Court issues warrant of arrest against Jho Low and father

Police say the warrants against Jho Low and his father will enable them to seek cooperation from Interpol to issue a red notice to detect and arrest the duo. (Bloomberg pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Putrajaya Sessions Court today issued a warrant of arrest against controversial billionaire Low Taek Jho, or Jho Low, and his father, Low Hock Peng, to assist the probe into the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.

The warrant was issued after the court allowed an application by the police and the Attorney-General’s Chambers to seek the order so as to enable the two to be repatriated to face money laundering charges against them.

Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun, confirming the matter in a statement, said the warrants would enable the police to seek cooperation from Interpol to issue a red notice to detect and arrest the duo.

He said the warrants of arrest were obtained after the charges against Jho Low and his father were filed at the Putrajaya Sessions Court in accordance with Section 4 (1) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act (AMLATFA) 2001.

“The Commercial Crime Investigation Department has conducted an investigation into 1MDB for various criminal offences involving the financial transactions and businesses conducted by the company.

“The investigation papers were referred to the Attorney-General’s Chambers and a decision was made to charge the two individuals in court today,” he said.

According to media reports, the two are currently believed to be either in China or Abu Dhabi.