Jho Low arrested? Not yet, says top cop

The fugitive financier Jho Low is at the centre of corruption and money laundering allegations involving 1MDB. (Bloomberg pic)

PETALING JAYA: The police have denied that fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, who is at the centre of the 1MDB controversy, had been arrested in China and was being deported to Malaysia.

A message claiming that the flamboyant financier was nabbed by the Chinese government had made the rounds on social media earlier today.

“Transpired from Huawei deal talk by Mahathir,” it read, “The matter has been maintained as confidential for the time being.” The Huawei reference was possibly to a speech by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad last week that Malaysia would continue to use Huawei technology “as much as possible”.

However Inspector General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador rubbished the message.

“We are working towards that end but nothing has been finalised as yet. That message is incorrect,” he said.

A few days ago, Hamid had said Low was expected to be detained soon. He had said last week that the police had obtained new leads on Low’s whereabouts.

Low, who is wanted by Malaysian authorities in connection with the 1MDB scandal, is believed to have been hiding in Macau. It was also believed that he had fled to China, although a Chinese official denied the claim last year.

Low is sought by law enforcement agencies in several countries, for investigations into corruption, bribery and money laundering.