The wife of Malaysian former Prime Minister Najib Razak arrived Wednesday at the anti-graft agency for questioning over alleged theft and money laundering involving the 1MDB state investment fund.
Rosmah Mansor was summoned for a second time since June 5 and could face criminal charges like her husband. Najib has pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of money laundering, corruption, abuse of power and criminal breach of trust over the scandal involving the 1MDB state fund and will face trial next year.
Rosmah, wearing a green outfit and carrying a matching handbag, didn't speak to reporters as she entered the agency's building, escorted by police and her lawyers.
Rosmah, 66, is widely reviled for her opulent lifestyle and penchant for expensive jewelry and designer Birkin bags that led to her being compared with former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos and her extravagant collection of designer shoes.
Police found hundreds of luxury handbags, jewelry and cash — worth more than $266 million — during raids on apartments linked to the family shortly after Najib's shocking electoral defeat. Seized were 567 handbags, 423 watches and 12,000 pieces of jewelry including 1,400 necklaces, 2,200 rings, 2,800 pairs of earrings and 14 tiaras. Najib has said the items were mostly gifts given to his family.
Najib set up the 1MDB fund when he took power in 2009 but it accumulated billions in debts and is being investigated in the U.S. and several other countries. U.S. investigators say Najib's associates stole and laundered $4.5 billion from the fund from 2009 to 2014, some of which landed in Najib's bank account. They say $27.3 million was used to buy a rare diamond necklace for Rosmah.
New Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad reopened investigations into 1MDB that were suppressed under Najib's rule. He has also banned the couple from leaving the country.