Police set to interview former PetroSaudi exec for relaying 'incorrect info' on 1MDB

Mr Xavier Andre Justo (seated, left), a Swiss IT executive, appears before the media after being arrested in Thailand for allegedly leaking information about PetroSaudi International.
Mr Xavier Andre Justo (seated, left), a Swiss IT executive, appears before the media after being arrested in Thailand for allegedly leaking information about PetroSaudi International.PHOTO: ROYAL THAI POLICE

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Police have submitted a request to interview former PetroSaudi International executive Xavier Andre Justo for allegedly relaying incorrect information on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) to Sarawak Report.

Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said police will be recording Justo's statement before deciding on the next course of action.

"We are working closely with Thai authorities on the matter. We have to wait for them to conclude their investigations on the subject, Justo.

"Give them time to complete their investigations," he told reporters on Monday.

Mr Khalid added that the Thai assistant police chief would be visiting Malaysia on July 2 to discuss the matter.

"We will hold discussions on the next course of action to be taken against Justo," he said.

He also said the police may summon news portals The Edge and Sarawak Report over their articles on 1MDB.

"We will call anybody for investigation if there is a necessity," he said.

Last week, Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said The Edge and its owner Datuk Tong Kooi Ong must be held responsible for publishing inaccurate reports and false information on 1MDB based on articles it had obtained from Sarawak Report.

Dr Wan Junaidi said summoning the media could not be deemed as a move to clampdown on those reporting issues relating to 1MDB.

"I don't think the Government has the power to really stop the media from speculating whatever they want.

"The Government is not going to crack down on the media … that is the promise made by the Government when we launched the Multimedia Super Corridor in 1993 and the policy still stands," he said.