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Three named in 1MDB-linked forfeiture suit have ‘run away’, court told

Three of the 18 individuals named in Putrajaya’s forfeiture suit over property and valuables linked to 1MDB could not be served papers because they have “run away,” the Kuala Lumpur High Court was told today.

Deputy public prosecutor Fatnin Yusof informed judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan that the prosecution will apply for the hearing to proceed without Kee Kok Thiam, Tan Vern Tact, and Geh Choh Hun.

All three individuals have alleged links to fugitive businessperson Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low. 

Kee, 47, had been assigned by SRC International’s CEO Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil to place cash deposits into former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak’s AmBank accounts.

SRC International is a former 1MDB subsidiary.

Kee had reportedly also been contacted by Low to help arrange VIP treatment for Nawaf Obaid, the brother of Tarek Obaid. Tarek was an executive from 1MDB’s joint venture partner PetroSaudi International.

RM1.52 million was seized from Kee’s accounts on May 11 this year.

Tan, 43, was an executive director at Utama Banking Group Bhd (UBG) and non-executive director at Loh & Loh and Putrajaya Perdana. The companies are linked to Low. 

RM6.44 million was seized from Tan’s accounts on May 11 this year. Geh, 40, was a close confidant of Low. He chaired the 1Malaysia Welfare Club of Penang, which was active in organising dinners and distributing cash donations to several organisations, including NGOs and three local Chinese media groups, during the 2013 general election.

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