The Jakarta Post
Singapore-based agency Henly & Partners denied claims that fugitive Malaysian businessman Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, was its client. Low was allegedly involved in 1MDB corruption scandal.
In the article entitled “Malaysian fugitive businessman Jho Low believed to be using multiple passports to crisscross globe” that appeared in The Star, a source stated that Jho Low is believed to have obtained a Maltese passport through an investment-based citizenship scheme.
Henley & Partners -- the global passport and citizenship broker that Low engaged to secure his Cypriot passport -- was also the sole agent for the sale of Maltese passport, according to the source.
In a letter to The Jakarta Post on Wednesday, a representative of Henley & Partners said the company was not approached in advance by any media organization to comment on the story.
"We have not, therefore, had the opportunity to engage with the articles or the ‘evidence’ presented, which has been taken entirely out of context to fit a narrative that does not represent an objective assessment of the situation," the agency's head of public relations for Southeast Asia, Alina Morais, said in the letter.
Morais said Jho Low approached Henley & Partners in 2015 and the firm refused him as a client. It is therefore false, according to Morais, to state that Henley & Partners helped Jho Low acquire Cypriot citizenship.
Editor's note: The article “Malaysian fugitive businessman Jho Low believed to be using multiple passports to crisscross globe” has been taken from our partner, The Star, a member of the Asia News Network.