Govt-to-Govt approach may be necessary to apprehend Jho Low, says Deputy Minister


  • Nation
  • Monday, 13 Aug 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia may opt to use the government-to-government approach in its attempt to bring back fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, or popularly known as Jho Low, to the country.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman said local authorities are trying their best to track the businessman who is believed to be moving around from one place to another.

"If he is in China, with the government-to-government approach, we can work something out.

"We can request if he is still there," he told reporters at the parliament lobby.

Beijing has investigated multiple recent tip-offs from Malaysia that its fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho was in China, but none turned out to be valid, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Low, 37, is accused of corruption, bribery and money-laundering by law enforcement agencies in several countries in connection with the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) financial scandal.

The US Department of Justice has said an estimated US$4.5bil was misappropriated from 1MDB by high-level officials of the fund and their associates.

Mohd Azis said that local intelligence were actively send out to locate Low.

"Yes, our intelligence services are on it, but we cannot reveal everything.

"We have sent our men everywhere to find him.

"But as of now, we cannot confirm his exact location," he said.

"If you have any information, you can also help us," he said.

Low had lived in Hong Kong for at least five years when he was accused of having played a role in the 1MDB scandal.
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