SINGAPORE (July 31): Macau has disputed Malaysian authorities' claim that Low Taek Jho, more commonly known as Jho Low, is hiding in the territory as authorities continue with efforts to locate and bring the fugitive financier home to face justice for his role in the troubled state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
The "unilateral" disclosure of information from the Malaysian police that Jho Low is in Macau is "not in line with facts and the rules and practices of international police cooperation", according to yesterday's statement by the Office of the Secretary for Security.
The Malaysian government had not notified Macau authorities or made any requests regarding the fugitive, the office said. Malaysia was informed in 2018 that Jho Low was not in the territory after the Macau sub-bureau of the China National Central Bureau of Interpol received a request from Malaysia.
Malaysia's court on Tuesday said that Jho Low had played a crucial role in transferring RM42 million of funds from a former 1MDB unit to former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's accounts. Najib was found guilty of all seven charges in the trial and faces 12 years in prison, along with a RM210 million fine.