Justo hands ‘important’ files to MACC

In the spotlight: Justo leaving the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya. — Kamarul Ariffin/The Star

In the spotlight: Justo leaving the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya. — Kamarul Ariffin/The Star

PUTRAJAYA: Swiss whistleblower Xavier Justo has given the Malay­sian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) “important” files said to be related to the alleged culprits from PetroSaudi International in the 1Ma­­laysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal.

He was interviewed by MACC officers at their headquarters here during his third visit to Malaysia since the shock defeat of Barisan Nasional in the May 9 polls.

He arrived at 3.30pm yesterday with a big box and exited the building about an hour later.

When asked whe­ther the box contained files related to PetroSaudi International and its co-owner Tarek Obaid and director Patrick Mahony, Justo was non-­committal.

“I’m not in a position to reveal any information. It will be inappropriate,” he said.

Justo worked for PetroSaudi International as a director between February 2010 until April 2011.

PetroSaudi International entered a joint venture with Malaysia’s so­­vereign wealth fund in September 2009 after which at least US$700mil of the initial US$1bil wired to the joint venture was diverted to an account owned by Good Star Ltd, which in­ves­ti­gation papers showed was controlled by fugitive financier Low Taek Jho.

Following his resignation from the company due to a fallout with Obaid, he obtained a hard disk containing 230,000 e-mails, including information on the misappropriation in the PetroSaudi-1MDB deal.

He leaked the information in 2014, sparking off worldwide investigations into the scandal that the United States described as “klepto­cracy at its worst”.

But his whistleblowing act put him in trouble when PetroSaudi accused him of blackmail that landed him in the Bangkok jail for 18 months.

After his release, Justo filed complaints in Switzerland and Britain, sparking off investigations into Obaid, Mahony and several others.

So far, Malaysian authorities have pressed criminal charges against Low and his father Tan Sri Larry Low Hock Peng in absentia for alleged money laundering.

Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who was the 1MDB advisory board chairman, was slapped with money laundering, criminal breach of trust and abuse of power charges, between 2013 and 2016.

When asked if it was time for the authorities to press charges over the PetroSaudi-1MDB probe, Justo said: “I’m convinced that your authorities will investigate all the different chapters involved.”

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