The alleged mentor of the 1MDB multimillion-dollar embezzlement case, which led to the sentencing of the former Malaysian Prime Minister, has been hiding in Macau since 2018 on the property of a senior member of the Chinese Communist Party, according to an investigation published today (Tuesday) by Al Jazeera.
According to Al Jazeera, who does not identify the sources, but says they are from Malaysia and Macau, “the fugitive has lived in the gambling Asian capital since at least February 2018, in a house owned by a senior member of the Chinese Communist Party”.
The Malaysian has been on the run for almost five years and is wanted by the United States, Malaysia and Singapore. Asked by the Lusa news agency whether Jho Low was hiding in Macau, the United States Department of Justice responded succinctly: “We refuse to comment.”
Malaysian authorities have frequently denounced that the alleged mentor of a multimillion-dollar diversion is hiding in Macau and criticized the lack of cooperation from the Government of the former territory administered by Portugal, which continues to deny the presence of Low Taek Jho, also known as Jho Low, in the SAR.
The international scandal linked to the embezzlement of the sovereign wealth fund worth around 4 billion euros culminated in late July with a 12-year prison sentence for former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, after several people spread around the world have been convicted.
The fund was created in 2009 with the aim of attracting foreign investment and creating a business zone in Kuala Lumpur, but ended up accumulating losses of 42 billion ringit (about 7.7 billion euros).
However, the alleged mentor of the multimillion-dollar diversion is still free: the consultant of the Malaysian state fund 1 Malaysia Development Bank (1MDB), Jho Low, who according to Al Jazeera is “the man who potentially holds all the secrets about how much money has been stolen, who took it and who gave the orders ”.
Jho Low is said to have used the money invested in the fund to acquire luxury goods such as jewellery, luxury aircraft, yachts and even paintings by Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet.
The recordings of Jho Low presented in two video reports, obtained by Al Jazeera, are from a series of telephone conversations he had with the former Malaysian government, led by Mahathir Mohamad, in May 2018.
During the phone calls, Jho Low reveals that he is in China and discusses the possibility of meeting with Malaysian 1MDB researchers in Hong Kong or Macau. But after the meeting, the suspect flees to the United Arab Emirates, saying he was not safe.
According to Al Jazeera, he has travelled over the years to several cities such as Bangkok, Dubai and Ahmedabad, in India, but that his ‘base’, since February 2018, is the world capital of the game, Macau.