Malaysian police to interview former PetroSaudi exec Xavier Justo next week

Malaysian police have been given access to interview Xavier Andre Justo (pictured).
Malaysian police have been given access to interview Xavier Andre Justo (pictured). PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysian police have been given access to interview Xavier Andre Justo and will be sending a team to talk to him by next week.

Inspector-General of police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said police had already received the invitation from their Thailand counterparts earlier but were busy with the Asean Summit and related summits.

"Now that we done, we will be sending a team there to talk to him and look at the evidence there either this week or next," he said at press conference at the Police Training Centre (Pulapol) in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday (Nov 28).

Justo, a Swiss national, is said to be the source of leaked documents on PetroSaudi International's (PSI) multibillion ringgit joint-venture with the troubled state investment company 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) that purportedly suggest that hundreds of millions were siphoned out.

According to past reports, the Swiss national had attempted to blackmail and extort 2.5 million Swiss Francs from PSI over the release of these purportedly incriminating documents.

Justo later admitted to the blackmail charges to the Thai police and provided information on the data from PSI that he had stolen when he left the firm in 2011.

He is now serving a three-year jail sentence in Thailand for the blackmail.