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A fugitive financier being hunted by Malaysian authorities for his role in the country’s multibillion-dollar 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal is hiding in the Chinese territory of Macau, Malaysian police said.

Low Taek Jho, commonly known as Jho Low, is accused of being the mastermind behind the theft of billions that were looted from sovereign wealth fund 1MDB.

The money was used to buy everything from a yacht to art in a fraud case that allegedly also involved former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Najib, who founded 1MDB, was on Tuesday sentenced to 12 years in jail and fined almost $50m on corruption charges relating to the scandal, which contributed to the downfall of his government in 2018. 

Malaysian police chief Abdul Hamid Bador said Low was in the semi-autonomous Chinese casino hub of Macau, but speculation about his whereabouts has previously placed him in various countries from the United Arab Emirates to mainland China.

“He is there with all the filthy money,” Abdul Hamid told the AFP news agency in a text message.

Asked why he had chosen to reveal Low’s location now, the police chief said allegations had been made that officers were “purposely slowing down on the effort to bring him to justice”. 

China, however, denied protecting Low on Wednesday, rejecting the accusations as “groundless and unacceptable”, before adding that police had investigated all possible leads but were unable to trace Low.

“The position of the Chinese government on combating crime is consistent and clear-cut,” the Chinese embassy in Kuala Lumpur said in a statement. “China does not, and will never, shelter foreign criminals.”

A spokesman for Low previously said Low had been offered asylum in an unidentified country.

In 2018, Macau authorities said they received a request from the Malaysian government concerning Low but gave no further details.

Charged in Malaysia and the US over the 1MDB scandal, Low has been accused by Najib’s lawyers of being the mastermind behind the scam and tricking the former prime minister.

Najib is still to face the conclusion of a second trial that began in August 2019 centred on allegations he illicitly obtained more than $500m. 



Source – www.aljazeera.com

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Muntu Blocked in Kamwenge

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Alliance for National Transformation presidential candidate Gen. Mugisha Muntu has been blocked from campaigning in Kamwenge according to a statement he released earlier today.Below is the full statement:

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Today in Kamwenge, as we have done since the start of the campaign season, we headed out to speak with the people. We had earlier in the week agreed on the venue with security agencies. No one had anticipated that it would rain as much as it did, making it impossible for us or the people to access.

After identifying an alternative place only 100m away from the original venue, negotiating with the owner and communicating the same to the public, we headed to the second venue only to be stopped by police.

Our policy has always been to do all we can to be reasonable, even in the face of unreasonable action on the part of the state. We engaged the police leadership in a civilized, respectable manner well knowing that they intended to not only frustrate us, but cause us to act in ways that would give them an excuse to cause chaos. This was on top of their intimidating the radio we had booked and duly paid to appear on.

While we are confident that we are on the right side of both the law and reason, we have chosen not to endanger the lives of our supporters or the general public by escalating the situation. We will do everything humanly possible to avoid a single life being lost or blood being shed on account of our campaign.

And yet this truth remains: the regime’s days are numbered.

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Is Johnson Byabashaija courting Enid Kukunda for protection?

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The very amiable Commissioner General of Prisons Canon Johnson Byabashaija was recently sighted with President Y K Tibuhaburwa Museveni’s second wife Enid Kukunda as the two had a very secretive meeting in one of the city hangouts.

According to our informers, the two seem to be in a deep conversation that they wouldn’t allow a housefly pass around. However, sources further reveal that Byabashaija could have courted the second lady for protection given that he has amassed a lot of wealth and could be a subject of investigations.

Our sources reveal that Byabashaija who carries himself as Mr.I know it all hasn’t met Madam Enid alone but a host of others with connections to the centre of power in the country.

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Bobi Wine released on Bail

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Presidential candidate and kyadondo East legislator Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu has been realeased on bail by the Iganga magistrates court where he appeared to defend himself against accusations of flouting COVID-19 campaign SOPs. A defiant Kyagulanyi took the opportunity to blast the incumbent Yoweri Museveni, whom he accuses of using state power to quell dissident.

This follows a tense week that has seen thousands injured and several dead following Hon. Kyagulanyi’s arrest earlier this week. Demonstrations and riots erupted in many parts of the country and heavy police and army deployment was seen all over the country.

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