Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Thai police: Xavier Justo paid over RM15mil to leave PetroSaudi
Pimonsri is quoted in Thailand’s Bangkok Post as saying that Justo, 49, later demanded another 90mil bath (RM9.98mil) from the company in exchange for not disclosing confidential information to rival companies.
Justo, a former IT executive at the company, was arrested at a house at Koh Samui on Monday, allegedly for leaking information information to the London-based Sarawak Report website for several reports about 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
He has denied these allegations.
"We are relieved that Mr Justo will now face justice through the courts. We have been the victims of a regrettable crime that has unfortunately been politicised in Malaysia.
"We are happy to finally set the record straight and we apologise to the Malaysian people for the harm that one of our unscrupulous ex-employees has caused to them," a spokesperson for PetroSaudi said in a statement on Tuesday.
The Royal Thai Police's crime suppression division had reportedly seized numerous computers, hard drives, and other evidence from Justo's residence after obtaining a court ordered search warrant.
PetroSaudi said it was mulling further legal action in other jurisdictions against Justo's actions.
PetroSaudi had become embroiled in the 1MDB controversy after a joint-venture deal between the two companies was said to have been orchestrated by business tycoon Low Taek.