Macau police have confirmed that they have received a request from the Malaysian authorities to arrest Malaysian businessperson Low Taek Jho but has yet to decide on the next course of action.
This was communicated through an email correspondence.
“On your enquiries about Low Taek Jho, the Macau branch of Interpol China’s National Central Bureau has received a request from the relevant country (to arrest him).
“The branch is still verifying the content of the request and will provide the relevant country with a reply as soon as possible,” said the Macau police's press office.
This was in response to requests for verification on inspector-general of police Mohamad Fuzi Harun’s statement earlier today that the Malaysian police have put up a formal request to its Macau counterpart to arrest Low, who is better known as Jho Low.
Low, who is being sought by the Malaysian police to facilitate investigations into 1MDB, is said to have fled to Macau from Hong Kong after a local police team arrived in Hong Kong.
"The latest we know he was in Macau.
"In fact, the other day, we sent our team to Hong Kong, but immediately when we arrived, he left to Macau," Fuzi had said last week.
The China special administrative region of Macau does not have any extradition treaties with other countries.
Low is a key figure in the 1MDB affair.
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) claimed in its civil forfeiture 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 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 the 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 Najib Abdul Razak, the former prime minister.