When you’re an international fugitive on the run, wanted by more than one government agency, in more than one country, the most important thing after lots of liquid cash and a steady supply of clean underwear, would have to be a passport.
For Malaysia’s most famous fugitive, Jho Low, it seems that he’s now without valid travel documents from St Kitts and Nevis, who reportedly deactivated his passport in June of this year. After our country’s Immigration Department confirmed that they took had canceled the fugitive’s passport in July, it seems that Jho is running out of travel options.
St. Kitts Prime Minister Timothy Harris’ government canceled his passport via Interpol, according to reports in New Straits Times, after reports emerged that Jho was a wanted by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.
Last week, Jho, along with two Goldman Sachs bankers, were also charged by the United States Department of Justice. One of the individuals has already plead guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery, along with conspiracy to commit money laundering. The other is currently said to be fighting his extradition to the US, where both he and Low, face a litany of charges including conspiracy to launder billions embezzled from 1MDB.
Jho is said to have secured a St. Kitts passport through their “economic citizen” program: You give their government US$150,000 of “investment” and citizenship is yours, without ever having had to have even visited, or live there.
A 2017 report from the Department of Justice stated that Jho was using two passports for travel: One from Malaysia, and another from St. Kitts and Nevis. It is unknown if he has procured a third means of travel, or how he residing legally wherever he is.