Jho Low's luxury yacht Equanimity to arrive in Port Klang tomorrow

  • Nation
  • Monday, 06 Aug 2018

Cayman Island-registered vessel Equanimity, sits in waters off Tanjung Benoa on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on April 4, 2018. - AFP

PETALING JAYA: The US$250mil (RM1bil) superyacht Equanimity, which purportedly belonged to fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, also known as Jho Low, is expected to arrive in Port Klang on Tuesday (Aug 7) afternoon.

A source said the vessel received its port clearance from the Batam Marine Department at 2.30pm Monday (Aug 6), indicating that its next port of call is Port Klang, and left at 4.45pm.

The source said at least four Malaysian policemen would accompany the ship and her crew to Malaysia.

"The ship would be leaving Batam this evening after it had been handed over to senior Malaysian marine police officers who were already in Batam to receive the vessel.

The superyacht arrived in Batam island in Indonesia on Monday morning.

It was supposed to head for the Batu Ampar port but had been diverted and anchored near the Pulau Nong lighthouse at the entrance to Tering Bay around 9.30am.

The yacht sailed from Tanjung Benoa port in Bali on Thursday (Aug 2).

Equanimity was seized in Bali on February at the request of US authorities as part of a multi-billion dollar corruption investigation launched by the Department of Justice (DoJ) related to 1MDB.

However, a Jakarta court ruling in April declared the yacht was wrongfully impounded and was released to its owners after they got a court motion to declare the seizure was illegal.

But the vessel was not allowed to leave Tanjung Benoa port.

In July, Indonesian police seized the yacht again following a formal request for legal assistance from the US.

Reuters reported the decision by the Indonesian government to hand over the yacht to Malaysia was reached following a personal request made by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who visited Indonesia in June.

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