On each of the three counts of bribery, the ex-prime minister of Malaysia’s wife received a ten-year prison term.
Rosmah Mansor was convicted on three counts of soliciting and accepting bribes in order to aid a business in winning a 1.25 billion ringgit ($279 million, £240 million) project.
The sentence terms would overlap, the High Court ruled.
days after her husband’s 12-year prison sentence for corruption started.
The 70-year-old is well known for her affinity for designer clothing and jewelry. The couple’s houses were searched by Malaysian authorities in 2018, and they discovered a $1.6 million gold and diamond necklace, 14 tiaras, and 272 Hermes bags.
Judge Zaini Mazlan of the High Court read the verdict to Rosmah, who had entered a not-guilty plea, as she sat silently in the dock on Thursday afternoon.
“I must admit that I’m very sad with what happened today,” she said tearfully to the judge after the verdict was delivered, according to a Reuters news agency report.
“Nobody saw me taking the money, nobody saw me counting the money…. but if that’s the conclusion, I leave it to God.”
Additionally, she was given a 970 million ringgit fine. She has been given a stay of execution awaiting her appeal, so it is unknown when she will begin serving a prison term.
17 further counts of money laundering and tax evasion remain against Rosmah. She’s entered a not guilty plea to these accusations.
According to the prosecution, Rosmah demanded a bribe of 187.5 million ringgit and received 6.5 million ringgit from a representative of a business that won the bid for a solar energy project.
She had already claimed that her former aide and other project executives had set her up, but the judge dismissed this as “mere denial and unsupported.”
Additionally, on Wednesday, her legal team submitted a last-ditch effort to have the presiding judge removed. They claimed that she lost faith in the judge’s ability to hear the case fairly as a result of an alleged leaked document that claimed her guilt had been established beforehand.
Judge Mazlan, however, denied the request for recusal, stating that the prosecution’s case was beyond a reasonable doubt.
Gopal Sri Ram, the prosecutor in charge, stated that the Malaysian people had a right to “get their part of justice.” (BBC)