Tune Talk CEO Jason Lo has admitted being arrested in Dubai last September, but denied it was over drugs possession.
- Lo said he had tried to help a friend involved in a fight
- The guy he jumped turned out to be an undercover cop
- Time in lock-up prolonged as cop stalled his statement for weeks
Harian Metro had earlier reported that the chief executive officer (CEO) of a Malaysian telecommunications company had been arrested at the Dubai International Airport shortly after his arrival from Amsterdam for drug possession in September.
The daily quoted a source as saying that United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities, upon inspection, found a stash of drugs in the luggage of the CEO, who was not named, on Sept 18.
The source also said the CEO was detained for two weeks at the airport’s detention centre for further investigation before he was charged and sent to the Al-Aweer Central Prison to serve his sentence and upon completing his jail term was released on Nov 7 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The report added that the CEO arrived safely back home in Malaysia on Tuesday.
The drugs were believed to be cocaine, according to The New Straits Times.
n a statement to theedgemarketmarkets.com on Thursday, Lo said he was sent to the police lockup after he attempted to help his friend who had tried to break up a fight.
“Here’s the story in case you didn’t know. I landed in Dubai, at the airport my friend tries to stop a fight. Then he gets hit and I jump the guy who turns out to be an undercover cop.
“I go to lock up and this guy stalls his statement for weeks. It was horrible. Not as horrible as coming out and hearing rumours of being locked up for every other reason under the sun,” Lo was quoted saying.
Lo added that said his time in lock-up was prolonged because the undercover policeman failed to give his statement.
“I go to lock up and this guy stalls his statement for weeks. It was horrible. Not as horrible as coming out and hearing rumours of being locked up for every other reason under the sun,” the singer was quoted as saying.
Yesterday, FMT news portal reported that its checks with Wisma Putra, the Home Ministry and the Malaysian police drew a blank, with each saying they had no details on the case.
It was also reported that the alleged date of the arrest, Sept 18, was a day before Dubai hosted an annual telecommunication conference, ‘Telecoms World Middle East 2017’.
Lo was the sole Malaysian speaker listed on the conference website.
According to the news portal, Tony Fernandes, whose Tune Group owns Tune Talk, rubbished news of Lo’s detention, saying: “No such thing…. Where do you get this rubbish?”
He told FMT that he had just spoken with Lo.
“He took a break. He’s going to be doing something different for me,” Fernandes was quoted as saying.