THE Red Notice against Low Taek Jho and four other fugitives linked to the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal is still active.
“The Red Notice obtained from Interpol against them is still in force, but none of the 195 Interpol member nations can confirm their whereabouts,” said Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.
In a written reply to Dr Mohamed Taufiq Johari (PH-Sungai Petani) in the Dewan Rakyat, the Home Minister said Malaysian police were still working with their counterparts like the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Singapore police to track down Low – better known as Jho Low – and his associates.
In December 2018, Low and his Malaysian associates – Terence Geh Choh Heng, Casey Tang Keng Chee, Jasmine Loo and Eric Tan Kim Loong – were charged in absentia at the Magistrate’s Court in Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur.
They were charged with criminal breach of trust and money laundering involving some RM5.4bil.
Former SRC International Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil, who is also at large, is being investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.
In November 2021, SRC International, a former subsidiary of 1MDB, was granted a judgment by default in a RM4bil suit against Nik Faisal.
Last year, a report claimed that Low was spotted at the Disneyland theme park in Shanghai, China, on the eve of Christmas in 2019.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani had previously said that extradition requests for Low could not be made as none of the Interpol member countries had confirmed his whereabouts.
He said authorities in Singapore and the United States were also investigating Low, and both countries have filed charges against him.