Malaysia's former first lady has been charged with money laundering, along with a dozen other offenses as anti corruption agents continue to to investigate billions of dollars missing from state coffers. Rosmah Mansor appeared in a Kuala Lumpur court on Thursday, having spent the night in detention following her arrest by anti-graft officers on Wednesday.
>> We love you, Rosmah!>> She is the wife of embattled former Prime Minister Najib Razak, who lost power in May. He's facing over 30 separate charges, including money laundering and abuse of power. Najib's charges relate to billions that went missing from the Malaysian's state fund, 1MDB. And while it wasn't clear if Rosmah's charges also relate directly to 1MBD, her arrest came after the three rounds of questioning by agents over the phone, with one of the interrogation's lasting 13 hours.
Reuters' Rozanna Latiff was at the courthouse.>> Probably facing 17 charges of money laundering, involving a sum of about 7.1 ringgit which is about 1.7 million US dollars. There was no mention of 1MDB during the court hearing. Prosecutors have told Reuters however, that it didn't matter where the money came from, but that as an important person Rosmah has to explain and account for these moneys that were deposited into her personal accounts.
>> Rosmah pled not guilty to all charges which the prosecutor described in court as quote, very serious. Money laundering charges carry a penalty of up to 15 years in jail and big fines. Earlier this year, investigators seized a vast collection of designer handbags and jewelry from properties linked to Najeed and Rosmah.
Also on Thursday, Najib himself appeared in a separate courtroom. The former PM faceed up for a pretrial hearing relating to more that 10 million allegedly transferred into his account, from a former unit of 1MDB. Najib has also played not guilty. The 1MDB case is now being investigated in at least six countries, including the United States.