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Malaysia ex-PM's wife ordered to make defense in graft trial

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian court Thursday ordered the wife of ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak to enter her defense in a corruption trial linked to a 1.25 billion ringgit ($310 million) solar energy project. The ruling against Rosmah Mansor was a blow just months after Najib was found guilty in the first of several corruption trials and sentenced to 12 years in jail, pending an appeal. High Court judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan said prosecutors had provided enough evidence to continue the case against Rosmah on three charges of soliciting bribes and receiving $6.5 million ($1.6 million) between 2016 and 2017 to help a company secure a project to provide solar energy panels to schools on Borneo island.