Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali will file legal action against inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar next week after the latter ignored his notice of demand to pursue and extradite controversial businessperson Low Taek Jho.
Azmin’s lawyer Latheefa Koya told Malaysiakini that her client will now no longer wait for the 14-days notice to expire before pursuing his next course of action.
“Our client, YAB DS Azmin Ali has given the IGP an opportunity to carry out his statutory duty to bring Jho Low back for investigation.
“But since he is not interested, we will see him in court,” she said when contacted yesterday.
Latheefa said this in response to Khalid who yesterday said investigations into 1MDB are still ongoing and so, he does not want to respond to Azmin’s demand for the police to pursue Low, or Jho Low, as he is widely known.
“So, go ahead, take legal action. I’ll wait for it,” Khalid had said during a press conference at the Royal Malaysia Police College in Kuala Lumpur.
Latheefa had on Wednesday said the notice dated Aug 1 was sent with regards to taking steps to secure the arrest and extradition of Jho Low to Malaysia over his alleged involvement in offences under the Penal Code linked to the 1MDB financial scandal.
According to the notice, Low is suspected of involvement in a criminal breach of trust under Section 406 or Section 409 of the Penal Code, as well as going against provisions of the Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Act 2001.
Low, whose whereabouts remain unknown, is closely linked to the 1MDB scandal, which saw billions of ringgit in funds allegedly syphoned off by certain individuals.
He has denied the claims directed at him.
Earlier last month, a spokesperson for the businessperson was quoted in a news report as claiming that attempts to link him to those who pleaded guilty in Singapore’s 1MDB-related court cases were “based on unfounded assumptions“.
This was in response to reports that prosecutors in Singapore had told a state court that Low was the central figure in the probes linked to 1MDB, and had misappropriated monies from the state fund.