Xavier Justo receives a gift of US$2 million from The Edge Media Group chairman, Datuk Tong Kooi Ong…

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http://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/edge-chairman-gifts-1mdb-whistleblower-justo-us2-million

1 February 2019

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(Jan 31): The Edge Media Group chairman Datuk Tong Kooi Ong has gifted whistle-blower Xavier Andre Justo RM8.2 million (US$2 million) for his help in exposing wrong-doings at 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

Justo, his wife Laura and four-year-old son Zander, visited The Edge Media Group’s office in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, on Jan 31, where they met Tong and group publisher and CEO Ho Kay Tat.

“The gift to Justo is in appreciation of his contribution to Malaysia in helping to expose the kleptocracy of the past Government,” said Tong. “Without him, the wrongdoings involving 1MDB, as exposed by The Edge, would not have come to light.”

The exposés that started in March 2015 led to a global investigation in the US, Switzerland and Singapore that revealed that as much as US$6.5 billion belonging to 1MDB had been stolen.

The US Department of Justice described it as the largest case of kleptocracy it had ever uncovered.

Justo paid a heavy price for providing information to The Edge as well as Sarawak Report, which showed billions were stolen from 1MDB under the guise of a joint venture with PetroSaudi International between 2009 and 2011.

Justo was arrested in June 2015 on blackmail charges, paraded in front of selected media in Bangkok as if he was a hardcore criminal, and then incarcerated in a Thai prison for 18 months.

“His family was harassed and intimidated while he was languishing in jail. No one should have to go through what he had to endure for helping to reveal the truth,” said Tong. “On behalf of all Malaysians, I would like to say thank you to him and his family.

“I would also like to add that Justo has confirmed to me that the accusation that he stole the data is untrue. My lawyers had tried to reach PetroSaudi on their past claims and they had chosen repeatedly not to respond.”

Justo expressed his appreciation for the gesture by Tong.

“I would like to say thank you to Tong. The gift from him will go a long way in helping me and my family rebuild our lives,” he said. “I take comfort (from the fact) that I have not suffered in vain. Malaysians got to learn the truth (about 1MDB) and I eventually got my freedom back.”

http://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/edge-chairman-gifts-1mdb-whistleblower-justo-us2-million

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PETALING JAYA: The Edge media group chairman Datuk Tong Kooi Ong has paid whistleblower Xavier Justo US$2mil (RM8.2mil), saying it was a “gift” for his assistance in exposing the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) controversy.

According to a report by The Edge in its online edition, the sum was paid to Justo on Thursday (Jan 31), when he and his family met with Tong and group publisher Ho Kay Tat.

“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.

“Without him, the wrongdoings involving 1MDB, as exposed by The Edge, would not have come to light,” he added.

Tong, in thanking Justo on behalf of Malaysians, said that the Swiss whistleblower’s family was harassed and intimidated while he was in a prison in Thailand, adding that “no one should have to go through what he had to endure for helping to reveal the truth”.

“I would also like to add that Justo has confirmed to me that the accusation that he stole the data is untrue. My lawyers had tried to reach PetroSaudi on their past claims and they had chosen repeatedly not to respond.”

Justo expressed his gratitude to Tong.

“I would like to say thank you to Tong. The gift from him will go a long way in helping me and my family rebuild our lives.

“I take comfort (from the fact) that I have not suffered in vain. Malaysians got to learn the truth (about 1MDB) and I eventually got my freedom back,” he said.

In 2015, Justo was quoted by Singapore’s The Straits Times as saying that he was promised US$2mil in exchange for data he had on his former employer PetroSaudi International.

Justo also claimed that The Edge had told him of its plans to tamper with the documents with an objective to topple the then Barisan Nasional government.

On July 24, 2015, Tong issued a statement admitting he had misled Justo, arguing that it was the only way to obtain evidence on how a “small group of Malaysians and foreigners” had cheated Malaysians of US$1.83bil (RM7.5bil).

Tong then claimed that Justo was an angry man because “we did not pay him what he wanted”.

Tong also denied that The Edge had any intention to tamper with the documents, saying the media group had done a digital fingerprint of a hard disk that contained over 400,000 emails and documents.
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Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/02/01/the-edge-chairman-tong-gives-justo-rm8-2mil/#YVTGspQ0S1Gd1Qz6.99

In case you forgot (we haven’t), Justo gave an interview to Singaporean daily, Straits Times, in 2015 alleging that he had been promised US$2.7 million for the data on his former employer, PetroSaudi International.

At the time, he also claimed that The Edge had said that they were going to fudge the documents, with the objective of toppling Barisan government.

The Edge has admitted to telling Justo as much, but have said that they only misled him in order to get the information in the first place. Four years ago, the also called Justo a disgruntled man, saying he was upset with the financial paper for “not paying him what he wanted.”

Yesterday, with one wallet now thickly lined, and another significantly lighter, everyone seemed to be singing a different song.
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Tong thanked Justo for having remained strong, even when in a Thai prison, saying that he had been wrongly made to suffer for “helping to reveal the truth.”

He also added that Justo did not “steal” the data.

In return, Justo thanked Tong, saying that his generous gift would help him, along with his family, “rebuild our lives.”

“I take comfort (from the fact) that I have not suffered in vain. Malaysians got to learn the truth (about 1MDB) and I eventually got my freedom back,” he said.

Nothing a cool two milli can’t solve, amirite?!

https://coconuts.co/kl/news/snitches-get-riches-edge-group-chairman-gives-banker-justo-us2-million-gift/

Tong finally pays Justo RM8 million for the stolen data on 1MDB

Justo was arrested in June 2015 on blackmail charges and then incarcerated in a Thai prison for 18 months|
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Justo tried to sell back the stolen data to PetroSaudi and when that failed he offered it to The Edge

Justo paid a heavy price for providing information to The Edge as well as The Sarawak Report, which showed billions were stolen from 1MDB under the guise of a joint-venture with Petro Saudi International between 2009-2011.

He was arrested in June 2015 on blackmail charges, paraded in front of selected media in Bangkok as though he was a hardcore criminal, and then incarcerated in a Thai prison for 18 months.

“His family was harassed and intimidated while he was languishing in jail. No one should have to go through what he had to endure for helping to reveal the truth,” said Tong. “On behalf of all Malaysians I would like to say thank you to him and his family.”

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