TheJakartaPost

Please Update your browser

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.
Just click on the icons to get to the download page.

Jakarta Post

Indonesia seizes yacht in Bali wanted by US investigators

  •  

    Agence France-Presse

Denpasar   /   Wed, February 28, 2018   /   07:10 pm
Indonesia seizes yacht in Bali wanted by US investigators Indonesian officials prepare to board the luxury yacht 'Equanimity', reportedly worth some 250 million USD and owned by Jho Low, a former unofficial adviser to the Malaysian fund 1MDB, at Benoa Bay in Bali on February 28, 2018. A luxury yacht sought by US authorities was seized February 28 off the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, officials said, with the vessel reportedly linked to a corruption scandal at Malaysia's state investment fund. (AFP/Rully Prasetyo )

A luxury yacht sought by US authorities was seized Wednesday off the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, officials said, with the vessel reportedly linked to a corruption scandal at Malaysia's state investment fund.

Authorities boarded and searched the Cayman Island-registered vessel, which is reportedly worth some $250 million and is owned by Jho Low, a former unofficial adviser to the Malaysian fund 1MDB.

The US Justice Department alleges in civil lawsuits that $4.5 billion was looted from 1MDB in an audacious campaign of fraud and money-laundering.

"Based on the US investigation, part of the money was used to buy a yacht which has been sailing in Indonesia," said Daniel Silitonga, a senior Indonesian police official, who declined to specify whether the US hunt for the boat was linked to the 1MDB case.

"We are still investigating who the owners of the yacht are."

Some Indonesian and Malaysian media reported that the boat was owned by Low.

The ship's captain and 34 crew are being questioned, Silitonga said.

Metro TV showed footage of what it described as Indonesian and American investigators boarding the yacht and questioning the crew.

The scandal surrounding 1Malaysia Development Berhad ( 1MDB ) has rocked the administration of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Najib, who founded 1MDB in 2009, has battled allegations that billions were looted from the investment vehicle in a vast campaign of fraud and embezzlement around the globe.

Najib and the fund deny any wrongdoing.