Malaysia – Datuk Seri Nicky Liow Soon Hee, a fugitive businessman sought for various money laundering and commercial crimes offenses, was apprehended today by authorities after surrendering to police after a year-long search.
Liow presented himself at the CCID headquarters in Jalan Tun Razak at 11 a.m., according to Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Md Din.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Liow, and he is anticipated to appear in court to face criminal allegations of money laundering.
“On April 12, Nicky Liow will appear in court in Shah Alam to face a total of 26 counts under Section 4(1)(a) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorist Financing, and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (Act 613),” Mohd Kamarudin said in a statement.
Mohd Kamarudin had previously stated that his department had filed criminal charges against Liow under Act 613 on the directions of the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) and had secured an arrest warrant on March 23 this year.
Federal police had already reported the detention of 68 members of “Geng Nicky,” including those with Datuk and Datuk Seri titles who were thought to be close friends of Liow, in March 2021.
Liow, the founder of Winner Dynasty Group, has claimed links with a transnational organized crime kingpin known as Wan Kouk-koi @ Broken Tooth, according to then-Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador.
Wan, popularly known as “Broken Tooth Koi,” gained to fame in the late 1990s during a wave of gang violence in Macau’s gaming enclave.
He was arrested after that; he was the leader of the Macau branch of the Hong Kong-based 14K Triad organized crime gang and the founder of the World Hongmen History and Culture Association at the time.
Wan was freed in December 2012 after serving 14 years in jail for triad involvement and money laundering, among other offenses.