SINGAPORE (Oct 8): Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, has pleaded not guilty to a total of 17 charges of money laundering and failure to declare income. She was allowed to leave for home after posting RM500,000 ($166,500) for her bail, which was set at RM2 million, lower than the RM10 million sought by the prosecutor.

Rosmah, who was arrested on Oct 3, was charged in connection with a total of RM7.1 million that was transferred to her Affin Bank account. Twelve charges are related to money laundering: Eight are on the RM1 million that was transferred into her bank account in seven transactions between December 2013 and April 2014; four are on the RM6.1 million that was transferred in 227 transactions between September 2014 and June 2017. The eight charges each carry a maximum jail term of five years or maximum fine of RM5 million, or both, while the four charges each carry a maximum jail term of 15 years and a fine of no more than five times the value of the illegal proceeds received or RM5 million, whichever is higher. The remaining five charges are on failing to declare those amounts of money as income for tax purposes, with similar penalties.

Rosmah was required to surrender her passport and avoid any communication with witnesses during the trial period. The prosecutor said Rosmah had earlier approached a witness to make a statement in her favour.

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