Monday, August 17, 2015

D-Day for Justo

Swiss national Xavier Andre Justo, who was arrested for allegedly blackmailing his former employer, PetroSaudi International, is expected to be charged at the criminal court here Monday morning.

Local and foreign journalists, and also Malaysian embassy officials were gathered at the courthouse as early as 7am to await Justo, whose case has garnered international attention and concerns Malaysian government investment arm, 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

The 49-year-old former IT executive allegedly stole data containing confidential information on a joint venture between PetroSaudi and 1MDB, and is said to have agreed to sell it to a group of Malaysian individuals.

While under remand by Thai police, he signed a full confession detailing how he had met a group of Malaysian media owners and politicians who allegedly sought to use the stolen information to topple Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Justo, however, denied allegations that the documents stolen from his former employers were tampered with.

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