Malaysia’s former first lady Rosmah found guilty of bribery


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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept. 1 (Reuters) – A Malaysian court on Thursday found Rosmah Mansor, wife of former Prime Minister Najib Razak, guilty of seeking and receiving bribes in exchange for government contracts, just days after her husband was jailed for corruption .

Kuala Lumpur Supreme Court Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan said the prosecutor has proved their case beyond reasonable doubt. Before issuing the verdict, the judge asked Rosmah’s lawyers to present their case for a reduced sentence.

Rosmah, who faces a jail term and a financial fine, addressed the judge in tears immediately after the verdict.

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“I have to admit that I am very sad about what happened today,” she said. “Nobody saw me take the money, nobody saw me count the money…but if that’s the conclusion, I’ll leave it to God.”

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

The charges carry sentences of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of at least five times the bribe amount, although Rosmah could seek a suspension of the sentence from the Kuala Lumpur Supreme Court pending appeal to higher courts.

Prosecutors say Rosmah bribed 187.5 million ringgit ($41.80 million) and received 6.5 million ringgit from an official of the company that won the project.

Rosmah has argued that she was framed by her former assistant and several government and corporate officials involved in the project.

Najib and his wife, who have come under criticism for her lavish lifestyle, are at the center of a wide-ranging crackdown on corruption that was staged after defeat in a landmark 2018 election ended Najib’s nine years in power.

Last week, Najib began serving a 12-year sentence after Malaysia’s highest court upheld his conviction in a case linked to a multi-billion dollar corruption scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). He is still on trial in four other corruption cases. read more

($1 = 4.4880 ringgit)

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Reporting by Rozanna Latiff; additional reporting by Hasnoor Hussain and Ebrahim Harris; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore

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