PETALING JAYA: Is Low Taek Jho’s life in danger?
According to former Petrosaudi senior executive Xavier Justo, the fugitive Malaysian businessman could be a target by those who want him “silenced” to prevent him from being caught and testifying in the investigation into the 1MDB scandal in Malaysia and other countries, The Star reported.
“He is the one who knows everything from PetroSaudi to GoldmanSachs, IPIC and other 1MDB scams.
“For a lot of people, the best solution would be for him to disappear forever,” Justo was quoted as saying.
Justo added that his life too was threatened when he was in jail in Thailand, and feared that his extradition to Malaysia could have ended in his death.
“I would not be surprised if Jho Low is not seen anymore or is found dead.
“I don’t know where he is. Believe me, if I knew, I would inform the authorities,” he told the daily.
Justo was freed in December 2016 after he received a royal pardon and returned to his home country, Switzerland.
According to Justo, he met Low, who is better known as Jho Low, twice several years ago when he was working with PetroSaudi.
“I won’t go to China and I cannot go back to Thailand because I have been blacklisted from the kingdom for 100 years. I know Thailand is one of Low’s hiding spots,” Justo was quoted as saying by The Star.
Jho Low addicted to lavish lifestyle
He called Jho Low a big spender who was “addicted to a lavish lifestyle” and that would make it hard for him to hide anywhere in the world.
“Being a wanted man in many countries, it would be even more difficult for him to have access to many of his assets.
“This guy does not have many options. He would be arrested in pretty much any country. I think China is one of his last resorts. It’s also not easy for him to hide.\
“These people (Low and his kind) are big spenders. In a hotel, they would take an expensive suite.
“He would not hide forever in a small Cambodian fishing village. I am sure that even now he is living a high life, spending large amounts of money for bottles of wine and nice parties,” Justo was quoted as saying.
Justo has expressed his willingness to testify in 1MDB-related trials.
How many more lifes in danger?
There are questions to be asked about the suggestion that Jho Low could be eliminated.
After all, we have seen allegations of the murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu and deputy public prosecutor Kevin Morais being linked to former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
Even infamous carpet trader Deepak Jaikishan’s recent video clip talking about the duo’s direct involvement in Altantuya’s murder raises alarm bells.
Could his life be in danger too? How many other people, especially those who had worked in 1MDB and have remained away from Malaysia are under threat of being killed off?
How about those who have remained here or have returned and who could also be facing a threat to their lives. Is there protection provided for these whistleblowers.
In 2017, Sarawak Report had reported of a claim by Pascal Najadi, son of the former AmBank Chairman Hussain Najadi who was gunned down in broad daylight in Kuala Lumpur, suggested that his father’s assassination has links to the billions in Najib’s private bank account.
The deaths of Najadi, Morais, as well as Altantuya, raises so many questions on other people who died under mysterious circumstances, including former finance minister Jamaluddin Jarjis.
The former envoy to the United States died in a helicopter crash in April 2015, along with four other people, including his bodyguard.
More recently, his family have come into the spotlight when his mother sued to get a share of his estate worth a few billion ringgit.
The billions that Jho Low had allegedly had accumulated may ultimately not be enough to see him live to enjoy it, if what Justo said is true.
Jho Low made contact recently
“He did not call me but he called an officer of mine last week,” according to Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) chairman, Tun Daim Zainuddin in “Perspective Tun Daim” on Wednesday (Oct 31) on Astro Awani.
Low is still seeking immunity from the government of Malaysia but he has to return and give up names, according to Daim.