Rosmah to face several money laundering charges, MACC

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Rosmah Mansor, the flamboyant wife of Malaysia's former prime minister, was arrested Wednesday by the country's anti-graft agency over a multi-billion-dollar scandal that helped to bring down the last government.

Last Wednesday, anti-graft investigators spent almost 13 hours recording Ms Rosmah's statement as part of their inquiry into 1MDB.

The Umno Supreme Council member was referring to Najib's expected presence at the courts tomorrow for his first ever case management, after pleading not guilty to multiple charges of corruption and criminal breach of trust.

This is her third appointment with the MACC officials.

"Rosmah will face several charges", the agency said in a statement on Wednesday, adding that the charges covered infringements of a law against money laundering and other unlawful activities.

Malaysian authorities once again called in former Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, for questioning on Wednesday in an investigation into alleged graft linked to state fund 1MDB.

According to The Star, the MACC had detained Rosmah after she was done giving her statement at the MACC headquarters today.

On June 5, she was questioned for about five hours over a probe into SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) subsidiary.

"I suppose tomorrow makes for a great picture and media circus."

Mr Najib has said most of the seized items were gifts to his wife and daughter and had nothing to do with 1MDB.

At a press conference after Rosmah's arrest, Kumaraendran said presently, he was not aware how many charges his client will face.

Najib set up the 1MDB fund when he took power in 2009, but it accumulated billions in debts and is being investigated in the US and several other countries.

Public anger over the scandal eventually led to the ouster of Najib's long-ruling coalition in May 9 elections that ushered in the first change of power since Malaysia's independence from Britain in 1957.

Najib lost the May election to his one-time mentor Mahathir Mohamad, who swiftly reopened a probe into 1MDB.