'M'sia not seeking Interpol help to locate Jho Low'

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However, the reports had made it seem as if there is a new search for Jho Low. However, the social media reports implied that new efforts were being done to locate Jho Low.

Low, whose whereabouts are not known, has not been charged with any crime, but United States authorities have said they are moving forward with a criminal investigation into stolen 1MDB funds.

"On this case, we have asked Interpol to find the individual..."

Zahid added that while they have yet to receive any information on his whereabouts, he is confident that Interpol "will act professionally".

The International Police Organisation (Interpol) has declined to comment on whether it has been engaged by Malaysia to help locate 1MDB-linked businessperson Low Taek Jho, more commonly known as Jho Low.

He added that he believed worldwide investigations into the matter were already finalised.

However, in a media statement released later that night, Zahid clarified that "reports on social media" had "manipulated" his statement in parliament.

"To this day, police have closed the case files and there have been no further requests by Interpol pertaining the case".

A spokesman for Low could not be reached for comment.

Low is accused in the lawsuits of using 1MDB-linked funds to buy Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio a $3.2 million Picasso painting, and giving about $9 million in jewellery to Australian model Miranda Kerr.

Najib has denied any wrongdoing.

Najib has denied any wrongdoing and a Malaysian government investigation has also cleared him of any wrongdoing.

MEANWHILE, the global press were caught wrong-footed by Zahid's U-turn.