Immigration DG: Jho Low’s Passport Cancelled

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PUTRAJAYA, Jul 4 – The Immigration Department has cancelled businessman Low Taek Jho’s, better known as Jho Low, passport on June 15. Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said the cancellation was made at the request of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull over the 1MDB investigation.

“His passport has been cancelled, so any action will be taken overseas because he no longer has a Malaysian passport, if he wants to travel action will be taken on him by the authorities there,” he told the media at the Immigration Department’s Adilfitri do here today.

The Prime Minister’s Office had earlier announced the setting up of the special 1MDB investigation taskforce to conduct a thorough investigation, detection and confiscation of assets and the prosecution of individuals who committed any criminal offence in the management of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). 

In the meantime, Mustafar said it had been confirmed that the Sungai Besar UMNO division chief Datuk Jamal Yunus was overseas. “It is believed Jamal used rat routes to escape via Tanjung Balai, Indonesia, and he has been arrested in South Jakarta. He is now detained by the Indonesian authorities and will be sent back to Malaysia and we will prosecute him for the relevant immigration offences,” he said.

Two days ago, Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin confirmed that Jamal had been arrested by Indonesian police. The former candidate for Umno Youth chief is wanted by the police to assist in investigations into nine cases. He absconded during the bail process conducted at Ampang Puteri Hospital on May 25, where he was seeking treatment.

Jamal was charged under Section 290 of the Penal Code for public nuisance following his protest in October last year against the Better Beer Festival 2017 by smashing beer bottles in front of the Selangor State Secretary Building in Shah Alam. — Bernama

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