Foreign police 'welcome' to question blackmail suspect'

Foreign police 'welcome' to question blackmail suspect'
Mr Xavier Andre Justo (seated), a Swiss IT executive appears before the media after being arrested in Thailand for allegedly leaking information about PetroSaudi International.

THAI POLICE are amenable to their foreign counterparts interviewing a former Petro Saudi International executive held for allegedly attempting to blackmail his former employer.

Pol Colonel Akaradej Pimonsri, acting commander of the Crime Suppression Police, said yesterday that Britain had dispatched its officers to Bangkok to question Xavier Andre Justo at Bangkok Remand Prison, as the suspect was accused of committing a crime in their country.

"We welcome requests from other countries if they want to talk to the suspect," Akaradej said.

Khalid Abu Bakar, inspector-general of Malaysia's national police, said a request has been submitted to the Thai police to interrogate Justo. Police will record Justo's statement before deciding on the next step, he said.

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

A Thai assistant police chief will visit Malaysia on Thursday to discuss the matter, he said.

Justo, 49, a Swiss national, was arrested on Koh Samui last week for seeking 2.5 million Swiss francs (S$3.6 million) from PetroSaudi in exchange for not disclosing confidential information, according to Thai police.

He has denied the charges.

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