Keep an open mind, I’ll be vindicated, says Jho Low

KUALA LUMPUR: Businessman Low Taek Jho has again said he will never get a fair trial in Malaysia even though he expressed confidence of being vindicated of the charges of embezzling 1MDB funds filed against him in Putrajaya today.

In the latest of a series of statements issued through lawyers and public relations firms, Low – on the run from Malaysian authorities who are now preparing to try him in absentia over charges of stealing billions of dollars from 1MDB – urged the public to keep an “open mind until all of the evidence comes to light”.

“This has been a case of trial-by-media from the start, and unfortunately, the circus continues,” Low, also known as Jho Low, said today in a statement emailed to FMT.

Police today confirmed that eight charges of money laundering were brought against Jho Low.

The charges are related to money laundering, and includes one against his father Low Hock Peng for transferring US$56 million to his son.

It also comes as 1MDB applied to the High Court to sell the RM1 billion luxury yacht Equanimity which was seized in Indonesian waters before being delivered to Malaysian authorities this month, after a special request by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to Jakarta.

Since the yacht’s arrival, Low has stepped up his attacks on Mahathir, calling the seizure of the yacht, which US investigators believe was bought using money stolen from 1MDB, as “illegal”.

Through a Sydney-based PR firm, Low today said any charges brought against him would be to divert attention from “the Mahathir regime’s disastrous seizure of the Equanimity yacht and their plan to sell it at auction without any attempt to verify ownership of the vessel through proper legal process”.

“It is abundantly clear that it would be impossible for Mr Low to get a fair trial in Malaysia, where the government has proven time and time again that they have no interest in the rule of law.”

The statement added that Jho Low was conferring with lawyers “to address this latest political reprisal”.

“But he stands by his earlier statements: He will not submit to any jurisdiction where guilt has been predetermined by politics and self-interest overrules legal process.”