Jasmine Loo: I haven't lodged police report over Jho Low's threat


KUALA LUMPUR: Former 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) general counsel who claimed to have been threatened by fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho told the High Court she had yet to file a police report over the threats.

Jasmine Loo, 50, who was also a fugitive for five years, had previously testified she feared for her life and stayed put in Bangkok, Thailand on the instructions of Low or better known as Jho Low.

"As I said before, I felt I was under threat and I was being monitored closely on any move that I made.

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"I didn't want to endanger myself by making any moves contrary to whatever Jho Low instructed, which was to stay put," she said.

The 50th prosecution witness was under cross-examination by lead defence counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah in Datuk Seri Najib Razak's RM2.28bil 1MBD corruption trial here on Wednesday (Feb 28).

Muhammad Shafee was questioning the witness on whether she had lodged a police report after her return to Malaysia in July last year.

"Not yet, I will take advice (from my legal counsel)," Loo replied.

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The witness also admitted that Low had been a good friend and that he had gifted her with items from luxury brands including a Hermes handbag and a Richard Mille watch.

The gifts, she said, have been surrendered to the government.

Loo agreed to Muhammad Shafee's suggestion that she had spent time with Low in many instances, such as going for a holiday in Las Vegas, gambling, watching the quarter-finals of the 2014 Fifa World Cup game in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and partying with celebrities including Adriana Lima and Leonardo DiCaprio, where all the activities were paid for by Low.

Loo said the activities were "normal things to do between close friends".

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"He's (Jho Low) a very soft-spoken person so he doesn't really use harsh words until 2015, 2016, that was when he began to seem a little bit more irritated," she said.

Muhammad Shafee suggested that Low became an irritable person due to the 1MDB scandal being revealed to the public. Loo agreed.

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Najib, 70, is on trial for 25 charges in total - four for abuse of power that allegedly brought him the financial benefit to the tune of RM2.28bil; and 21 for money laundering involving the same amount of money.

The trial before Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah continues on March 14.

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