The fugitive businessman says he won’t submit to any jurisdiction where guilt has been pre-determined.
- Claims it’s a case of trial-by-media
- Asks the public to keep an open mind, says he will be vindicated
- Calls the seizure of his yacht “illegal”
- Denounces Malaysia’s bid to sell it as a “sham”
A statement issued by his attorneys through a spokesman suggested that the charges were designed to distract attention away from the Malaysian government’s plan to sell the Equanimity without first verifying ownership through proper legal process.
The statement said Jho Low was conferring with his lawyers on what legal action he could take to address the charges.
He has again said he will never get a fair trial in Malaysia even though he expressed confidence of being vindicated of the charges of embezzling 1MDB funds filed against him in Putrajaya today.
“Mr Low is conferring with his lawyers regarding what legal action he can take to address this latest political reprisal, but he stands by his earlier statements: He will not submit to any jurisdiction where guilt has been predetermined by politics and self-interest overrules legal process,” read the statement issued on Friday (Aug 24).
“This has been a case of trial-by-media from the start, and unfortunately, the circus continues,” Low said.
He urged the public to keep an “open mind until all of the evidence comes to light”.
Since the yacht’s arrival, Low has stepped up his attacks on Dr Mahathir, calling the seizure of the yacht, which US investigators believe was bought using money stolen from 1MDB, as “illegal”.
“Instead, as a publicity stunt, Mahathir has unnecessarily put this financial burden on the Malaysian government and, given the illegal manner in which he took the asset, it is unlikely any bid will come close to its fair market value,” the statement said.
He has described Malaysia’s legal proceedings to quickly sell the Equanimity as a vindictive “sham”.
“This is nothing more than a sham hearing as part of an unjust and arbitrary legal process subject to the whims of a vindictive regime regarding an asset whose ownership has yet to be determined,” it said.
The Kuala Lumpur Admiralty Court today allowed the sale of the superyacht.