THE US has sent a team to Indonesia to reclaim Equanimity, the super yacht which belongs to Jho Low, who is at the centre of the Department of Justice’s ongoing civil asset forfeiture suits linked to 1MDB, reports Malaysiakini.
Last week, Indonesian authorities, working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, seized the yacht belonging to Low, or Low Thaek Jho, in Bali.
Low is said to be Prime Minister Najib Razak’s confidante and business adviser. 1Malaysia Development Bhd is Najib’s brainchild.
The businessman issued a statement via a spokesman criticising the DoJ of “global overreach” after the seizure.
Daniel Silitonga, the Indonesian deputy director of economic and special crimes in the Central Police Department, said the prosecutors have been in Jakarta for the past week.
“The prosecution team came last week for purposes of legal coordination between Indonesia and the United States,” Daniel was quoted as saying today.
He also told the portal that the case is now in American hands as the primary investigating authority.
“Indonesia is only assisting the FBI, so we will hand over all the evidence obtained and other related matters throughout the investigations here.”
Yesterday, former minister Rafidah Aziz asked why Malaysian authorities failed to find the yacht when divers like her could find it.
“I was reading with much dismay the stories about the mega-yacht having been impounded by Indonesian authorities in Bali. What happened to our own enforcement authorities?
“Did we never bother to actually track and find the yacht? Or are there some more horror scandals yet to be uncovered behind the yacht? Ada udang di sebalik batu (There is a hidden agenda),” she said in a Facebook post.
The RM1 billion yacht was allegedly purchased using funds siphoned off from the Malaysian sovereign fund.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak said there was no proof that funds from 1MDB were used to purchase the vessel.