant lifestyle, are at the centre of a wide-ranging corruption investigation launched by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who was returned to power by a stunning election victory in May.

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Prosecutors who charged Rosmah with two counts of corruption said the payments concerned a 1.25-billion-ringgit (US$299 million) solar project in schools in Malaysia’s eastern state of Sarawak, on the island of Borneo.

She pleaded not guilty to both the charges.

Prosecutors said Rosmah sought a bribe of 187.5 million ringgit (US$45 million) in 2016 from an executive of Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd, and received a bribe of 1.5 million ringgit (US$358,000) from the official the following year.

A spokeswoman for Jepak Holdings declined to comment on the matter.

Since his election defeat, Najib has been charged with 38 counts of graft, mostly over a multibillion-dollar corruption scandal at state fund 1Malaysian Development Berhad (1MDB). Rosmah was last month charged with 17 money laundering offences.

Najib and Rosmah have pleaded not guilty to all charges.