Rosmah Mansor was not involved in her husband Najib Abdul Razak’s matters when he was prime minister, her lawyers said today.
"As the wife of the then prime minister, Rosmah stayed away from matters which are dealt by Najib, and never did she at any point influence the outcome of any executive decisions made,” a statement from the lawyers read.
The statement was jointly issued by K Kumaraendran and Geetan Ram Vincent on behalf of Rosmah.
They were responding to a Wall Street Journal report which described Rosmah as exerting considerable influence on the decisions made by Najib.
"We have noted the points reported in the WSJ, citing a source, who claimed that Rosmah was the central figure in the alleged financial maleficence involving 1MDB.
"We would like to reiterate here, that our client had no links, nor any direct and indirect role with the day-to-day operations of the said company, more so its financial management, or those who were appointed to oversee the firm," they said.
The lawyers said the accusation was a case of trial by media, expounded further by the court of public opinion.
"Therefore, linking Rosmah directly to 1MDB, and piling accusations against her, we are afraid, is an attempt to influence the outcome of the investigations which are currently underway, and at worst, to tarnish Rosmah's image.
"Rosmah will continue to cooperate with the necessary authorities investigating the matter," the statement read.