IGP: Probe to include Justo's confession to Thai cops'

IGP: Probe to include Justo's confession to Thai cops'
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.
PHOTO: Royal Thai Police

KUALA LUMPUR - Details of Swiss national Xavier Andre Justo's confession to Thai police will be incorporated into Malaysian police investigations.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said during the meeting with Royal Thai Police Commissioner Gen Somyot Pum­pun­­muang, he was briefed in detail on their investigations so far.

"He gave me details, including Justo's full confession to the Royal Thai Police, which we will incorporate into our investigations here," he told reporters in Bukit Aman yesterday.

Justo, 49, a former IT executive at PetroSaudi International, was ar­­rested at a house in the Thai resort island of Koh Samui on June 22 for allegedly demanding 90 million baht (S$3.5 million) from his former employer in exchange for not disclosing confidential information to rival companies.

He has denied the allegations.

The Thai police were very coope­rative on the matter, he said.

"I want to clarify that we were not rejected by our counterparts there.

"They simply cannot give us the space to question Justo as their investigations are ongoing.

"If we were in the same position we would have done the same," Khalid added.

He said that based on Justo's confession, several individuals would be called to Bukit Aman to have their statements taken.

"In fact, the Edge Media Group chairman Datuk Tong Kooi Ong and its publisher Ho Kay Tat were supposed to have their statements taken today (yesterday).

"We postponed it after we were informed that Tong's mother had passed away," he said.

When asked if the change in Attorney-General would affect po­­lice investigations, Khalid said all arrangements between the Attor­ney-General's Chambers and the police would proceed as normal.

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