Jho Low Proclaims Innocence on New Site

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Claims that authors of Billion Dollar Whale passing off ‘gossip’ as facts.

The man accused of stealing billions from 1MDB proclaimed his innocence on his website launched on Monday.

“With hindsight, I may have done things differently, like any young person, but any mistakes I made do not amount to the sweepingly broad and destructive allegations being made against me,” Low, 36, said in a signed letter on the site.

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“Let me be clear: I am innocent.”

Low, whose whereabouts are unknown, is described as a “global philanthropist, investor and entrepreneur” on the website. He’s been charged in absentia with money laundering and Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has called on him to return to Malaysia to help with the probe.

“I have been paraded in effigy through the streets of Kuala Lumpur and photographs from my younger days plastered in tabloids across the globe,” Low wrote.

“I only ask that everyone – courts, prosecutors and the general public – keep an open mind until all of the evidence comes to light.”

Low said he set up the website Jho-Low.com to “set the record straight” on the plethora of allegations filed by government agencies worldwide.

“This website is an effort to change that. My goal is to provide a balanced view of the allegations and the truth behind these matters,” he wrote in a letter that carried his signature.

Low also said he would provide court documents and other materials, including excerpts from news reports to defend himself from the “global media circus”.

Dismissing the bid by the fugitive billionaire to clear himself via a revamp of his personal website, DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang noted the public relations campaign is only starting now as criminal charges are being made over the Malaysian corruption scandal.

Lim also suggested that Low’s efforts were part of a two-prong offensive with former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to reject blame for their alleged roles in the scandal, and suggested it would not have emerged had Barisan Nasional (BN) won the general election.

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“Let me put to Jho Low bluntly, if he is innocent, he should return home to vindicate himself instead of being an international fugitive from more and more countries,” Lim said in a statement.

He also asked Low if the latter’s website was an attempt at damage control over allegations contained in the Billion Dollar Whale book that he tried to aid BN in its failed general election campaign.

Low relaunched his personal website this week in an attempt to tell his side of the 1MDB saga.

His primary targets have been recent books on the scandal, especially Billion Dollar Whale by Wall Street Journal’s Tom Wright and Bradley Hope, which lawyers believed to represent him have tried to force off bookshelves by way of legal threats.