Lawyer: Jho Low’s refusal to face trial smacks of arrogance

Fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho has accused the administration of Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad as having no regard for the rule of law. (Bloomberg pic)

PETALING JAYA: A lawyer has described fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho’s refusal to return to Malaysia to face trial over the 1MDB financial scandal as unbridled arrogance.

SN Nair said there was no running away from the law as international law enforcement agencies will eventually arrest him to face criminal charges.

Low obviously wants to rile up the government, he told FMT in response to the fugitive businessman accusing the administration of Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad as having no regard for the rule of law.

Low, better known as Jho Low, proclaimed his defiance in a statement released yesterday by Sydney-based public relations firm Wells Haslem Mayhew Strategic Public Affairs.

It was issued in response to a warrant of arrest issued against Low by a Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with the 1MDB scandal.

A part of the statement reads: “Mr Low maintains his innocence. As has been previously stated, Mr Low will not submit to any jurisdiction where guilt has been predetermined by politics and there is no independent legal process.

“It is clear that Mr Low cannot get a fair trial in Malaysia, where the regime has proven numerous times that they have no interest in the rule of law.”

Nair said Low’s uncouth behaviour will not endear him to the authorities when he is apprehended.

He said Low was deliberately hiding from the authorities.

“Not getting a fair trial is a standard feeble line (of defence) used by a suspect,” he said, adding that Low’s conduct also demonstrated that he may not be innocent as claimed.

A Magistrate’s Court in Kuala Lumpur issued warrants of arrest against Low, his aide Tan Kim Loong, former 1MDB general counsel Loo Ai Swan, former 1MDB executive director Tang Keng Chee and ex-1MDB official Geh Choh Heng.

In August, Low and his father Larry Low Hock Peng were charged with offences under the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001 over money allegedly stolen from 1MDB.

Jho Low was slapped with eight counts of money laundering.

He is also facing charges by the US Department of Justice over funds allegedly misappropriated from 1MDB and paying bribes to various Malaysian and Abu Dhabi officials.