Rosmah to face at least 15 money laundering charges, say sources

Rosmah Mansor was arrested this afternoon at the MACC headquarters. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Rosmah Mansor, wife of ex-prime minister Najib Razak, is expected to face at least 15 counts of money laundering charges involving about RM7 million, sources said.

They said the offences, which come under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 (Amla), were allegedly committed between 2013 and 2014.

A source said if the offences were committed before September 2014, Rosmah would be liable to a fine of up to RM5 million, a maximum jail term of five years, or both.

If the offences were committed after September 2014, she faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in jail and a fine of not less than five times the sum of the proceeds of the unlawful activity or RM5 million, whichever is higher.

The charges expected to be filed against Rosmah followed five months of intensive investigations by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Rosmah, 66, was arrested this afternoon at the MACC headquarters after investigators questioned her over her alleged role in the 1MDB scandal.

She will be produced before a Sessions Court judge tomorrow morning and proceedings are expected to drag on until lunchtime, especially over how much bail she would be required to post.

Najib faces 32 charges for money laundering, abuse of power and criminal breach of trust.

On Sept 20, Najib, 65, was slapped with 21 counts of money laundering and four counts of abuse of power over RM2.28 billion received in his personal bank account.

On July 4, Najib was slapped with four charges – three for criminal breach of trust and one for abusing his power – related to some RM42 million transferred into his bank account from former 1MDB subsidiary SRC International.

The offences were allegedly committed between Dec 24 and 29, 2014.

On Aug 8, he was charged with three counts of money laundering related to the same transaction, under Amla.

Najib is on bail amounting to a total of RM4.5 million and trials are expected to begin in the High Court early next year.