Malaysia police chief says no confirmation of Jho Low's reported arrest

News that fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho has been detained in China is unconfirmed as the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing has not received any information on the arrest.
News that fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho has been detained in China is unconfirmed as the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing has not received any information on the arrest. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA LUMPUR/BEIJING (BERNAMA, THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - There is still no news of the alleged arrest of fugitive financier Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, Malaysia's police chief said on Friday (July 20).

Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun told reporters he has checked with his counterpart in China but received no confirmation of Low's supposed arrest reported by Sarawak Report on Wednesday.

The news portal, citing a radio station in Hong Kong, said Low was being detained in the mainland pending Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's planned visit next month. Low is wanted in a global corruption probe in connection with the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) state fund.

“I can confirm there is still no news of his arrest,” Mohamad Fuzi told a press conference after witnessing the handing over ceremony for the Bukit Aman Management director's post at the Police Training Centre on Friday (July 20).

A Malaysian Embassy source contacted by Bernama could not confirm the report either.

"So far, we at the embassy have not received any information on Jho Low's arrest," the source was reported as saying earlier Friday.

Mohamad Fuzi said Malaysian police had previously managed to trace Low to Hong Kong, Macau and China, but did not have firm information about his current location.

 

Mahathir said on Thursday (July 19) that he also had no information on whether Low has been detained.