KUALA LUMPUR – Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, was sentenced to 10 years’ jail and fined RM970 million ($303 million) for corruption on Thursday, just over a week after her husband was jailed after Malaysia’s highest court affirmed his corruption conviction.
Rosmah, 70, was found guilty by Malaysia’s High Court of soliciting a total of RM194 million (S$61 million) in bribes to help solar energy firm Jepak Holdings secure a RM1.25 billion solar hybrid project for hundreds of schools in Sarawak in 2016.
The sentence is stayed pending her appeal against conviction. She is allowed to remain out on bail, which has been maintained at RM2 million.
Rosmah, who referred to herself as the former First Lady of Malaysia, was in tears as she addressed the court after the verdict was announced.
“I must admit that I’m very sad with what happened today,” she said. “Nobody saw me taking the money, nobody saw me counting the money … but if that’s the conclusion, I leave it to God.”