The wife of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was sentenced to 10 years in prison on each of the three bribery charges.
According to international media, Thursday’s ruling came just one week after Najib began serving a 12-year prison sentence in a case linked to the looting of the 1MDB state fund.
Rosma has been charged with three counts of bribery in connection with a $279 million project to provide solar power to schools in rural Sarawak.
Prosecutors say it has demanded 187.5 million Malaysian ringgit ($41.8 million) in exchange for helping Malaysian firm Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd obtain a government contract. They say she received payments of 5 million ringgit ($1.12 million) and 1.5 million ringgit ($334,578) for the exchange.
The Kuala Lumpur High Court found her guilty on all three counts.
We won power in May 2018 for the first time UMNO lost an election since independence amid public anger over a multibillion-dollar scandal in state fund 1MDB. The US Department of Justice alleges that about $4.5 billion was stolen from 1MDB, some of which ended up in Najib’s private bank accounts.
After the election, crowds gathered at Kuala Lumpur Airport amid reports that Najib and Rosmah were planning to leave the country on a private jet, as police searched their belongings for clues, withdrew hundreds of millions of dollars in cash, designer handbags and many more items. Luxury jewelry and branded watches.
Rosma, with her signature hairstyle, now faces up to 20 years in prison. She may be allowed to stay out of prison if she challenges her conviction before a higher court.
Najib was convicted of corruption in 2020 in the first case he faced in connection with the 1MDB scandal.