Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar (pic) has sent a letter of demand to two dailies over articles published by them linking her to Swiss national Xavier Andre Justo.
Justo, in the articles published by the New Straits Times and Berita Harian, claimed Nurul had offered to give him government contracts should the Opposition come into power.
"I, through my lawyers, have issued a letter of demand to both Berita Harian and the New Straits Times.
"They have to respond within 48 hours before I sue both publications. The letters of demand went out on Tuesday, we will wait for the 48 hours to lapse and we will proceed accordingly. The report is false," said Nurul Izzah said in a press conference at the PKR headquarters here Wednesday.
She added that she felt the article alleging links between her and Justo were intentional deflections from the questions raised by the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) issue.
Justo, a 49-year-old former IT executive, allegedly stole data containing confidential information on a joint venture between PetroSaudi International and 1MDB, and is said to have agreed to sell it to a group of Malaysian individuals.
While under remand by Thai police, he signed a full confession detailing how he had met a group of Malaysian media owners and politicians who allegedly sought to use the stolen information to topple Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Justo, who is currently serving a three-year jail sentence in Thailand, however, denied allegations that the documents stolen from his former employers were tampered with.
In a statement on Tuesday, Nurul Izzah denied having offered to give Justo government contracts in exchange for information on 1MDB, saying that she had never met Justo before.
She said she had instructed her lawyers to commence legal proceedings against the dailies after both publications made the allegations in news reports on Tuesday.
"The real question is not about Xavier Justo's so-called stolen documents," said Nurul Izzah, adding that more pressing were what the earlier reports published in the Wall Street Journal, Sarawak Report and The Edge alluded to.
The New Straits Times reported Tuesday that Justo confessed to demanding RM8.7mil (S$2.87mil) cash in exchange for the information and had rejected Nurul Izzah's offer of the contracts.