Family friend on Jho Low: Innocent until proven guilty

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GEORGE TOWN (June 12): Friend of Low Taek Jho's family Yan Lee has stated that “the public and authorities” should not to “prejudge” the fugitive businessman over the 1MDB corruption scandal, reported the Malay Mail today.

“In this Malaysia Baru that we have been fighting for, we finally get this change but we must still maintain that it was always innocent until proven guilty; otherwise our whole system, everything, breaks down,” Lee said during a media conference here today.

Lee explained that Low (pictured) aka Jho Low was “unwilling to return to Malaysia to stand trial over various charges linked to the 1MDB scandal” as the deal maker/businessman “did not expect to receive fair hearings”, reported the news portal.

Lee, who is part of the Citizens Awareness Chant Group (Chant), said he “was not absolving” Low of “the allegations but simply stressing the importance of fair and impartial trials”.

“No matter what, they must be innocent until proven guilty; once they are proven guilty, I will clap together with all Malaysians, but the court has to decide in the end of the day,” he said.

Lee also described Low as an “intelligent boy” in the latter’s school days and “a native of the state who attended Chung Ling High School”.