‘Jho Low has fled Macau for China’

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KUALA LUMPUR — Fugitive Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho, or Jho Low, has fled Macau for China, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported yesterday.

The daily said Low may have travelled to China — Malaysia’s largest trading partner — by car or in a private jet.

“The exact whereabouts of Low Taek Jho — who had earlier skipped Hong Kong for the world’s richest casino hub while facing an Interpol arrest warrant — are unclear,” the report said.

“But sources have told SCMP that Low, 37, is now on the mainland, having travelled from the former Portuguese enclave either by car or private jet.”

SCMP also quoted an anonymous Macau security source as saying “it is without a doubt” Low is currently in mainland China, adding that the Penang-born financier probably went to Macau to leave for the republic.

Earlier yesterday, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said Low had left Macau for an unknown destination. He said he had received an email from Macau police on Monday informing him of the latest development.

“They did not mention the date he left and our immigration director said they believe he has multiple passports or passes,” he told reporters here.

Mohamad Fuzi said Malaysian police have yet to verify the information, but added that this would make tracking down Low tougher.

Last month, Mohamad Fuzi had said Bukit Aman had requested Interpol to issue a Red Notice against Low.

He said it was sufficient to track down Low, who is wanted in both Malaysia and Singapore to facilitate investigations into the multi-billion ringgit 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) financial scandal that has seen former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak charged with criminal breach of trust and corruption.

At that time, Low was believed to have been staying in Hong Kong for months in an upscale apartment together with his friends and family, according to reports by SCMP.

The Hong Kong daily subsequently reported that Low left for Macau last week, and suggested that he may have applied for asylum there.

Malaysia has no extradition treaty
with Macau.