KUALA LUMPUR — Aug. 13, 2019: It sounded more like wishful thinking but after recording the statements of former SRC International CEO Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil and fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho @ Jho Low overseas, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission was confident both would return to Malaysia to give evidence in a trial.
Nik Faisal’s statement was recorded in Jakarta on October 17, 2015, while Low’s was done in Abu Dhabi on November 27 the same year.
When asked by prosecutor Datuk Ishak Mohd. Yusoff why the two were not placed under bail bond, MACC special operations senior assistant commissioner Rosli Husain Rosli replied that it was because both had given their commitment and said they would cooperate in any trial, reports Bernama.
Rosli was testifying in the trial of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak who is facing several charges involving RM42 million from SRC International.
Investigations showed that Nik Faisal left the country on May 7, 2018, via Subang Airport while Low departed on May 29, 2015, via the KL International Airport.
According to Rosli, efforts to trace the men at their last known office and residential addresses had been unsuccessful.
Warrants of arrest were issued in May last year to get Interpol’s assistance to look for them. Interpol also issued a red alert last June that was distributed to cities and countries they were suspected to be in hiding in, including Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar and China.
The trial before judge Mohd. Nazlan Mohd. Ghazali continues.