More charges against Malaysia’s former first lady

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Malaysia will file additional charges against Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former Prime Minister Najib Razak, the anti-graft agency said on November 14, as authorities step up corruption investigations into the former first couple.

In addition to previous 17 charges of money laundering, Rosmah will face several charges regarding solar power supply and installation projects in schools in the state of Sarawak, Malaysia’s Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) noted in a statement, without detailing what kind of charges that would be.

Rosmah’s former aide Rizal Mansor will also face charges in the same case involving 6.5 million ringgit ($1.6 million) related to a 1.25-billion ringgit ($309 million) solar hybrid project for rural schools in Sarawak.

The solar hybrid project courted controversy when Sarawak Report alleged in June that the contract was awarded to Bintulu-based company Jepak Holdings on the “direct order” of former prime minister Najib Razak.

Jepak Holdings – a transportation services company – was appointed at the end of 2016 for the supply of diesel, repair of generators and to provide solar hybrid systems for the 369 schools.

Rizal was arrested by the MACC in July following allegations that he solicited money from Jepak Holdings over the project. In June, the graft busters also arrested a company director, managing director and a lawyer over the controversial project. The MACC did not say what Rosmah’s involvement in the case exactly was.

Update: The MACC on November 15 accused Rosmah of soliciting and receiving bribes involving 189 million ringgit ($45.12 million) from the company pitching for the government project.

Meanwhile, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad called for full refund of Goldman Sachs’ fees earned from transactions involving public fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), saying the US investment bank “cheated” Malaysia in dealings with 1MDB and demanding “more aggressive” steps to recoup the fees.

“There is evidence that Goldman Sachs has done things that are wrong,” Mahathir said in an interview with US news channel CNBC aired on November 12.

US prosecutors filed criminal charges against two former Goldman Sachs bankers earlier this month. One of them, Tim Leissner, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to launder money and conspiracy to violate the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

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Malaysia will file additional charges against Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former Prime Minister Najib Razak, the anti-graft agency said on November 14, as authorities step up corruption investigations into the former first couple.

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Malaysia will file additional charges against Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former Prime Minister Najib Razak, the anti-graft agency said on November 14, as authorities step up corruption investigations into the former first couple.

In addition to previous 17 charges of money laundering, Rosmah will face several charges regarding solar power supply and installation projects in schools in the state of Sarawak, Malaysia’s Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) noted in a statement, without detailing what kind of charges that would be.

Rosmah’s former aide Rizal Mansor will also face charges in the same case involving 6.5 million ringgit ($1.6 million) related to a 1.25-billion ringgit ($309 million) solar hybrid project for rural schools in Sarawak.

The solar hybrid project courted controversy when Sarawak Report alleged in June that the contract was awarded to Bintulu-based company Jepak Holdings on the “direct order” of former prime minister Najib Razak.

Jepak Holdings – a transportation services company – was appointed at the end of 2016 for the supply of diesel, repair of generators and to provide solar hybrid systems for the 369 schools.

Rizal was arrested by the MACC in July following allegations that he solicited money from Jepak Holdings over the project. In June, the graft busters also arrested a company director, managing director and a lawyer over the controversial project. The MACC did not say what Rosmah’s involvement in the case exactly was.

Update: The MACC on November 15 accused Rosmah of soliciting and receiving bribes involving 189 million ringgit ($45.12 million) from the company pitching for the government project.

Meanwhile, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad called for full refund of Goldman Sachs’ fees earned from transactions involving public fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), saying the US investment bank “cheated” Malaysia in dealings with 1MDB and demanding “more aggressive” steps to recoup the fees.

“There is evidence that Goldman Sachs has done things that are wrong,” Mahathir said in an interview with US news channel CNBC aired on November 12.

US prosecutors filed criminal charges against two former Goldman Sachs bankers earlier this month. One of them, Tim Leissner, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to launder money and conspiracy to violate the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

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