Wife of former Malaysian PM Najib Razak arrested by anti-graft agency

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 03, 2018, 03.00 PM(IST)

Rosmah Mansor, wife of Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Rosmah, the wife of former prime minister Najib Razak, was detained after being questioned by the anti-graft agency, her lawyer, K Kumaraendran, said.

Malaysia's anti-graft agency arrested former first lady Rosmah Mansor on Wednesday and she will be charged with money laundering, her lawyer told Reuters.

Rosmah, the wife of former prime minister Najib Razak, was detained after being questioned by the anti-graft agency, her lawyer, K Kumaraendran, said.

She will be charged on Thursday, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said.

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

The couple's world has been turned upside down since Najib lost the May election to his one-time mentor Mahathir Mohamad, who swiftly reopened a probe into 1MDB.

Corruption accusations have dogged Najib for years, and came to a head in 2015, when the Wall Street Journal reported that nearly $700 million in 1MDB funds was diverted to his personal bank account.

Rosmah, 66, has long been in the public eye over her penchant for handbags, jewellery and shopping sprees.

(With inputs from Reuters)