Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Wife of ex-Malaysian PM Najib arrested by anti-graft agency

Wife of ex-Malaysian PM Najib arrested by anti-graft agency

Malaysian anti-graft authorities on Wednesday arrested former first lady Rosmah Mansor, who will spend a night in detention before being taken to court to face money-laundering charges. Local media have reported that she could face up to 20 charges.

The building houses the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) Anti-Money Laundering Unit.

"Rosmah will be brought to the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court on Oct 4 (today) at 8am to be charged", MACC said.

He has consistently denied wrongdoing and has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

On Sept 26, Rosmah was questioned by the MACC for nearly 13 hours.

Rosmah, the wife of former prime minister Najib Razak, was detained after being questioned by the anti-graft agency, her lawyer, K.Kumaraendran, said.

Rosmah Mansor smiled at reporters but didn't speak as she was escorted into the agency's building.

He is also set to be in court on Thursday for a pre-trial hearing of charges related to 1MDB filed against him.

Writing on Instagram, their daughter Nooryana Najwa Najib criticised the Government for going after her family.

"We should be ashamed of ourselves because Rosmah has helped us a lot, especially those who are less fortunate", she said.

"It is Mahathir's attempt to show the world that this is "the nastiest couple" in Malaysia - both robbers and criminals", he told reporters outside of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters here today.

Malaysians have been outraged after the seizure of around US$275 million ($386 million) worth of cash and goods, including a vast collection of Hermes Birkin and other designer handbags, jewellery and watches from properties linked to the couple. She also said she had earned millions of ringgit from her own music album, which wasn't released to the public but was bought by government ministers who were fans of her singing talent.

Mr Najib, 64, arrived at the anti-money laundering and anti-terror financing division of the police to give a statement in connection with a money laundering probe, media said.

New Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad reopened investigations into 1MDB that were suppressed under Najib's rule.

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