Jho Low, the alleged mastermind behind the looting of Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund, 1Malaysia Development Berhad, has been using his connections to Kuwaiti Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah to move money and elude authorities. A Wall Street Journal report traced transactions made through front companies involving businessmen in Malaysia, Kuwait, France and the Cayman Islands to piece together how Low has maintained his freedom while accessing funds he allegedly stole from the fund:
The Kuwaiti ties brought Mr. Low new protectors, new business deals and new channels for moving money. Banks there handled hundreds of millions of dollars tied to Mr. Low’s activities, including millions in payments to companies in the U.S. and U.K. to cover his mounting legal bills, according to people familiar with the transactions and documents reviewed by the Journal.
Jho Low has been on the run for at least two years, as Malaysian and United States authorities attempt to apprehend him and freeze his assets. The scandal involves employees at Goldman Sachs, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the former prime minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak.