Jho Low flees Macau for China?

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A news report says the businessman is believed to have travelled by car or private jet.

Fugitive businessman Jho Low is said to be in mainland China. (AFP pic)

PETALING JAYA: Fugitive Malaysian businessman Low Taek Jho is believed to have fled Macau and is now in mainland China amid intensified efforts by Malaysian police to arrest him.

He is believed to have travelled by car or private jet. Quoting security sources, South China Morning Post said the exact whereabouts of Low, commonly known as Jho Low, remained unclear.

“It is almost without doubt safe to say that Low is now on the mainland. In fact, that is probably one of the reasons he came to Macau in the first place,” the source was quoted as saying.

The businessman is accused of corruption, bribery and money laundering by law enforcement agencies in several countries in connection with the 1MDB financial scandal.

Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said on Wednesday that the authorities had received an email from their Macau counterparts on July 9 telling them that Low had left the gaming hub.

“The email did not specify when Low left Macau. It is hard to trace him as he is believed to be using multiple passports,” he had said.

Yesterday, Macau police confirmed that Interpol Macau, a subdivision of Interpol Beijing, had received “the request of the relevant country (Malaysia)” regarding Low. Earlier it was reported that Low had slipped out of Hong Kong with his family and was hiding out in Macau.

In a brief statement, the Macau police was reported as saying that they were “verifying the content of the request”.

The PH government has cancelled Low’s Malaysian passport but he is believed to hold a passport from the tiny Caribbean island nation of St Kitts and Nevis.

The 1MDB probe has prompted multiple investigations worldwide, including a wide-ranging Swiss probe on suspicion of bribery of foreign public officials, as well as allegations of misconduct in public office, money laundering and criminal mismanagement.

Top cop: Jho Low left Macau but we don’t know where he’s gone