IGP reveals Jho Low was in Wuhan, tells him to come back even if infected
Published: 4:18 pm | Modified: 6:49 pm
Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador revealed that intelligence services found that Jho Low had visited Wuhan, China, which is the epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak.
He quipped that the fugitive financier should return to Malaysia even if he had contracted the virus.
“Before this, our intelligence (services) traced him to being in Wuhan ((at some point). Who knows? I have asked KLIA to monitor if he (Low) comes back with Covid-19.
“Our Health Ministry is the best… nine patients (in the country) have recovered.
“So if Low is infected, ask him to come back and we will give the best treatment,” he told reporters in Kuala Lumpur today.
He was responding to a question if the police know if Low was in Wuhan in light of the coronavirus situation.
Hamid also reiterated that Low, who has been described as the mastermind of the 1MDB scandal, is on the International Criminal Police Organisation’s (Interpol) Red Notice list.
This was after some parties noticed the absence of Low’s name on the wanted list on the Interpol website.
Hamid clarified that Low’s name was absent because he is in the other list restricted only to authorities.
“There are two categories of Red Notice lists. One that can be shared with the public and the other is only restricted to authorities.
“So if there’s any party who says Low is not on the list, please come and see me in the office,” he added.
Previously, Low had hinted that he was offered asylum by a country in Europe in August last year based on “political persecution.”
In an interview with Singapore’s Straits Times last month, Low said the country in question adhered to the European Convention on Human Rights.
The businessperson had accused the Malaysian government of using his case as a diversion to divert international focus from the country’s internal problems.
“Malaysia should respect its international treaty obligations as opposed to ignoring the rule of law and pursuing a diversionary strategy in the media to distract from the real problems in Malaysia, such as racism, diminishing respect on the international stage, and others,” he said.
Despite being on the run, Low has frequently issued statements through his lawyers, maintaining his innocence in the 1MDB affair.
Malaysian authorities claim that Low, together with former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak, misappropriated millions of ringgit through 1MDB and its former subsidiary SRC International.