Low Taek Jho’s lawyer slammed Malaysia and Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir for “illegally” retrieving his super yacht, the Equanimity. He claims that Malaysia is not fair and just in the process of confiscating the Equanimity.
The lawyer said that Malaysia had ignored court rulings in legal proceeding in the United States (US) and in the Indonesia. He also claims that the Prime Minister ignored his legal claim to the Equanimity. Sale of the Equanimity will be difficult and any future owner of the super yacht will face many legal issues.
Attorney General Tommy Thomas has refuted the claims, he proved that the sale is permitted under admiralty law or maritime law. The law governs nautical issues and private maritime disputes. Admiralty law consists of domestic law private international law on all maritime activities.
The Attorney General chose the admiralty law because in most parts of the world, admiralty law is used. Admiralty law is based on British law, which is widely accepted in most countries.
Tommy Thomas added that they had already started legal proceedings to sell the yacht and everything will be done in a transparent way. Datuk Liew Vui Keong from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has also assured the public that the Equanimity was claimed legally. Any person who is interested in the legal documents can do so as they are open for public viewing. Datuk Liew also revealed that there is a warrant of arrest and a supporting affidavit.
Tommy Thomas also assured future buyers that he would not lose more money that he has paid. If the owner of Equanimity (namely Jho Low) wins the civil suit, he would only get the money that was paid for the Equanimity and not the yacht itself.
Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad decided to not have an auction but the government will accept bids for the Equanimity. Therefore, no public viewing will be held to ensure that the Equanimity retains its pristine condition.
Sungai Besar Umno division chief Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos has also announced that he will place a bid on the super yacht. He also announce that he will hold a press conference to reveal the reason for the bid.
By: EL Cheng
Aug 15, 2018 @ 13:02