UPDATE: South China Morning Post is now reporting that Low is believed to have left Macau for mainland China. Beyond that information, his whereabouts are unknown, and it is not known in what manner he left the former Portuguese enclave.
Fugitive financier Low Taek Jho, aka Jho Low, has fled Macau, according to Malaysia’s Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.
Macau authorities responded to their Malaysian counterparts, who were inquiring over Low’s last known whereabouts that were believed to be in the casino hub.
Speaking to a throng of reporters at the launch of the central police station, Bukit Aman’s, blood donation launch, he added that the email he received on the matter did not specify when Low left, and that police investigations into 1MDB were now complicated by his disappearance.
Low is wanted in connection to misappropriated billions from the sovereign wealth fund 1MDB. United States Department of Justice officials have alleged that items such as real estate, pricey art, and a luxury super-yacht were all purchased with ill-gotten 1MDB gains, and have begun the painstaking process of seizing the items that have now made their way around the world.
Having issued an Interpol Red Notice in June, a Bukit Aman team was sent to Hong Kong to track Low; however, by the time Malaysian officers arrived on the island, Low had already fled to Macau.
After having his Malaysian passport revoked by Immigration officials, Low is allegedly traveling on another country’s passport, believed by some to be from the Caribbean nation of St Kitts and Nevis. The island offers a lucrative deal that issues passports to individuals willing to contribute a significant investment to the nations.
Many of the world’s rich see a second passport itself as an investment, offering greater freedom for travel, should best laid plans go awry.