Malaysian court finds former first lady Rosmah guilty of bribery


Kuala Lumpur Supreme Court Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan said the prosecutor has proved their case beyond reasonable doubt. He had yet to pronounce his sentence.

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 after his government was voted down in a landmark 2018 election.

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.

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