Singapore police have denied reports that no request was made by the Republic to Hong Kong for the extradition of Low Taek Jho, the fugitive businessman who has been linked to the scandal surrounding Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB.
In a statement on Wednesday (11 July), the police said that a warrant of arrest was issued in April 2016 for the 36-year-old Malaysian, who is also known as Jho Low, following investigations and charges against him for money-laundering and dishonestly receiving stolen property.
In the same month, a request was sent to the Hong Kong Department of Justice to provisionally arrest Low, 36, under the terms of an extradition agreement between the Republic and the Chinese territory. This was declined by Hong Kong authorities, said the police.
In October 2016, the police also asked for the publication of an Interpol Red Notice against Low. This is a request by a member country of Interpol to locate and provisionally arrest a person based on a valid national arrest warrant.
Yahoo News Singapore understands that Hong Kong did not respond to the Red Notice request.
To date, both the warrant of arrest and Red Notice against Low are in force.
“Low remains a key person of interest to Singapore in ongoing 1MDB-related investigations,” said the police.
According to the latest media reports, Low has fled Macau for mainland China. The playboy businessman, who once dated supermodel Miranda Kerr, is accused of corruption, bribery and money laundering in several countries in connection with 1MDB.