Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador today urged 1MDB-linked fugitive Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, to return to the country, promising that the businessperson and his family would be protected from any harm.
Hamid said Jho Low cannot be running from the law forever, and he should come back if he is truly innocent and prove it in court.
“I encourge them (Jho Low and his accomplices) to come back; don’t waste our time, for they can’t run forever,” he said at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur this morning.
“We have laws (in this country), so return. Do not only issue statements remotely through lawyers, denying this and that.
IGP shoots down ‘smuggle Jho Low ala James Bond’ proposal
Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador has shot down the prospect of smuggling fugitive businessperson Jho Low (photo, above), who is believed to be hiding in China, out of the country.
He was asked about the possibility of doing this using a private jet during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur this morning.
“That is James Bond country,” said Hamid.
The police chief said the best solution to address the matter would be to act according to the laws of the country where Low is seeking refuge.
“We can invoke Amla (Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001) and seek assistance.
“But doing James Bond style by breaking the law of that country doesn’t augur well with our approach.
“We are not going to do that. We are going to do it the proper, legal and transparent way,” he added.
Earlier, Hamid urged Low to return to Malaysia to face charges and assured the latter that he and his family would be given adequate protection.
Low, who has been described as the mastermind of the 1MDB scandal, has been charged in absentia both in Malaysia and the United States over the matter.
The police chief had on Wednesday claimed that his officers had obtained new leads into Low’s location, but refused to confirm speculation the latter was in China.
Last month, Chinese ambassador to Malaysia Bai Tian claimed to be in the dark about the Penang-born businessperson’s whereabouts.
He said Malaysia had asked for Beijing’s assistance to locate Low but authorities there were unable to locate him.