No information request by Malaysian authorities concerning Jho Low – Police

The Judiciary Police (PJ) indicated to Macau News Agency that it has not received any information request from Malaysian authorities concerning the whereabouts of Jho Low – one of the main defendants in the country’s 1MDB state fund scandal – since 2018.

In a report today (Wednesday), news agency Bloomberg indicated that Malaysian Inspector-General of Police, Abdul Hamid Bador, expressed that police authorities in the country had “strong indications” Low could be hiding in Macau.

Authorities indicated to MNA that in 2018, the PJ Sub-Bureau of the China National Central Bureau of INTERPOL received an information request from the country concerned and had already responded to it.

At the time, Malaysia’s Inspector-General of Police Tan, Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun, had indicated that the response from the Macau SAR had pointed that Mr. Low had left the city, in a period where Low was believed to have crossed to Macau after passing by Hong Kong.

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.

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.

Low was previously believed to be living in China, with Inspector-General Bador even indicating in February of this year that they had received intelligence that Low was in the Chinese city of Wuhan, despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Despite a request made by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), INTERPOL has yet to include fugitive businessman on its public red alert wanted list, with Malaysian authorities alleging the international body has the discretion to decide whether to only release these names to relevant authorities.

A Red Notice is a call for Interpol to locate and provisionally arrest an individual pending extradition.

It is issued by the General Secretariat at the request of a member country or an international tribunal based on a valid national arrest warrant. It is not an international arrest warrant.

The persons concerned are wanted by national jurisdictions for prosecution, or to serve a sentence based on an arrest warrant or court decision.