Last month, Najib had reportedly asked for witness protection which he later denied, and now Jho Low is asking for the same.
- Jho Low represented by New York-based legal firm specialising in cross-border investigations
- Meeting allegedly happening within “two or three weeks”
- Negotiations on terms for meeting reportedly ongoing
Expressing his interest to cooperate with Malaysian authorities, Jho Low wants witness protection in return.
Citing sources, The Star said Low is prepared to meet with 1MDB investigators in Dubai and has conveyed this to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) through his lawyers.
The dates for the meeting in Dubai between MACC and Low’s lawyers have not been set.
The lawyers are from the New York-based firm of Kobre & Kim which specialises in cross-border investigations and disputes.
Dubai has been Jho Low’s safe haven and playground over the years.
He had been sighted there on numerous occasions since 2013, including meeting with top 1MDB officials and Malaysian politicians and throwing lavish parties graced by celebrities.
The Malaysian authorities believe that Low had travelled to countries such as China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau, as well as several Middle East countries, including the United Arab Emirates, to evade arrest.
Last week, it was also reported that former SRC International director Datuk Suboh Md Yassin, who is on the wanted list, had surrendered to MACC after he returned from overseas.
He has been given full witness protection after his statement was taken.
SRC International, a subsidiary of 1MDB, was alleged to have transferred RM42 million into former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s bank account.
Meanwhile, The Sun Daily has reported that the MACC has tentatively agreed to Low’s request to have his statement recorded in Dubai.
It cited sources saying that an MACC team undertaking the investigations will leave for Dubai at a time to be decided to meet Low within the next “two or three weeks”.
The daily said that discussions to negotiate terms for the meeting are ongoing between lead investigators and his lawyers.