Jho Low Accuses Dr M of Ignoring the Law

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Reacting to the prime minister’s statement that the Equanimity would be sold as soon as possible to the highest bidder.

  • Jho Low says the US hasn’t proven anything
  • Condemns Mahathir over “trial by media”
  • Accuses Mahathir of “putting words in the mouth of the US government, to which the PM replies he must be “greater than Trump”

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has once again shown that the proper legal process has no place in his regime, said a spokesman for Jho Low in a statement released through his attorneys on Sunday (Aug 12).

On Saturday (Aug 11), the Prime Minister said the RM1 billion Equanimity would be sold “ASAP” to the highest bidder to recover stolen money used to buy the superyacht as its value could depreciate.

Dr Mahathir said the US Department of Justice (DoJ) had assured Malaysia that the yacht belongs to Jho Low, bought using money stolen from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Responding to the Prime Minister’s remarks that the US had proven its case against Equanimity (Cayman) Ltd, the spokesman said that Low had been declared guilty by Dr Mahathir’s regime before a single piece of evidence has been produced in US courts.

“Mahathir’s trial by media has made it impossible for this matter to be fairly adjudicated, especially in his regime, which manipulates the Malaysian system as in the 1988 judicial crisis,” the statement read, referring to the sacking of senior judges during Mahathir’s first term in office.

“The truth is this: the US filed unproven allegations in a civil forfeiture complaint more than a year ago – then halted the proceedings before any party had any meaningful chance to respond.

“The allegations have ricocheted around the world for more than a year, repeated thousands of times. Thus, Mr Low has been declared guilty by the Mahathir regime before a single piece of evidence has been produced in US courts,” said the spokesman.

The spokesman, however, pointed out that the legal team appointed by Malaysia’s Attorney-General said it could take up to nine months to identify the owner of the Equanimity through the Malaysian court process.

“Mahathir now seems to be saying there will be no such process. Mahathir has contended that the US agreed Malaysia can keep the boat.

“But the US has said the opposite in court filings. Mahathir is not complying with either US or Indonesian court rulings; he is ignoring the law solely for political purposes,” said the spokesman, adding that the illegal taking of the yacht makes it impossible to sell it for fair value because of the still-open legal questions and the legal repercussions for any new owner.

The spokesman also claimed that Dr Mahathir’s regime has yet to explain the fact that while the US had stated in court filings it had no knowledge of the seizure of the Equanimity, the Malaysian Attorney-General said it was done after “sensitive and delicate negotiations with the US.”

“It is clear that the Malaysian government is lying and putting words into the US’ mouth.  

“These repeated misstatements by Malaysia are embarrassing the US, which has stressed it has no involvement in the illegal seizure of the vessel and will update the US court on Aug 17,” said the spokesman.

Responding to Low’s allegation, Dr Mahathir said today he must be “greater” than US president Donald Trump to be able to influence the US government.

“I must be very proud if I can put words into the mouth of US government. 

“I must be greater than Trump,” Dr Mahathir told reporters.

“Well, you can ask the US authorities whether I put the words. I typed out the thing properly and shove it down his throat. But he (Jho Low) should accept that,” he added.