Police authorities in Malaysia believe that Jho Low Taek, one of the main suspects in the country’s large scale state fund 1MDB corruption scandal, is still hiding in Macau, news agency Bloomberg reported.
“Strong indication that he is there — full stop,” Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador was reported as having said in a text message to Bloomberg.
Malaysia’s court Tuesday said that Low had played a crucial role in transferring 42 million ringgit (US$10 million) of funds from a former 1MDB unit to ex-prime minister Najib Razak’s accounts.
Najib was found guilty of all seven charges in the trial and faces 12 years in prison, along with a 210 million ringgit fine.
In 2018, as Low became wanted by authorities in Malaysia as the mastermind behind the financial scandal several indications were given that he might be on the run either in Hong Kong, mainland China and even Macau.
In July, 2018 Malaysia’s Inspector-General of Police Tan, Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun, had indicated that Kuala Lumpur authorities had received an email from their Macau counterparts informing them that Mr. Low had left the special administrative region, after Interpol Macao received a request for information on his whereabouts.
That same month Secretary for Security Wong Sio Chak also publically stated that Low was not in Macau, with Low having evaded arrest until now.