Rosmah Mansor: A Malaysian court found Najib Razak’s wife guilty of bribery

Kuala Lumpur High Court Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan said the prosecution had proved their case beyond reasonable doubt. He still has to deliver his sentence.

Rosmah, 70, pleaded not guilty to three charges of soliciting and accepting bribes between 2016 and 2017 to help a company get a $279 million solar power supply project from the government when her husband was in power.

The charges carry penalties of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of at least five times the amount of the bribe, although Rosmah may seek a stay on the Kuala Lumpur High Court’s ruling pending appeals in the higher courts. high court.

Prosecutors said Rosmah demanded a bribe of 187.5 million ringgit ($41.80 million), and received 6.5 million ringgit from an official of the company that won the project.

Rosmah argued that she was framed by her former aide as well as several government officials and companies involved in the project.

Najib and his wife, who have faced criticism for their lavish lifestyle, are at the center of a sweeping corruption crackdown that intensified after his administration was voted out in a historic 2018 election.

Last week, Najib began serving a 12-year prison term after Malaysia’s highest court upheld his conviction in a case related to the multibillion-dollar graft scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). He remains on trial in four other corruption cases.