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No Interpol member state has confirmed Jho Low's presence, says top cop

Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani says efforts to track down the fugitive businessman remain ongoing.

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Fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho. Photo: AFP
Fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho. Photo: AFP

An extradition request for fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, cannot be made as no Interpol member state has confirmed his presence in their country, says Inspector-General of Police Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani.

He said efforts to track down Low were still ongoing and that all information received about his whereabouts in foreign countries was checked for validity, including through cooperation with the authorities in the countries concerned.

"Parties who have information regarding the location of Jho Low are requested to channel it to the Commercial Crime Investigation Department's Infoline at 013-2111222 (WhatsApp only) or to head to the nearest police station.

"Every piece of information received will be scrutinised for validity and will be channelled to Interpol to seek further verification assistance from the member countries involved," he said in a statement.

He said the red notice (fugitive wanted for prosecution) issued by Interpol to 195 member countries served to inform and seek information assistance regarding the whereabouts of fugitive criminals.
He said if any member country detects the whereabouts of a wanted criminal, Interpol there would be responsible for channelling the information to the country that obtained the red notice for the extradition application process.

He said the police remained committed to ensuring that Low was arrested and brought to justice, including through the filing 13 charges in court against him in absentia involving 1MDB.

He said the police had also sought and obtained a red notice against Low in 2018.

"In addition to the police, foreign authorities in Singapore and the US are also investigating Low. Both countries have filed charges against Low," he said.

It was previously reported that "Billion Dollar Whale" co-author Bradley Hope had claimed in the first episode of the programme "Where is Jho Low? The Search for the 1MDB Fraud Mastermind", broadcast on YouTube, that Low was believed to have been detected abroad in 2019.

In that episode, Hope, along with co-author Tom Wright, shared a photo showing Jho Low with two unknown individuals at a restaurant in a theme park in a foreign country. Hope claimed that the photo, dated Dec 24, 2019, was received from a reliable source.

Low is wanted to assist in 1MDB investigations.