Wife of former Malaysian PM Najib charged with money laundering

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The first 12 charges involved deposits to a single bank account belonging to her from 2013-2017 totalling more than seven million ringgit, and the five other charges were for dodging taxes on the deposits.

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, 93, who came back from retirement to challenge Najib, has launched a crackdown against corruption involving people in the previous government.

She was slapped with multiple counts of money-laundering charges framed under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

After the court was adjourned on Thursday morning, Rosmah walked out of the courtroom before the judge even exited the dock.

She must pay RM500,000 by today, and the remaining RM1.5 million will need to be paid by 11 October.

Nooryana Najwa, in an Instagram post yesterday, said she could accept the action taken against her father, Najib, but the arrest of her mother and the raid on her grandmother Tun Rahah Mohammad Noah's house was excessive.

Asked about the arrest of Azman Noor Adam, the younger brother of UMNO Supreme Council member Datuk Lokman Adam, for having allegedly insulted the Prime Minister on social media, Dr Mahathir said the police should not have acted that way.

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The decision to prosecute Rosmah, he added, would be left to the A-G.

Rosmah Mansor, wife of Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak, arrives in court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday.

The 66-year-old wore an orange baju kurung when she arrived at Kuala Lumpur's Sessions Court 9 with a team of investigators at 8.28am.

Prosecutors sought a 10 million ringgit ($2.4 million) bail and impounded her passport, asking the court to bar her from contacting any witnesses.

It was the third time she was interrogated by the MACC as part of its probe into SRC International, a former subsidiary of 1MDB.

A central issue in the May election that ousted Najib was that his family and cronies looted billions of dollars from state fund 1MDB in a fraud ring that stretched from Singapore to Switzerland.