Apparently, authorities in Hong Kong and Macau refuse to comment after reports that the alleged mastermind behind the 1MDB scandal, Low Taek Jho or better known as Jho Low, who is wanted in connection with the 1MDB probe, had fled to Macau.
In a report by FMT, a spokesman from The Macau Security Bureau said that, according to the law, “Authorities do not disclose information about any individual who enters or exits across the border”. Sorry, dawg.
Police and the Justice Department of Hong Kong declined to comment on the matter. There is no extradition treaty between Macau and Malaysia, though Hong Kong has an agreement with Putrajaya for the delivery of escaped offenders.
Just like everyone involved in the 1MDB scandal, Jho Low is on the wanted list by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). Jho Low together with other high-ranking 1MDB officials allegedly siphoned USD4.5 billion from the fund between 2009 to 2015.
Last Wednesday, the Immigration Department confirmed that Jho Low’s passport was cancelled on 15 June at the request of the MACC to assist 1MDB investigations. But according to civil suits filed by the US Department of Justice on 1MDB, Low also owns a passport from St. Kitts and Nevis (2 Caribbean islands that comprise the nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis). Apparently, Jho Low is quite the beach boy.
Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that he is leaving it to the authorities to track down the fugitive financier.
“I have not been following the voyages of Jho Low. It is up to the authorities to look for him,” Dr Mahathir told a press conference after chairing the Pakatan Harapan presidential council meeting today.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun had on Thursday (July 5) said that Low, wanted for questioning, had given the Malaysian police the slip in Hong Kong and escaped to Macau.
He said Bukit Aman recently despatched a team to Hong Kong to locate the businessman as it was his last known location.
“But when we arrived, Jho Low had left for Macau. That is the latest we know,” he said.
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