Rosmah Mansor: Malaysian courtroom finds spouse of Najib Razak responsible of bribery

A Malaysian courtroom on Thursday discovered Rosmah Mansor, the spouse of former prime minister Najib Razak, responsible of searching for and receiving bribes in change for presidency contracts, simply days after her husband was jailed for corruption.

Kuala Lumpur Excessive Courtroom Choose Mohamed Zaini Mazlan mentioned the prosecution proved their case past an inexpensive doubt. He had nonetheless to ship his sentence.

Rosmah, 70, had pleaded not responsible to a few costs of soliciting and receiving bribes between 2016 and 2017 to assist an organization safe a $279 million solar energy provide challenge from the federal government when her husband was in energy.

The costs carry penalties of as much as 20 years in jail and a nice of at the very least 5 occasions the quantity of the bribe, though Rosmah might search a keep on sentencing by the Kuala Lumpur Excessive Courtroom pending appeals to greater courts.

Prosecutors say Rosmah sought a bribe of 187.5 million ringgit ($41.80 million), and obtained 6.5 million ringgit from an official of the corporate that gained the challenge.

Rosmah has argued that she was framed by her former aide in addition to a number of authorities and firm officers concerned within the challenge.

Najib and his spouse, who has confronted criticism for her lavish way of life, are on the middle of a wide-ranging crackdown on corruption mounted after his administration was voted out in a historic 2018 election.

Final week, Najib started serving a 12-year jail sentence after Malaysia’s prime courtroom upheld his conviction in a case linked to a multibillion-dollar graft scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Growth Berhad (1MDB). He stays on trial in 4 different corruption circumstances.