Country Protecting Jho Low Claims He Had Plastic Surgery, Now Looks Like a “Bear”

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The authorities in the country where Jho Low is believed to be hiding in is refusing to cooperate with the police.

According to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador, they are reluctant to provide information and have been giving “ridiculous excuses”, which includes claims that the 38-year-old Low has undergone plastic surgery and now looks like a “bear”.

“Among the excuses they gave include Jho Low apparently having changed his looks by undergoing facial surgery to look like a bear.

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“They say his face looks like a bear. I don’t know, but apparently he has now changed his looks,” Hamid said at an event in Tawau today.

Apart from this, the police chief revealed that the foreign authorities had also churned out other bizarre claims.

“There were times (they said) when he walked, he resembled a wild ox.

“Is that a logical excuse to be given by the authorities?” he asked without mentioning the country.

Hamid said he is still open to discussion with the authorities and is willing to listen to their conditions.

He said countries must cooperate on such matters instead of shielding criminals.

“This is a crime, he (Jho Low) stole a country’s money and he is accorded protection in another country,” he added.

Abdul Hamid’s comments comes after reports emerged that Low is now moving around under a Cypriot passport.

According to Cyprus-based Greek-language newspaper Politis, Low had been a Cyprus citizen for the past four years.

The report, reproduced by the Sarawak Report blog, said Low had obtained the passport through a well-known citizenship and passport broker Henley & Partners in 2015.

The report said Low bought an unfinished villa worth five million euros in Cyprus to fulfil the conditions on Sept 23, 2015.

The firm had previously commissioned a passport from the Caribbean island nation of St Kitts & Nevis.

Hamid said he was also looking into claims that Low held a Cypriot passport.

“We received a report on this that he (Jho Low) exploited them (the country) because they need money for their economy,” he added.