Rosmah says 'I am ok' after pleading not guilty to 17 charges

Rosmah says 'I am ok' after pleading not guilty to 17 charges

It was reported by The Star that she will be slapped with 17 charges, under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (AMLATFPUAA) 2001 involving approximately RM7 million.

Madam Rosmah, 66, was detained at 3.20pm at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters in Putrajaya yesterday, after more than four hours of questioning.

It is the first time in Malaysia's history that the wife of a former prime minister has been charged.

If convicted, she could face a jail term of up to 15 years and a fine five times the amount of the illicit activity, or RM5 million, or whichever is higher, for each of the charges.

After spending a night in detention following her arrest by anti-graft investigators on Wednesday, Rosmah entered a Kuala Lumpur court on Thursday flanked by dozens of armed police officers, and smiling, waving and blowing kisses at the media.

The charges were read out before Sessions Court judge Azura Alwi, to which a calm and composed Rosmah said: "Saya mohon bicara (I claim trial)".

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Najib faces 32 charges from money laundering to abuse of power and criminal breach of trust over billions of dollars that went missing from state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). He has denied any wrongdoing.

Prosecutors sought a 10 million ringgit ($2.4 million) bail and impounded her passport, asking the court to bar her from contacting any witnesses. These include charges related to RM42 million allegedly paid by SRC International into his bank accounts.

After the election loss, a stash of cash, jewellery and hundreds of designer handbags worth as much as $273 million was seized from properties linked to the couple in raids around Kuala Lumpur.

Lead prosecutor Gopal Sri Ram told the court that Rosmah "had approached a witness with a request to give a statement in her favour".

Rosmah is often compared to Imelda Marcos, who left behind more than a thousand pairs of shoes after her husband, Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, was ousted in a popular uprising in 1986.

"The law says (that) if you steal money, you will be charged in court".

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