3 November 2018
PUTRAJAYA: Swiss whistleblower Xavier Justo has handed over to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) important files on PetroSaudi International and its dealings with wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
He went to the anti-graft agency’s headquarters here for an interview on Friday (Nov 2) during his third visit to Malaysia since the shock defeat of Barisan Nasional in the May 9 general election.
He arrived at 3.30pm with a big box containing words written in red on it and exited the building at about 4.20pm.
When contacted and asked whether the box contained files related PetroSaudi International and its co-owner Tarek Obaid and director Patrick Mahony, he simply said he is not saying no.
“I’m not in a position to comment what was passed to the MACC during this visit or the previous visits. It will be inappropriate,” he said.
Justo worked for PetroSaudi International in London as a director between Feb 2010 until April 2011.
Following his resignation from the company due to a fallout with Obaid, Justo obtained a hard disk containing 230,000 emails, including information on the misappropriation in the PetroSaudi-1MDB deal.
He leaked the information to Sarawak Report and The Edge in 2014, sparking off a worldwide investigation into the scandal that the United States described as kleptocracy at its worst.
Malaysian authorities have issued a warrant of arrest for Low and charged former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who was the chairman of the 1MDB advisory committee, with multiple counts of money laundering, criminal breach of trust and abuse of power in relation to the scandal.
18 September 2018
Justo, who was arrested in 2015 for leaking documents from oil and gas company PetroSaudi International relating to its joint venture with 1MDB, said he had played only a minor role in the entire affair.
He added however that he was glad to have contributed to “stopping the 1MDB machine” as well as the removal of former prime minister Najib who is currently under investigation by Malaysian authorities.
The PetroSaudi documents, which were published by Malaysian and international media groups in 2015, formed the basis of the money laundering investigation into the matter.
They also landed Justo in a Thai jail for 18 months for allegedly demanding payment in exchange for not disclosing confidential information.
Six months before his arrest, Justo handed Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown thousands of documents, including 227,000 emails from the servers of his former employer, PetroSaudi, which appeared to shed light on the alleged theft of hundreds of millions of dollars from state-owned investment fund 1MDB.
The documents which he leaked set off a chain reaction of investigations in at least six countries, leading to what US Attorney-General Loretta Lynch described as “the largest kleptocracy case” in US history.
He now hopes to continue helping to ensure that justice is served.
“I will not stop,” he told FMT. “The rest to be done is the duty of the Malaysian people.”
As for “The Billion Dollar Whale” written by Wall Street Journal journalists Tom Wright and Bradley Hope, Justo said he had yet to read the book.
“I haven’t asked to check the facts concerning my involvement,” he added. “I trust that the journalists wrote it based on facts and professionalism.”
27 June 2018
Justo questioned by MACC
Former PetroSaudi International executive Xavier Andre Justo spent over five hours being interviewed by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday in connection with its ongoing probe on 1MDB.
According to The Star, the Swiss national has also pledged to continue to help Malaysia in every way possible, including testifying in trials here.
“You need a person like me, who knows the chronology of events well and the persons involved in them, to filter the data.
“There is very important information like transaction documents that will be useful for the investigations, as well as private messages between employees that we do not need,” he said.
The information was related to Justo’s stint with PetroSaudi and a cache of some 230,000 emails which he obtained before leaving the company in 2011.
Justo had eventually handed over the cache to Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown and a Malaysian media mogul in an attempt to recover some US$2 million owed to him by his former employer.
Following this, damning reports on how US$1 billion invested by 1MDB was abused began to surface, including how US$700 million was syphoned from the joint-venture with PetroSaudi, sparking domestic investigations on the deal.
7 June 2018
Justo files criminal report against UK firms over Petrosaudi-1MDB deal
Former Petrosaudi International executive Xavier Justo has lodged a criminal report with Scotland Yard against “a few” UK companies and individuals allegedly involved in the Petrosaudi-1MDB deal.
“The fight is not over yet, we will chase them all, from the top to the bottom. Their crimes will not be forgotten or forgiven, never!” he posted on Facebook today.
One of the UK firms believed to be involved in the scandalous deal is the Royal Bank of Scotland.
The bank owns Zurich’s RBS Coutts Bank Ltd, which is the former’s international private banking arm.
Good Star Ltd – a company allegedly controlled by 1MDB-linked businessperson Jho Low – has an account with RBS Coutts.
Good Star is believed to have received US$700 million misappropriated from 1MDB’s joint venture project with Petrosaudi International.
Justo lodged the report together with his wife Laura, who was photographed with him outside New Scotland Yard’s London headquarters.
25 May 2018
KUALA LUMPUR: The reclusive Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, has always maintained that he did not have any part to play in either 1MDB or PetroSaudi International, both integral parts of the 1MDB mega scandal.
But Swiss whistleblower Xavier Andre Justo says he met Jho Low not once, but twice, to discuss matters between 1MDB and PetroSaudi International.
Justo’s revelation is the first time that anyone had provided a tangible link between Jho Low, 1MDB and PetroSaudi.
It has been already revealed that from an initial US$1bil (RM3.9bil) that was wired to PetroSaudi, US$700mil (RM) was sent to an account owned by a company called Good Star, which investigation papers showed was controlled by Jho Low.
Justo, in an exclusive interview with The Star at a hotel here, said: “I met him twice. I have told the Swiss authorities the details.”
Justo, who broke open the can of worms that would become Malaysia’s biggest ever scandal, said he first suspected something was amiss when he realised that large sums of money were being transacted and that PetroSaudi was making enormous commissions.
“(PetroSaudi’s top officials) Tarek Obaid and Patrick Mahony had access to the real numbers, but I knew something was wrong.
“There are commissions in the oil business. That’s the way it is and there is no need to be naive. Oil business means corruption.
“It is something to take 1% or 5%, but it is something else to take more than 80% of the amount in commission. I knew that something was wrong, but I wasn’t expecting this madness,” Justo said.
Najib govt had me jailed, says Justo
Last updated on 25 May 2018 – 11:56am
PETALING JAYA: Former PetroSaudi executive Xavier Justo has blamed the former Barisan Nasional government under Datuk Seri Najib Razak for him being thrown in jail for three years in Thailand.
He said the BN government had a hand in his sentence over his attempt to release documents linking Najib to the multi-billion-dollar 1MDB scandal.
“(PetroSaudi’s top official) Mr Patrick Mahony, on the authorisation or the direction of people of your government, and with the collaboration of your government, went to see me inside the prison,” he said.
“I’ve never been convicted of anything. I was a banker and quite a successful one. I didn’t need this, but it happened, so if people think I am a bad guy, so be it.
“If people think I am a hero, I am not a hero. The real heroes are the people of Malaysia.”
He told The Star in an exclusive interview that he was visited by Malaysian government officials, who wanted to have him extradited to Malaysia.
24 May 2018
Swiss national, Xavier Justo who’s former PetroSaudi Intl arrived at MACC just before 9 am to continue have his witness statement recorded . Mr Najib’s scheduled appointment is at 10 am .
21 May 2018
The hero is Justo, says Sarawak Report editor
Clare Rewcastle-Brown says it was Andre Xavier Justo who, as a whistleblower, provided information for the probe into 1MDB.
PETALING JAYA: Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown has described “whistleblower” Andre Xavier Justo as a real hero who provided information that broke the 1MDB scandal in Malaysia.
“He paid for that with 18 months’ imprisonment. He made a remarkable sacrifice.
“He has a huge regard for Malaysia and he really wanted to see a happy ending,” she told FMT in an interview.
In August 2015, Thai police arrested Justo for leaking documents from Petrosaudi International relating to its joint venture with 1MDB. The papers were published by Malaysian and international media groups last year and formed the basis of the money-laundering investigation.
He was arrested on a Thai resort island following allegations of theft of documents by Petrosaudi International, a Saudi Arabia-based oil and gas company and former joint venture partner of 1MDB.
Rewcastle-Brown also praised Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad for meeting Justo, saying it was extremely appropriate and well deserved.
Rewcastle-Brown, who can now travel freely to Malaysia after the new Pakatan Harapan government dropped an arrest warrant against her, said she knew Justo was in town but had not yet spoken to him.
“We have to remember that it was Xavier who actually provided all the information for the first part of the probe into 1MDB.
“He provided the information that broke open the scandal.
“He is a real hero. A real whistleblower. I am glad he was received by Mahathir.”
20 May 2018
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PetroSaudi whistleblower meets Dr M
Swiss national Xavier Justo who leaked PetroSaudi’s trove of emails has met Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“What a great privilege and what an incredible moment,” said Justo in a Facebook post.
Justo shared a photograph of him with Mahathir on the social media site.
The PetroSaudi phase, according to the US Department of Justice, was the first of four phases in which 1MDB’s funds were allegedly siphoned.
In this phase, at least US$1.03 billion intended for a joint-venture between 1MDB and PetroSaudi was diverted to Good Star Limited owned by businessperson Low Taek Jho between 2009 to 2011.
Sarawak Report was the first to expose this transaction based on the leaked information from Justo, which had at that time was met with scepticism.
Xavier was pursued by PetroSaudi officials in Thailand and he was subsequently arrested and jailed for three years in 2015 for blackmailing his former employer.
However, Justo was freed in late 2016 on a royal amnesty.
The 1MDB scandal is now subject to an international investigation.
Justo’s meeting coincided with Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle Brown’s arrival in Malaysia on Friday.
21 March 2018
Swiss review criminal complaint filed by figure in 1MDB case
Swiss prosecutors are reviewing a criminal complaint filed against two former colleagues and an alleged accomplice by Xavier Justo, a former director of energy group PetroSaudi International Ltd and a key figure in the 1MDB affair.
Justo told Reuters he was trying to clear his name after being jailed in Thailand for blackmailing his former employer over its ties to the scandal-hit Malaysian state fund 1MDB, with which it ran an energy joint venture from 2009 to 2012.
The blackmail allegation arose from Justo’s demanding money from PetroSaudi and threatening to make public information he gleaned from his time at the company.
PetroSaudi, which was not itself a subject of the complaint, responded through its lawyers that Justo was merely trying to “deflect attention from his own wrongdoing”.
Documents that Justo leaked after he left PetroSaudi in 2011 triggered investigations in at least six countries into the alleged theft of assets from the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) fund.
The documents raised suspicions about how funds at the venture were used and prompted investigators to probe suspicions that money had been siphoned off from the joint venture.
A total of US$4.5 billion (RM17.65 billion) was misappropriated by high-level officials of 1MDB and their associates, according to civil lawsuits filed by the US Department of Justice.
Justo was freed from a Thai prison in an amnesty in 2016. Now he alleges that his confession came under pressure from PetroSaudi executives and their allies – including public relations officials and a fake London police detective – to cover up facts in the scandal.
The Swiss Office of the Attorney General confirmed it had received Justo’s criminal complaints and was reviewing them, declining to comment further.
PetroSaudi has denied wrongdoing in connection with the 1MDB venture and said it would cooperate fully with authorities.
Asked for comment on Justo’s allegations, PetroSaudi’s lawyers released a statement saying he was only repeating claims that contradicted his previous admissions.
“Our client did not take any steps to force him to make a false confession. He confessed to blackmail because the evidence against him was overwhelming and incontrovertible,” it said.
They questioned why Justo had gone public with his criminal complaint at a weekend news conference only months after approaching Swiss authorities.
“It seems to our client that the timing of this press conference suggests it has been carefully orchestrated to coincide with the forthcoming elections in Malaysia, when Prime Minister Razak will be seeking re-election,” they said.
Justo said Swiss authorities had asked him to delay filing charges to avoid interfering with their existing money-laundering investigation.
The complaints that he and his wife brought against PetroSaudi co-founder and chief executive Tarek Obaid, ex-PetroSaudi director Patrick Mahony and Briton Paul Finnigan include making threats, blackmail, extortion, endangering the lives of others, slanderous denunciation, misleading justice and money-laundering.
19 March 2018
Justo breaks silence, files complaint against PetroSaudi ‘coercion’
Former PetroSaudi International executive Xavier Justo has broken his silence and accused his former employer of manipulating the media to tarnish his reputation, the Swiss daily Le Temps reports.
At a press conference in Zurich yesterday, Justo announced that he had filed a complaint with the Swiss Attorney-General’s Office against two PetroSaudi executives, Tarek Obaid and Patrick Mahony, for threats, blackmail, extortion and coercion, among other grievances.
Justo also revealed emails that reportedly showed a Geneva-based “reputation management” company, KBSD, being engaged by PetroSaudi to allegedly disseminate the narrative that Justo was not a whistleblower, but an extortionist motivated by profit.
Le Temps alleged in its report that KBSD is infamous for practicing what it calls “black PR,” or the dissemination of negative information.
Justo claims that the narrative spread by KBSD was also intended to discredit Malaysian opposition media, in particular Sarawak Report – to whom he had handed over thousands of documents from PetroSaudi servers purportedly revealing the misappropriation of billions from 1MDB.
His complaint also reiterated the claim that PetroSaudi pushed him to incriminate himself while serving time in a Thai prison for blackmail, by using an English private detective masquerading as a Scotland Yard police officer to extract a confession from him.
At the press conference, Justo also recalled that Obaid had allegedly received funds from 1MDB for PetroSaudi’s RM1.4 billion buyout of the Sarawak bank UBG Bhd, owned by governor Abdul Taib Mahmud – said to be in exchange for Taib’s support for Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak…
1MDB had denied this allegation.
PetroSaudi International is a key element in the 1MDB scandal.
The US Department of Justice alleged that US$1 billion transferred between 2000 and 2010 from 1MDB to PetroSaudi for a joint venture project were misappropriated through Good Star Ltd – a company allegedly controlled by 1MDB-linked businessperson Jho Low.
Justo’s press conference comes on the heels on international pressure being piled on the embattled state investment arm.
Najib has denied any misconduct in the 1MDB scandal and has been clear of any wrongdoing by attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali.
1MDB has also denied that any of its funds were misappropriated.
SWISS BOMB! Justo Speaks Out At Last, As Swiss Prosecutors Adopt His Criminal Complaint Against PetroSaudi Directors
There was an afternoon of drama in Zurich this weekend when, following months of silence, the 1MDB whistleblower Xavier Justo stepped forward with his wife Laura to lay out their charges against those whom they claim conspired to entrap and imprison him in Thailand.
In a central location in the city they told a selected group of journalists the details of an astonishing plot to entrap and imprison him in Thailand, all in order to discredit the exposes over 1MDB
The couple had waited patiently before speaking out, they explained, in response to requests from the Swiss authorities to first pursue official investigations into the massive money laundering scandal and to make their preparations.
However, in a letter sent to their lawyer on 9th March, the Federal Prosecutor Alice de Chambrier, confirmed that a full investigation has now been officially launched into all thirteen of the couple’s criminal complaints made against three named individuals, Tarek Obaid, Patrick Mahony and Paul Finnigan. It means that these three and their alleged accomplices can be arrested and interrogated by Swiss law enforcers, much in the same way that they orchestrated for Justo to be arrested in Bangkok.
The list of thirteen charges laid against the three named individuals and by implication their collaborators, which include the Prime Minister of Malaysia referred to in the complaint, is jaw dropping. Moreover, it reflects everything that Sarawak Report has reported about the conspiracy to entrap Xavier Justo and get him imprisoned in Thailand, in order to attempt to discredit our exposure of the billion dollar 1MDB thefts.
After months of preparation, the Swiss federal prosecutors have now confirmed that they have adopted every single one of the charges that were originally levied by Justo, which means official law enforcers believe there are sufficient grounds to pursue accusations of:
Threat, blackmail, extortion, coercion, sequestration, endangering the life of others, slander, slanderous denunciation, misleading of the courts, bribery of foreign public officials, false misrepresentation of office, criminal organisation, money laundering [translated]
These charges are levied specifically against the Swiss based Saudi, Tarek Obaid and two British citizens, Patrick Mahony and Paul Finnigan. However, the charge sheet cites they refer as well “against any other named persons whose acts may be criminalised, in particular because of the ..offences”.
According to the statements made by Xavier Justo at his press conference today, those accomplices include the Swiss lawyer, hired by PetroSaudi to falsely misrepresent his case, Marc Henzelin, as well as several PR and ‘private investigators’ who assisted the PetroSaudi directors.
In particular Justo named a Swiss PR man named David Scholberg, who describes himself as CEO & Founder of KBSD Reputation & Cyber-Security, who he claims acted as an intermediary who paid lawyer Marc Henzelin CHF300,000 on PetroSaudi’s behalf in order to hide the connection.
Others named were another Swiss PR operator, Marc Comina, as well as the British company Protection Group International and its CEO Brian Lord. Lord was also flown to Thailand during the period of the arrest and made statements to the press claiming that his ‘cyber intelligence’ company had proof that Sarawak Report had ‘tampered’ with data provided by Justo from PetroSaudi’s database.
Lawyer Who Was Conflicted Against His Alleged Client
Likewise, Justo has produced documents and emails which show that although the Swiss high profile lawyer Marc Henzelin, claimed to be representing him in Switzerland and had publicly denied that he was engaged by PetroSaudi, the lawyer was in fact knowingly being paid by that company through Scholberg to ‘represent’ Justo against his own interests in the criminal proceedings, which had been initiated against him by PetroSaudi.
Also named and heavily implicated during this press conference and in the narrative and evidence supporting the charges was the Malaysian Prime Minister, quoted by Mahony as being the man behind their actions – the man who needed to be got off the hook.
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