Rosmah Mansor, wife of Malaysia's jailed former prime minister Najib Razak, arrives during her husband's 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) audit tampering case hearing at the High court in Kuala Lumpur on 3 March 2023. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)

Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, has been granted a temporary release of her passport by the Court of Appeal to visit Singapore for six weeks.

The decision, made on Tuesday (21 Mar), allows Rosmah to visit her daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren, one of whom is unwell.

In 2019, Rosmah’s passport was impounded by the court after she was charged with corruption. She was later sentenced to 10 years in jail and fined RM970 million (US$217 million) in September 2022.

Previously, she was granted a temporary return of her passport in 2021 to travel to Singapore to visit her pregnant daughter while on trial for corruption.

Rosmah’s lawyer, Jagjit Singh, stated that she will be departing for Singapore on Thursday and will stay in the country for six weeks. During her visit, she will celebrate Hari Raya Puasa before returning to Malaysia on 5 May. According to Bernama, Rosmah’s lawyer also confirmed that her passport would be returned within a week of her arrival back in Malaysia, with the deputy public prosecutor suggesting a return date of 10 May.

The appeal against Rosmah’s corruption conviction is scheduled to run for four days, starting from 11 July.

Her husband, Najib, is currently serving a 12-year jail term and has been fined RM210 million after being found guilty of abuse of power, criminal breach of trust, and money laundering in the SRC International Sdn Bhd case.

On 3 March, Najib was earlier cleared of charges relating to the tampering of the 1MDB audit report.

The presiding judge, Mohamed Zaini Mazlan, ruled that the prosecution had failed to establish a prima facie case against Najib, leading to his acquittal and discharge.

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