PETALING JAYA: Swiss whistleblower Xavier Justo (pic, left) has criticised fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, also known as Jho Low, for proclaiming his innocence involving 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) on his website, saying that his claims did not have any weight.
“The Jho Low website does not show any proof of his innocence. It is just a bunch of legal documents showing that he wants a few cases to be dismissed.
“It’s the way the justice system works, you can be as guilty as guilty is and ask for a case to be dismissed. It’s not a proof of innocence,” he told The Star on Monday (Sept 17).
Justo said he was appalled at Low’s attempts in trying to defend himself though a website, launched on Monday (Sept 17).
“Any decent person will face justice (in court) if he can prove that he is innocent,” he said.
He also said that he was amazed at Low’s ability to “use stolen money” to hire lawyers to stop the distribution of books, abuse the justice system and hire public relations officers to defend his reputation while also creating a website to tell “fairy tales”.
Justo also lamented Low’s bid to claim himself as a philanthropist, saying it was “pathetic”.
He added that Low’s act of blaming the media reminded him of 2015 when PetroSaudi had used and abused the media in claiming their innocence.
However, the former PetroSaudi International executive said the two men involved in the PetroSaudi case – owner Tarek Obaid and its chief investment officer Patrick Mahony – were now being investigated for money laundering and corruption of foreign public officials, among other crimes.
He pointed out that he was forced to lie and admit that PetroSaudi and former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak did no wrongdoing in regards to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) in January 2016.
“My confession was forced, this fact has been reported to justice,” he said.
Justo added that he looked forward to reading more materials from Low’s website, claiming that it should be read like a “comic book”.
Earlier, Low in a signed letter on the website, had claimed that he was innocent.
Low had urged the general public, courts, and prosecutors to “keep an open mind until all of the evidence comes to light”.
The website had also described Low as a “global philanthropist, investor and entrepreneur”.
Low’s current whereabouts are currently unknown, and he has been speculated to be hiding in China or the Caribbean.
He is wanted in Malaysia and Singapore over his involvement in orchestrating the theft of RM18bil from 1MDB.
He’s been charged in absentia in Malaysia with money laundering and Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has called on Low to return to the country to help with the probe.