Xavier Justo was freed in December 2016 and finally told his tale of 1MDB…

For his story:

Andre Xavier Justo and 1MDB…

The TEN: Who are the people named by Justo in a claimed conspiracy against Najib Razak?

The Accused: Nurul Izzah, Tony Pua, Ho Kay Tat, Tong Kooi Ong, Clare Rewcastle-Brown…

2nd Video of Lester Melanyi: I met Justo

19 May 2017

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Swiss Solidarity On 1MDB…

Yesterday two key plaintiffs related to the 1MDB case met in Berne, the Swiss capital, to compare notes and forge an alliance for action, they say.  Their exclusive statements afterwards to Sarawak Report indicate that the men have become concerned at the slow pace of the ongoing case relating to 1MDB.

Xavier Justo has remained silent for several months since his return from Thailand, in order to cooperate with ongoing investigations by the Swiss and other global authorities.

“It is important that we see real action in this major case as soon as possible”,

he told Sarawak Report.

Justo, who was a key witness in the 1MDB case, was imprisoned at the behest of the directors of PetroSaudi International, Mr Patrick Mahony and Mr Tarek Obaid,  who not only denounced him to the authorities for alleged blackmail, but organised the minute management of his case and imprisonment, thanks to Malaysia’s powerful connections, in particular wealthy friends of Jho Low.  This included a forced confession taken in the Bangkok jail by a PetroSaudi employee in the absence of Justo’s lawyer.

Meanwhile, Pascal Najadi, who says he flew from Moscow to meet Justo, has been campaigning since 2013 for justice over the assassination of his father in KL.  He too has pointed to numerous abuses of due process in the investigation, culminating in the liberation of the top suspect for his father’s murder, who was never brought to trial.

“We will not stop our right to bring justice to those who have ordered and paid the assassination in Malaysia of my late father Hussain Najadi. Todays meeting with Xavier enabled me, us, to shed more light on the ins and outs of this massive crime of global scale. We obviously need to be careful not to disturb any current criminal investigations taking place simultaneously in several countries around the world. I believe the Swiss Attorney General, Michael Lauber, and his team are doing a great job and so do the American DoJ. But we are deliberating whether at this stage we need to take more public steps.

What Xavier revealed to me is not only shocking and deplorable but it calls for Justice to advance faster in the massive 1MDB case. Both our families have become victims of 1MDB and as Swiss Citizens we have every right to see Justice being served to all those criminal elements, and there are many in Malaysia and elsewhere.”

1MDB is a massive investigation involving billions and several banks.  However, it has also touched many lives such as theirs and the continuing uncertainties, secrecy and delays surrounding the financial investigations in Singapore, Switzerland and the US have started to cast uncertainties say the two men.

http://www.sarawakreport.org/2017/05/swiss-solidarity-on-1mdb/

Jailed Swiss man linked to 1MDB freed

23 Dec 2016 at 03:22

Swiss national Xavier Andre Justo, convicted of selling information to anti-government groups in Malaysia, has arrived in Switzerland after he was released from a Thai jail under the latest royal pardon.

https://www.bangkokpost.com/archive/jailed-swiss-man-linked-to-1mdb-freed/1166349

Lawyer: Jailed Swiss man linked to 1MDB freed

14 Dec 2016 at 12:14

Thailand will this month release jailed Swiss national Xavier Justo, a possible key witness in the global money-laundering probe linked to Malaysian state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), after he was granted a royal amnesty for a fraud conviction, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

https://www.bangkokpost.com/archive/lawyer-jailed-swiss-man-linked-to-1mdb-freed/1159241

18 September 2018

Report: Xavier Justo to remain in Thai custody

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Former PetroSaudi International employee Xavier Andre Justo will reportedly be serving the remainder of his three-year jail sentence in Thailand, instead of being handed over to Swiss authorities.

Swiss newspaper Le Temps quoted sources who claimed that the decision was made after Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak had personally intervened in Justo’s transfer process to Switzerland, during his recent official visit to Bangkok.

This latest move has strained diplomatic ties between Thailand and Switzerland, the report said, indicating that the Swiss would be sending its foreign minister Didier Burkhalter to Bangkok, in order to seek an explanation on the Thai’s decision to continue holding Justo in custody.

“My reading of this decision is that it derives more from political rather than legal considerations.

“I think the Swiss authorities have avoided the worst,” said Christian Lüscher, Justo’s lawyer, as quoted by Le Temps.

According to Le Temps, it appeared that Thailand had yielded to Swiss pressure not to deliver Justo to Malaysia, where his life was purportedly in danger.

At the same time, it was suggested that Thai authorities had also rejected the request by the Swiss authorities for Justo to be transferred to Switzerland, in a compromise move with Malaysia.

“The green light for the transfer of Xavier Justo, by virtue of a bilateral agreement existing between Switzerland and Thailand, was due on 31 August (but) the deadline was extended by two weeks.

“Finally the verdict did not arrive until Friday. Was that owing to it being the day after the departure of Prime Minister Najib Razak after the official visit to Bangkok or coincidence?” asked the report.

It added that the official reason given by Thai authorities was that Justo has less than a year to serve of his total sentence.
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Read more at https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/356065#vCwrwZdiFTrTUv7w.99

10 August 2016

Will a free Justo be star witness in DOJ’s suits?

M Krishnamoorthy

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COMMENT | What does PetroSaudi whistleblower and retired Swiss banker Andre Xavier Justo’s Thai royal pardon mean to Malaysia and the 1MDB probes which are being carried out in at least six countries?

According to lawyer Worrasit Piriyawiboon, his client got the pardon in conjunction with Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 70 years on the throne and Queen Sirikit’s birthday.

Justo was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment on Aug 17 in Bangkok last year for attempted blackmail of his former employer, PetroSaudi International, where he served as a director, and received a royal pardon yesterday.

Now, questions are being raised as to who hastened or influenced the early pardon – the Thai royalty, Malaysia or the United States?

Or it could be his wife, Laura Justo, who had been pressing for his release and leaked a secretly taped telephone conversation last month?

On July 28, The Guardian published a lengthy piece, ‘1MDB: The inside story of the world’s biggest financial scandal’, which included an audio link to the taped conversation.

The taped conversation between Justo’s wife Laura and PetroSaudi’s business affairs director Patrick Mahony revealed an immense wealth of information on the 1MDB scandal which was not revealed before.

Mahony spoke in French in the recorded conversation with Laura sometime in November 2015. He refers obliquely to a powerful person whom he claims could help reduce Justo’s sentence.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/351736?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

9 August 2016

Justo gets royal pardon in Thailand

August 9, 2016

Justo will have his sentence commuted by one-third and will probably serve the remainder of his jail term on parole or be transferred to another prison.

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BANGKOK: Swiss national Andre Xavier Justo, who was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for attempted blackmail of his former employer, PetroSaudi International, has received a royal pardon.

According to lawyer Worrasit Piriyawiboon, his client got the pardon in conjunction with Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 70 years on the throne and Queen Sirikit’s birthday.

“The announcement of the royal pardon was released in a Royal Gazette website last night.

“I checked with the correctional officer and he confirmed Justo’s name was on the list,” he told Bernama today.

The pardon meant that Justo, who has been described as “a very good prisoner” by the Thai prison authority, will have his sentence commuted by one-third.

Worrasit said that Justo has served one year of his sentence since he was found guilty by the Bangkok South Criminal Court last year. With the royal pardon, he has another year to serve.

He said the 49-year-old former IT executive would probably serve the remainder of his jail term on parole or be transferred to another prison, depending on the conditions stipulated under the royal pardon.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2016/08/09/justo-gets-royal-pardon-in-thailand/

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