The DPM’s Office has refuted reports of Interpol’s assistance to locate Jho Low.
According to the government:
- “there is no case to be convicted” in relation to Low’s links to 1MDB
- the police “has closed the case file” on Low
The following is the statement from the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office, as reported by national news agency Bernama, on Zahid’s answer to Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali’s supplementary question about Interpol’s assistance to locate businessman Low Taek Jho or Jho Low, at the Dewan Rakyat sitting earlier yesterday.
“The Deputy Prime Minister’s Office strongly refuted social media reports which have manipulated the answer given by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi that the PDRM is seeking Interpol’s assistance to locate businessman Jho Low.
The Deputy Prime Minister in his reply to Gombak MP’s supplementary question at the Parliament sitting today clearly stated that there was no case to be convicted.
Good relation between PDRM and Interpol was well established in the investigation of this case.
As at today, PDRM has closed the case file and there were no other requests made by Interpol concerning the case.
However, the social media reports implied that new efforts were being done to locate Jho Low. That is so untrue.”
Yesterday morning, it was reported that Malaysia has requested Interpol to help locate Jho Low.
Reports said Zahid, who is also Home Minister, was responding to a supplementary question from Azmin, who is the Gombak MP, in the Dewan Rakyat, about Interpol’s assistance to locate Jho Low.
The following was Zahid’s answer:
“Regarding this case, we have indeed made a request to Interpol to look for the whereabouts of the person mentioned by the Gombak MP.
We are very confident that Interpol has acted professionally and PDRM still have not received any detailed information from Interpol.
But we are confident what has been done by international bodies especially intelligence agencies had been finalised and we are certain the case is no longer relevant except to be raised by politicians dissatisfied about it.”
In August last year, Bank Negara Malaysia raised eyebrows after completing all investigations into 1MDB and closing the case.
As for the question of Interpol’s role in locating Low, it was first raised in 2015.
The Home Ministry had said then in a written reply that Interpol had been unsuccessful in locating the individuals, including Jho Low, wanted for questioning to facilitate investigations into 1MDB.
Meanwhile, according to MarineTraffic, the ‘Equanimity’ – said to belong to Jho Low – was spotted in Indonesian waters yesterday.
Malaysiakini reported that the maritime database website recorded the superyacht docking at Sabang, a town in Pulau Weh, northern Aceh, at about 9am Malaysian time.
It said MarineTraffic later indicated that the yacht left Sabang at about 4pm local time.