SINGAPORE (Mar 5): Low Taek Jho, a central figure in the global financial scandal surrounding 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), has been something of an elusive character recently.

Last February, when a Bombardier Global 5000 private jet worth US$35 million ($46 million) belonging to Low was found parked at Seletar Airport and seized by local authorities, he was nowhere to be seen. And, on Feb 28, when Low’s US$250 million luxury yacht the Equanimity was seized by Indonesian authorities in Bali, the chubby businessman known for his flamboyant lifestyle was again nowhere to be found.

A spokesman for Low was, however, on hand to criticise the US Department of Justice (DOJ) for still not having taken steps to prove that any impropriety had occurred. “It is therefore disappointing that, rather than reflecting on the deeply flawed and politically motivated allegations, the DOJ is continuing with its pattern of global overreach — all based on entirely unsupported claims of wrongdoing,” the spokesman said in a statement, after news broke that the Equanimity had been seized.

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