“Malaysia’s Imelda” likely to be charged for money laundering

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Rosmah Mansor, wife of Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak who is embroiled in the multi-billion fraud scandal surrounding state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), has been called to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters in Putrajaya on September 26 for a second questioning and is likely to be charged as early as this week .

Rosmah, widely reviled in Malaysia for her expensive tastes and imperious manner, is often compared to Imelda Marcos, who left behind more than a thousand pairs of shoes after her husband, Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, was ousted in 1986 from a regime of escalating corruption and fear. This comparison has earned her the dubious honour of being nicknamed “Malaysia’s Imelda.”

Sources said Rosmah may face over 20 criminal charges, mostly involving money laundering under Malaysia’s Anti Money Laundering Act. It is believed that she was a central benefiting figure when Najib and his cronies allegedly looted billions of dollars from 1MDB in an audacious fraud that stretched from Singapore to Switzerland.

Rosmah’s love of costly overseas shopping trips, designer handbags and jewelry made her a lightning rod for public anger and fueled suspicions that she directly benefited from the plundering of 1MDB. After Najib’s election loss, a stash of cash, plenty of expensive jewelry and hundreds of designer handbags worth a total of as much as $273 million was seized from properties linked to Najib in raids in and around Kuala Lumpur.

Mohd Shukri Abdull, chief commissioner of the anti-graft body, said that the investigation into Rosmah’s role in the 1MDB case had been completed and the report has been submitted to the Attorney-General for the next move.

Rosmah’s son, Riza Aziz – who is the chief executive of Red Granite Pictures, a movie company believed to have benefited from embezzled 1MDB funds – was also called in for questioning.

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Rosmah Mansor, wife of Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak who is embroiled in the multi-billion fraud scandal surrounding state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), has been called to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters in Putrajaya on September 26 for a second questioning and is likely to be charged as early as this week .

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Rosmah Mansor, wife of Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak who is embroiled in the multi-billion fraud scandal surrounding state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), has been called to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters in Putrajaya on September 26 for a second questioning and is likely to be charged as early as this week .

Rosmah, widely reviled in Malaysia for her expensive tastes and imperious manner, is often compared to Imelda Marcos, who left behind more than a thousand pairs of shoes after her husband, Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, was ousted in 1986 from a regime of escalating corruption and fear. This comparison has earned her the dubious honour of being nicknamed “Malaysia’s Imelda.”

Sources said Rosmah may face over 20 criminal charges, mostly involving money laundering under Malaysia’s Anti Money Laundering Act. It is believed that she was a central benefiting figure when Najib and his cronies allegedly looted billions of dollars from 1MDB in an audacious fraud that stretched from Singapore to Switzerland.

Rosmah’s love of costly overseas shopping trips, designer handbags and jewelry made her a lightning rod for public anger and fueled suspicions that she directly benefited from the plundering of 1MDB. After Najib’s election loss, a stash of cash, plenty of expensive jewelry and hundreds of designer handbags worth a total of as much as $273 million was seized from properties linked to Najib in raids in and around Kuala Lumpur.

Mohd Shukri Abdull, chief commissioner of the anti-graft body, said that the investigation into Rosmah’s role in the 1MDB case had been completed and the report has been submitted to the Attorney-General for the next move.

Rosmah’s son, Riza Aziz – who is the chief executive of Red Granite Pictures, a movie company believed to have benefited from embezzled 1MDB funds – was also called in for questioning.

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