November 15, 2018 / 7:07 AM / a month ago

CORRECTED-Malaysia charges wife of former PM Najib with two counts of graft

(Corrects headline, paragraph 1 to clarify charge)

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Malaysia on Thursday accused Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former Prime Minister Najib Razak, on charges of soliciting and receiving bribes involving 189 million ringgit ($45.12 million) from a company pitching for a government project.

Prosecutors who charged Rosmah with two counts of corruption said the payments concerned a 1.25-billion-ringgit ($298-million) solar project in schools in Malaysia’s eastern state of Sarawak, on the island of Borneo.

She pleaded not guilty to both the charges. ($1=4.1900 ringgit) (Reporting by Joseph Sipalan; Writing by A. Ananthalakshmi; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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