Arrest warrant issued for Jho Low: Report

Mr Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, has said he will help in a probe linked to state fund 1MDB after Malaysia's anti-graft agency summoned him for questioning.
Mr Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, has said he will help in a probe linked to state fund 1MDB after Malaysia's anti-graft agency summoned him for questioning.PHOTO: THE STAR PUBLICATION

Papers issued against financier along with ex-director of 1MDB unit , graft agency source quoted as saying

KUALA LUMPUR • The Malaysian authorities have issued arrest warrants against two individuals said to be linked to the case involving former 1MDB unit, SRC International, Malaysiakini news site reported yesterday, quoting a source with the anti-graft agency.

The warrants were issued several days ago against financier Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, and former SRC International director Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil, the report said.

Bloomberg earlier reported the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) as also preparing arrest warrants against former 1MDB chief executive officer Shahrol Halmi and former Goldman Sachs banker Roger Ng.

Meanwhile, Mr Low said yesterday that he will help in an investigation linked to the scandal-hit state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad after the anti-graft agency summoned him for questioning.

Mr Low instructed his lawyers to make contact with the MACC after he was made aware they were seeking him for assistance, his representative said in an e-mailed statement.

The businessman has been described as the "best witness" to provide information on alleged crimes at 1MDB.

Mr Low, who previously said he did consulting work for 1MDB, is portrayed by some global investigators as a central figure behind some of the schemes involving missing funds at the state investment company. He has denied wrongdoing.

Malaysian investigators are focusing on a former 1MDB unit known as SRC International as they renew their investigations. The summon for Mr Low comes after the MACC recorded statements from former premier Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor in relation to SRC.

Media reports have placed Mr Low in various places around the world, including Thailand, Hong Kong and Australia, while it is unclear where Mr Nik Faisal is.

Tun Daim Zainuddin, who was appointed by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to help oversee Malaysia's renewed 1MDB probe, said he "roughly" knows where Mr Low is and has called for him to return.

The MACC is calling on members of the public with knowledge of their whereabouts to contact it.

Malaysia has enough evidence on Mr Low's crimes, Home Affairs Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said in a speech to employees at the ministry yesterday.

Meanwhile, Swiss national Xavier Andre Justo, a former executive at PetroSaudi International - which was a partner of 1MDB between 2009 and 2012 in an energy venture - has filed criminal complaints in London against several British companies and individuals involved in the deal.

In a public Facebook post yesterday, Mr Justo shared a family picture taken with his wife Laura and their young son at the New Scotland Yard premises in London.

BLOOMBERG, THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

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