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Malaysia says believes fugitive financier Jho Low has left Macau

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(Reuters) - Malaysian Low Taek Jho, wanted in connection with a multibillion-dollar graft scandal at state fund 1MDB, is believed to have left for an unknown destination, said on Wednesday.

Low, popularly known as Low, has been identified by investigators in and the as a key figure in the (1MDB) scandal, which is also subject to investigations in other countries including and

The says an estimated $4.5 billion was misappropriated from 1MDB by high-level officials of the fund and their associates.

had asked authorities to detain Low. They suspected he had fled to to evade arrest in Hong Kong. [nL4N1U63HU]

But on Wednesday, Harun said Low was believed to have left Macau, citing an email from Macau authorities.

"According to the e-mail, Low is believed to have left Macau for an unknown destination," was quoted as saying by Malaysia's state agency

The confirmed in a statement to that it had sent a response to Malaysia, but said it would "not disclose personal entry and exit information".

It also disputed Mohamad Fuzi's statements to the media.

"The had recently provided the media with information about Macau, which is not in line with the facts," the statement said.

"This office finds it extremely regrettable," it said, without elaborating.

did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Malaysia's immigration department cancelled Low's passport in June. The of the department was quoted by saying he believed Low was using a passport issued by another country in order to travel.

(Reporting by in and Farah Master in MACAU; Editing by Neil Fullick)

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 14:05 IST