Ex-Malaysian PM Najib Razak's wife Rosmah Mansor arrested by anti-graft commission

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This is Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor's third appointment with the anti-graft officials. PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR - Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, was arrested by graft busters on Wednesday (Oct 3) for allegedly receiving and transferring funds obtained from money-laundering activities.

The 66-year-old was detained at 3.20pm at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters in Putrajaya, after more than four hours of questioning. It was her third visit to the MACC since June.

When she last visited the MACC on Sept 25, she was at its headquarters for 13 hours.

"She will be spending the night in the lock-up," a source told The Straits Times, after the arrest on Wednesday.

The source added that Madam Rosmah is expected to be charged on Thursday at Kuala Lumpur's Sessions Court under Section 4(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001, the same day her husband Najib's criminal charges are set for case management.

According to a statement by the MACC, Madam Rosmah will be taken to the court at 8am.

She was interrogated on Wednesday for the third time as part of its probe into SRC International, a former subsidiary of state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

The fund, which was started by Najib in 2009 soon after he became prime minister, is at the centre of investigations by several countries for alleged misappropriation of billions of dollars, including the United States and Singapore.

In the case involving Madam Rosmah, investigators believe funds from SRC International may have been used to purchase more than RM1 million (S$332,000) worth of hormone-based anti-ageing products from the United States.

Earlier on Wednesday, Najib was separately interviewed by the police at a different location.

He arrived at the police's Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Prevention office in Kuala Lumpur at 9.40am to have his statement recorded for the fourth time. He left after three hours.

Najib faces 32 charges involving criminal breach of trust, money laundering and abuse of power. These include charges related to RM42 million allegedly paid by SRC International into his bank accounts.

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