Malaysia's ex-first lady given 10 years prison

STORY: A Malaysian court on Thursday (Sept 1) sentenced Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former Prime Minister Najib Razak, to a decade in prison for seeking and receiving bribes in exchange for government contracts

It came just days after her husband was jailed for corruption.

Rosmah will also have to pay a fine of over $216 million over three bribery charges, the judge at Kuala Lumpur High Court said.

He added that the prosecution proved their case beyond reasonable doubt.

The judge granted her a stay of sentence, so Rosmah will not go to jail on Thursday.

She can appeal the decision in two higher courts.

Rosmah addressed the judge tearfully immediately after the verdict.

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."

The former first lady was seen as a powerful figure behind Najib

She has been widely scorned in Malaysia for her extravagant lifestyle and penchant for luxury bags.

The 70-year-old had pleaded not guilty to three charges of soliciting and receiving bribes.