Hornbill Unleashed

November 10, 2016

Yeo trial: Jho Low under probe since 2015, investigator says

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

Yeo-Jiawei-1The Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) said Thursday it is investigating elusive Malaysian tycoon Low Taek Jho, also known as Jho Low.

CAD investigation officer Oh Yong Yang told the court on day 8 of the trial of former BSI banker Yeo Jiawei that Low was being investigated in relation to money laundering linked to scandal-hit 1Malaysia Development Bhd.

He said Low’s close business associate Eric Tan Kim Loong and Mohamed Ahmed Badawy Al Husseiny were also being investigated, according to a report in the Straits Times(ST).

Oh said the three men were “persons of interest” in the CAD’s probe of the “complex, sophisticated and largest money laundering case involving billions of dollars in transactions” linked to 1MDB.

The ST report said Oh told the court that the men, and others, were also being investigated in other jurisdictions.

Oh disclosed that Low and Tan had been the subject of the CAD probe since 2015.

Al-Husseiny, an American, is the former chief executive officer of Aabar Investments, a unit of International Petroleum Investment Co, an Abu Dhabi government fund. He has been detained by Abu Dhabi authorities and is awaiting extradition on 1MDB-related charges, the ST report said.

Oh told the court that entities Aabar Investments PJS Ltd (Samoa) and Aabar International Investments PJS Ltd (BVI), along with two others, Aabar Investments PJS Ltd (Seychelles) and Aabar Investments PJS Ltd (BVI), featured in the CAD’s investigations involving Yeo, Tan, Low, Al Husseiny and others.

Yeo, who is on trial on four counts of obstructing justice, allegedly told Amicorp Group employee Jose Renato Carvalho Pinto how to structure funds for entities supposedly linked to the legitimate Aabar Investments PJS, a unit of Abu Dhabi state fund International Petroleum Investment Co.

Asked by the prosecution if these entities were linked to the legitimate Aabar Investments PJS, Oh said, “CAD has strong reasons to believe the four companies aren’t related to the sovereign wealth fund”.

The ST report said Yeo was the first of four Singaporeans implicated in the saga to go on trial. The nine-day trial ends on Friday. Yeo also faces seven other charges of cheating, forgery and money laundering, which will be heard next year.

The others – Yak Yew Chee, Yvonne Seah Yew Foong and Kelvin Ang Wee Keng – face charges of graft, forgery and failing to report information on suspicious transactions to the authorities, according to the ST report.

Source : FMT Online


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