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Rosmah Mansor, Najib Razak Wife Has Been Found Guilty of Seeking and Receiving Bribes

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Rosmah Mansor, Najib Razak Wife Has Been Found Guilty of Seeking and Receiving Bribes, STECHITEGIST

Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, was found guilty of requesting and receiving bribes in exchange for a government contract by a court in Kuala Lumpur. The verdict came just a week after Najib began serving a 12-year prison sentence in connection with the misappropriation of the 1MDB state fund.

Rosmah was charged with three charges of bribery in connection with a $279 million solar power project in rural Sarawak. Prosecutors claim she demanded 187.5 million Malaysian ringgit ($41.8 million) in exchange for assisting the Malaysian firm, Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd, in obtaining the government contract.

They claim she was paid 5 million Malaysian ringgit ($1.12 million) and 1.5 million Malaysian ringgit ($334,578) for the exchange. On all three counts, the Kuala Lumpur High Court declared her guilty. Rosmah, the self-styled “First Lady of Malaysia,” rejected the charges at the outset of her trial and entered in court on Thursday dressed in a traditional Malay attire complete with a headscarf and mask — all in yellow.

The 70-year-old refused to engage with reporters. Najib was ousted from power in May 2018, the first time his United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) party had lost an election since independence, after public outrage over the multibillion-dollar 1MDB scandal.

Rosmah Mansor, Najib Razak Wife Has Been Found Guilty of Seeking and Receiving Bribes, STECHITEGIST

The US Department of Justice claims that $4.5 billion was stolen from 1MDB, some of which ended up in Najib’s personal bank accounts. Crowds gathered at a Kuala Lumpur airport following reports that Najib and Rosmah were planning to flee the country on a private jet, as police searched their homes for evidence, seizing hundreds of millions of dollars in cash, designer handbags, and numerous items of luxury jewelry and branded watches.

Rosmah, who has a striking bouffant hairstyle, faces up to 20 years in prison. If she successfully appeals a guilty verdict to a higher court, she may be able to avoid incarceration. Najib was found guilty of wrongdoing in the first of several prosecutions stemming from the 1MDB affair in 2020.

Malaysia’s top court affirmed the judgment last week, and he is now serving his sentence in Kajang prison south of Kuala Lumpur, making him the first former Malaysian prime minister to be imprisoned. Najib is also facing four more cases regarding 1MDB, while Rosmah is accused of money laundering and tax evasion.

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Rosmah Mansor, Najib Razak Wife Has Been Found Guilty of Seeking and Receiving Bribes, STECHITEGIST

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