After having the seized the RM1 billion (US$250 million) super-yacht belonging to fugitive financier Jho Low, Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad now has his sights set on acquiring Low’s alleged former private jet that was confiscated by Singaporean authorities in February of last year.
Singapore authorities confirmed that Low’s Bombardier Global 5000 aircraft is indeed parked at Seletar Airport, but no formal request for its return has been received, The Straits Times reported.
“Singapore has not received any formal request from the Malaysian authorities seeking the return of the aircraft,” a police spokesman told ST, adding that any such request will be dealt with in accordance with Singapore’s legal framework.
Local authorities had previously been coy as to whether the private jet that they had confiscated last year was, in fact, the same private jet that is believed to be owned by Malaysia’s most wanted financier, Jho Low.
The jet is believed to be among the assets acquired from the US$1 billion allegedly misappropriated from state investment firm 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). Low is accused of purchasing the jet for US$35.4 million in 2010 using funds taken from 1MDB, stated the US Department of Justice.
PM Mahathir had spoken to reporters of the inevitability of bringing the plane back to Malaysian airspace: “Yes, I think so. We have to bring it back.”
Low’s alleged plane seats up eight passengers comfortably, and we have one single burning question:
Is this the same plane that flew Jamie Foxx, Leo DiCaprio, and Jonah Hill into two New Year’s Eve celebrations back to back?
With text by Coconuts KL; additional reporting by Coconuts Singapore
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