Hornbill Unleashed

November 10, 2016

Jho Low named by S’pore police in 1MDB probe – arrest the next step?

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

Singapore police identified Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho, also known as Jho Low, as a “key person of interest” in a money laundering probe surrounding 1Malaysia Development Bhd., according to testimony in court Thursday.

The country’s investigation into Low started in 2015, officer Oh Yong Yang said during an obstruction of justice hearing involving an ex-BSI SA banker, Yeo Jiawei. Oh described the probe as a complex sophisticated money laundering investigation involving billions of dollars.

Yeo is accused of obstructing justice in the sprawling corruption and money laundering probe, the first banker to be charged from the 1MDB investigations. The Malaysian investment fund is at the heart of multiple investigations across the globe, with U.S. prosecutors characterizing Low as the controller of a scheme involving dozens of illicit payments draining billions from 1MDB.

The Malaysian fund has consistently denied any wrongdoing. Low had previously described his role with 1MDB as informal consulting that didn’t break any laws. His Hong Kong-based company Jynwel Capital didn’t immediately reply to an e-mail request for comment.

Najib, who formerly chaired 1MDB’s advisory board, has consistently denied wrongdoing.

Singapore regulators have ordered BSI and Falcon Private Bank to stop operations for money laundering breaches in moving funds associated with 1MDB.

Yeo, the ex-BSI banker, usually addressed Jho Low as “boss,” Yeo’s former BSI supervisor Kevin Swampillai testified in Singapore court on Nov. 1. Yeo is believed to have worked with Low after leaving BSI, Swampillai said.

Other key people of interest to Singapore authorities include Low’s associate Eric Tan Kim Loong and former Aabar Investments CEO Ahmed Badawy Al-Husseiny, Oh said.

Yeo was also a consultant and adviser to Al-Husseiny, who was a former chairman of Falcon. The Monetary Authority of Singapore last month said Al-Husseiny “misled and influenced” Falcon’s Singapore branch to process unusually large 1MDB-related transactions despite multiple red flags.


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1 Comment »

  1. Malaysia@kleptocracy under UMNO BARU rule is one of the most corrupted countries in the world.But strangely we dont have anyone in prison for corruption.Even the PKFZ where rm13 Billion of public money was stolen,dont have anyone in prison,all have been acquitted because if hey jail one he or she will spill the beans and implicated other crocodiles.They always steal in a team,so they are quite safe from going to prison.One or two maybe arrested,jailed for few days then charged n out on bail and after a few years when the public has forgotten the case they are acquitted.This is the modus operandi of the Kleptocratic regime.Trump says in america the system is rigged but in Malaysia the whole system A-Z is rigged.

    Comment by almaz — November 11, 2016 @ 7:27 AM | Reply


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