KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 6): Dear Jho Low, we refer to the interview you gave to The Straits Times (ST) of Singapore and would like to ask you the following:
1. If you are innocent, why did you give up US$1.0 billion worth of assets to settle with the US Department of Justice (DoJ)? We are not talking about US$10 million or even US$100 million. This is US$1.0 billion! Who in his right mind would give this up if he is innocent? And didn't you tell your favourite newspaper ST that in the US "the rule of law is respected and where people are considered innocent until proven guilty"? So, if you are innocent, why don't you fight it out in a US court where you say justice can prevail?
2. If the money did not come from 1MDB as you claimed, what was the source of money you used to acquire these US$1.0 billion worth of assets that you are giving up? If it is from money your grandfather built up, as you have previously claimed, we refer you back to our first question. Why did you so readily give up what your grandfather built to settle with the DoJ if you are innocent?
3. Who is the principal if you are the intermediary? You claim that you were only an intermediary. An intermediary to a crime is also a criminal, your lawyers should be able to tell you that. We assume your principal was Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who, by the way, now pins all the blame on you, going by the defence he is putting up in court. Najib alleges that you were the principal. You claim you are just the intermediary. Are you accusing Najib of lying?
Anyway, we say you were joint principals and were each other's alter ego throughout the years the scheme to scam 1MDB was in play.
4. Where are you now? You say you can't disclose where you are for safety reasons. Yet, you got ST to say you are likely in the United Arab Emirates. We say this is simply a red herring to divert attention from where you are — China.
Stop the nonsensical spin you are doing with help from your friends in The Singapore ST. No one believes it anyway. Come back to your country of birth to defend yourself. Don't run and hide. Only cowards and the guilty do that.
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