Justo to give more evidence against portal

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015

Swiss national Xavier Andre Justo (R), 49, is escorted by Thai officials as he leaves a courthouse in Bangkok on August 17, 2015. The Swiss man was jailed for three years in Thailand on August 17 for attempting to blackmail Saudi oil company PetroSaudi International over dealings with a scandal-mired Malaysian state firm, a court official said. AFP PHOTO / PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL

PETALING JAYA: The Attorney-General’s Chambers is gathering more evidence against news website Sarawak Report from Xavier Andre Justo (pic) following his conviction in Thailand.

It said that in light of the Swiss national’s conviction, it had “re­ceived positive response” from its Thai counterpart on the matter.

“We are in the process of obtaining further evidence under the treaty on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters among Asean countries,” it said in a statement.

Justo was sentenced to three years’ jail for trying to blackmail his former employer Pe­­troSaudi Inter­na­tional.

The oil services and production company is linked to troubled sovereign fund 1Ma­­lay­­sia Development Bhd.

The A-G’s Chambers said police reports were made against se­­veral individuals who were being investigated under Sections 124B and 124I of the Penal Code.

Under Section 124B, it is a criminal offence to commit an activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy by any means, directly or indirectly.

Section 124I states that any person who by word of mouth, in writing or in any newspaper, periodical, book, circular or other printed publication or by any other means including electronic spreads false reports or makes false statements likely to cause public alarm, has committed an offence.

The A-G’s Chambers added that the police reports were made against persons in and outside the country.

The arrest warrant issued on Aug 5 against Clare Rewcastle-Brown, who founded and runs the Sarawak Report, was in relation to the on­­going investigation by police into an allegation that the website published a false report concerning a draft charge sheet, the A-G’s Chambers said.

The article was “Arrest Warrant for the Prime Minister – The Real Reason the Attorney-General Was Fired” on July 30, it said.

The A-G’s Chambers said it was very serious about the matter because the stability of the country was at risk.

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