Cyprus Finally Yanks Citizenship Given Notorious Malaysian Criminal

A year after a Malaysian businessman wanted by Interpol for financial crimes was stripped of his Cypriot citizenship and passport he bought through a disgraced residency scheme, the Cabinet upheld the decision.

That ended the saga of Jho Low, the most visible of a number of recipients of residency permits obtained through the program that ended in 2020 after it was found not to have checked applicants for criminal acts and money laundering.

Low appealed the decision and it wasn’t said why he hasn’t been taken into custody with a raft of charges against him – or his whereabouts – an independent commission on citizenship in May upholding the revocation, said Philenews.


Cypriot law allows for the revocation of citizenship within 10 years of naturalization for individuals internationally wanted for serious crimes and he obtained his in September 2015, and almost got through the statute of limitations.

The Council of Ministers approved the Interior Minister’s proposal to issue a decree finalizing the citizenship revocation as investigations continue into his alleged involvement in the so-called 1MDB scandal.

He is wanted internationally and by his home country for allegedly embezzling billions from Malaysia’s 1MDB investment fund and siphoning them to his accounts for personal use.

He reportedly acquired Cypriot citizenship through a 5 million euro ($5.45 million)  purchase in Ayia Napa before authorities found out he was an internationally wanted criminal, no report why they didn’t know before giving him a passport.

An investigation also looked into the now late Archbishop Chrysostomos, who got a 300,000 euro ($326,752) check from Low’s application but returned it when the scandal broke and a police probe said he did nothing wrong without explaining why he couldn’t keep the money then.


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