Jho Low claims he can't get fair trial, govt no interest in rule of law

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  • Tuesday, 04 Dec 2018

Located in the coveted Bird Streets on a pie-shaped promontory known as the Crown, the 1.2-acre complex was famously owned by Jho Low.

PETALING JAYA: Fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, also known as Jho Low, claims he cannot get a fair trial in Malaysia.

This comes after Low was charged in absentia again with regard to offences involving 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) on Tuesday (Dec 4).

Low's spokesman said the businessman maintained his innocence.

“As has been previously stated, Low will not submit to any jurisdiction where guilt has been predetermined by politics and there is no independent legal process.

"These charges are intended to create another false sense of security for the political loss that the Mahathir (Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad) regime has brought upon itself due to its failures on current issues.”

The spokesman said in a statement issued through Low's attorneys added that the charges were no more than a continuation of the trial by media and political reprisals by Dr Mahathir.

“It is clear that Low cannot get a fair trial in Malaysia, where the regime has proven numerous times that they have no interest in the rule of law,” the spokesman added.  

Earlier, Low was charged at the Sessions Court with four other individuals central to the investigation on 1MDB.

Low was charged with five charges under Section 4(1)(a) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001 (Amla).

The five offences involved him allegedly receiving US$1.03bil (RM4.13bil) from 1MDB through his company Good Star Ltd.

Low also faced two other joint charges with Tan Kim Loong, 40, under the same Act involving US$1.26mil (RM5.21mil).

Another individual, Tang Keng Chee, 53, who was a 1MDB officer, faced three charges.

He was charged with two counts under Section 4(1)(a) of the Amla for allegedly receiving US$6.7mil (RM27.7mil).

Tang was also charged with one charge of criminal breach of trust under Section 409 of the Penal Code for transferring US$700mil (RM2.89bil) from 1MDB to Good Star Ltd.

Former general counsel of 1MDB, Loo Ai Swan, 45, was charged with two counts under Section 4(1)(a) of the Amla for receiving US$6mil (RM24.8mil).

The fifth individual, Geh Choh Heng, 47, faced one charge of criminal breach of trust under Section 409 of the Penal Code for allegedly transferring US$125mil (RM516.5mil) from 1MDB to Good Star Ltd.

Geh was then the executive director of finance for 1MDB.

All of the offences were allegedly committed between September 2009 and July 2014.

A source told The Star that the charges were filed on Tuesday morning against Low and the four individuals in absentia by the Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) with the consent of the Attorney General’s Chambers.

"The police applied for arrest warrants for all five individuals after the criminal charges were filed and the magistrate’s court issued the warrants,” the source said.

In August, the police filed criminal charges against Low and his father over money allegedly stolen from 1MDB.

In that case, Low was slapped with eight counts of money laundering.

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