KUALA LUMPUR: Documents detailing the government’s move to seize the RM1bil superyacht Equanimity are deemed public documents, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong.
“All the information has been filed in court through the warrant of arrest and supporting affidavit.
“These documents are public documents and are open for public viewing,” he said when answering a question by Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said during Minister’s Question Time in Parliament yesterday.
Liew denied allegations made by lawyers of fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, or Jho Low, that the seizure of the ship by the government was invalid.
Liew defended the government’s move which was based on evidence that it was purchased by Low using money from 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) and two of its subsidiaries.
Among the details in the affidavit, he said the superyacht was built in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in September 2013 with Low flying in with his parents from Barcelona, Spain, to see the vessel.
Liew said Low had engaged a lawyer in London to finalise the purchase of Equanimity in March 2014 with the vessel delivered sometime in June that same year.
“We are still waiting for Jho Low to return to Malaysia to claim the vessel,” he said.
Liew said proceeds from the sale of Equanimity would be returned to 1MDB based on the company’s share in the vessel.
He also denied claims of irregularity when the vessel was returned to Malaysia by Indonesia.