Whistle-blower Xavier Andre Justo back in Malaysia to help in 1MDB probe

Swiss whistle-blower Xavier Andre Justo has pledged to continue to help Malaysia in all possible ways which include testifying in trials here.
Swiss whistle-blower Xavier Andre Justo has pledged to continue to help Malaysia in all possible ways which include testifying in trials here.PHOTO: REUTERS

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Swiss whistle-blower Xavier Andre Justo has returned to Malaysia for the third time to help with the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) investigation.

Justo was interviewed by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on Tuesday (June 26) for over five hours.

Malaysian investigators looking into 1MDB have stated their belief that former premier Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor gathered vast amounts of wealth and property using funds from the state fund.

Justo has also pledged to continue to help Malaysia in all possible ways which include testifying in trials here.

He added that many things that happened nearly a decade ago in PetroSaudi International are still fresh in his mind, should he take the stand.

Having gone through the 237,000 e-mails and files in a hard drive that eventually uncovered the scandal involving the country's investment firm 1MDB also helped Justo get a clear view of things.

"You must know that it happened nine years ago and it's hard to go through all the 230,000 e-mails from the hard drive. It's something that takes years to read.

 
 
 
 

"Even 20 people will not be able to do the job quickly if they don't have the insider knowledge and I can help with that," the 52-year-old Justo told The Star.

During his meetings with the investigators from MACC, Justo said he was trying to help them better understand the fraud taking place in PetroSaudi, as well as shed light on how they can recover the stolen money.

"You need a person like me who knows the chronology of events well and the persons involved in them to filter the data. There are very important information like transaction documents useful for the investigation, as well as private messages between employees that we do not need."

A year into his job in the PetroSaudi office in London, Justo claimed that he had discovered fraud and lavish spending in PetroSaudi.

He eventually left the company in April 2011 after a fallout with its chief executive officer Tarek Obaid.

In June 2011, he secured the elusive hard drive from an IT employee of the company to protect himself, as he was a key director who had signed the company documents.