Jho Low, who was reported to have struck a US$1 billion deal with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) linked to the 1MDB scandal, is said to be in the United Arab Emirates, but is seeking asylum elsewhere, a report said.
The Malaysian Insight said that Low is believed to have been shuttling between Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and other parts of the Middle East, as well as Europe, since June.
The flamboyant businessman is said to have “close relations with members of the royal families” in the Middle East.
Citing sources, the portal reported that Low was offered asylum in August under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and European Convention on Human Rights.
“He was offered the asylum as a result of Malaysia’s purported political actions and human rights violations against him,” a source told TMI.
Low’s lawyers, according to the portal, confirmed the asylum but did not divulge further details.
Another source was quoted as saying that Low was now protected under international law, in a manner akin to Malaysia refusing to deport Zakir Naik on the basis that the preacher would not receive a fair trial in his home country of India.
Low is wanted in several countries over his role in the 1MDB scandal.
Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador had said last month that Low was using his wealth to “buy influence” and was able to roam freely in an undisclosed country.
He further added that Malaysian police were negotiating with the country in question to bring Low back.
In September, police said they knew where Low was and hope to bring him back by the end of the year to help in investigations into the multi-billion scandal.
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