Said to be in Dubai, Jho Low wants to meet the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) there.
Low’s lawyers are expected to meet with MACC officials in Dubai and discuss areas in which Low can assist in the probe involving the syphoning of billions of ringgit from 1MDB, The Malaysian Insight reported today.
Reportedly, 1MDB investigators believe that he can identify where other assets, including expensive jewellery, have been hidden.
According to the news portal, Low’s lawyers confirmed that discussions had commenced with Malaysian authorities, but declined to elaborate.
However, Malaysiakini reported that 1MDB investigation committee chief Abu Talib Othman is in the dark over the media report which claimed that Low has offered to meet the Malaysian 1MDB task force in Dubai.
He said he was not the person contacted by Low and his lawyers.
“I don’t know, (Low and his lawyers have) not contacted me,” he was quoted as saying.
The report said that the reason Low offered to have the meeting in Dubai was that because he is close to the influential stakeholders there.
The 37-year-old financier from Penang is wanted by the MACC to assist in its probe into SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former subsidiary of the beleaguered 1MDB fund, and he is also believed to be a key person in the 1MDB scandal.
It was reported that Malaysian authorities believe Low was accorded protection by China and several Middle East countries, including the United Arab Emirates.
Dubai has long been known as a haven for exiled politicians and those sought for offences in their home countries. This group includes former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
The MACC had stated they were seeking Low and SRC International director Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil, and arrest warrants have also been issued for the two.
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said recently that the government had an idea where Low was, but could not get him back as Malaysia did not have existing extradition arrangements with the country where Low is believed to be hiding.