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Cat and mouse game continues - Jho Low now in China, claims report

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Fugitive Malaysian-born businessperson Jho Low continues to hop across borders with a news report claiming that he is now in China.

Citing sources, the South China Morning Post said while Low's exact whereabouts in China are unknown, he is believed to have fled Macau either by car or private jet.

“It is almost, without doubt, safe to say that Low is now on the mainland. In fact, that is probably one of the reasons he came to Macau in the first place," a security source was quoted as saying.

Malaysia has an extradition treaty with China.

Malaysian police had been closing in on Low in Hong Kong when he fled to Macau.

However, the 37-year-old businessperson who is wanted in connection with the 1MDB scandal, had left Macau while Bukit Aman was seeking assistance from the region's authorities.

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) claimed in its suits that the businessperson was involved in multiple instances where 1MDB funds were allegedly misappropriated.

He is accused of having used 1MDB funds to purchase a superyacht the Equanimity; jewellery for model Miranda Kerr; and also a US$27.3 million pink diamond necklace for the wife of Malaysian Official 1 (MO1).

The DOJ claimed the pink diamond was purchased using US$620 million that MO1 claimed to have returned to a royal Arab donor, but was instead channelled to accounts allegedly controlled by Low.

MO1 has been identified as former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak, who has denied abusing public funds for personal gain.

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