Rosmah to be charged today

By AFIQ AZIZ / Pic By BERNAMA

Former first lady Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor will be charged today, in connection with money laundering, in the same court where her husband was charged last month.

Rosmah is expected to be produced at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court at about 8am after spending the night at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters in Putrajaya.

Rosmah arrived at the MACC at 10am yesterday to answer questions for the third time in seven months before she was arrested at 3.20pm.

The MACC said Rosmah will answer to charges under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

Her husband, former Prime Minister (PM) Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak, was also charged with the same offences last month.

“The MACC had detained the wife of the former PM, Rosmah, in relation to a money laundering investigation after the Attorney General’s Office had granted us to proceed with the charges,” the agency said in a statement yesterday.

At the same time that Rosmah was questioned in Putrajaya, Najib was also being questioned by the police anti-money laundering division in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Najib was released at about the same time that his wife was arrested.

Of the two, Rosmah grabbed the most attention because it was speculated that she would be charged in court after having been interviewed three times.

Last Wednesday, Rosmah was questioned for almost 13 hours, believed to be related to the 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s (1MDB) multibillion scandal.

At the time, Rosmah’s lawyers said they did not expect their client to be called again by the MACC because all investigations were completed.

While Rosmah was questioned by the MACC, Najib was with the police to give his statement concerning financial transactions dating back to 2011.

Najib is on trial facing 32 charges, including money laundering, criminal breach of trust, abuse of power and corruption, in connection to his role in the 1MDB scandal, including more than RM2.3 billion deposited into his personal account.

Najib, who lost his post as PM after his coalition was defeated in the May 19 general election largely because of the 1MDB scandal, has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Prosecutors had said Najib used his position as PM, finance minister and chairman of 1MDB to obtain funds totalling about RM 2.3 billion between 2011 and 2014.

The money laundering charges against Najib describe how he received RM2.1 billion from Tanore Corp, a company which was allegedly used to siphon money from 1MDB.

Najib, who is out on a RM3.5 million bail, said at the time that the charges gave him a chance to clear his name and that the “truth shall emerge”.