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Malaysia's 1MDB trial reveals Jho Low's alleged role as mastermind

Fugitive financier choreographed Najib's visit to China for bailout projects

Fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, has become a central figure in Malaysia's 1MDB scandal. (Nikkei Montage/Getty Images)

KUALA LUMPUR -- Disgraced former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is not the sole big name to watch in his ongoing graft cases over billions of dollars allegedly siphoned from defunct national wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

The prosecution team, led by former apex court justice Gopal Sri Ram, has detailed the role of a young Malaysian Chinese businessman and now fugitive, Low Taek Jho, now globally known as Jho Low. They say he acted as a bridge for Najib to skim funds from 1MDB-related projects, some of which involved Chinese state-owned companies and major investment banks.

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