Rosmah Mansor, wife of Malaysia’s former prime minister, was on Thursday charged with money laundering linked to a multi-billion-dollar scandal that helped bring down his government.
The 66 year old pleaded not guilty to 17 charges of money laundering at a court complex where her husband Najib Razak was also making a separate appearance in connection with the alleged plunder of state funds.
Prosecutors demanded a 10 million ringgit (about R34 million) bail and impounded her passport, asking the court to bar her from contacting any witnesses.
“Rosmah had approached a witness with a request to give a statement in her favour”, lead prosecutor said in court.
Defence lawyers negotiated for a lower bail amount of 250 000 ringgit the equivalent of R858 000.