Justo under probe for economic espionage

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 19 Feb 2019

PETALING JAYA: Swiss authorities are investigating 1MDB whistleblower Xavier Justo for economic espionage.

According to a report by news­portal SwissInfo, an investigation into the Swiss citizen was opened by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) last November.

The OAG also confirmed that Switzerland’s Justice Minister Simo­netta Sommaruga authorised the prosecution of Justo last September.

The case falls under Article 273 of the Swiss Penal Code involving suspicion of economic espionage.

At one point during the 1MDB case, the former employee of Petro­Saudi was arrested and imprisoned in Thailand for attempted blackmail of the energy company.

PetroSaudi accused him of having stolen the data, which revealed corruption involving the 1MDB fund to the tune of US$4.5bil (RM18.5bil).

Justo claimed that he was given the information by an IT engineer.

Last month, The Edge media group chairman Datuk Tong Kooi Ong paid whistleblower Justo US$2mil (RM8.2mil), saying it was a “gift” for his assistance in exposing the 1MDB controversy.

“The gift to Justo is in appreciation of his contribution to Malaysia in helping to expose the kleptocracy of the past government,” Tong was quoted as saying.

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