Malaysian police chief meets Thai police in bid to question ex-PetroSaudi exec

Malaysian police chief meets Thai police in bid to question ex-PetroSaudi exec

KUALA LUMPUR - Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has met his Thai counterpart to discuss Malaysia's intent on meeting former PetroSaudi International executive Xavier Andre Justo.

A Thai source said Khalid held a meeting with Royal Thai Police Commissioner Gen Somyot Pum­pun­muang in Bangkok.

It is believed Khalid had sought permission for Malaysia to question the Swiss national as part of the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) probe.

He left the Thai police headquarters at about 4.30pm yesterday.

The source said Thai police had stressed the need to go through proper procedure before Khalid could question Justo.

Bukit Aman Inspector-General of Police secretariat's assistant head (corporate communications) Asst Comm Datin Asmawati Ahmad confirmed that Khalid had gone to Thailand "over Justo" and was expected to return today.

Justo was arrested in Koh Samui in June for allegedly stealing information from PetroSaudi and demanding it pay him 2.5 million Swiss francs (RM9.925mil) to not release the documents.

He is one of the central figures in the 1MDB scandal, after it was claimed that he met members from the governing political party and Opposition and media personnel over the documents he had on the 1MDB-linked company.

A video confession by former Sarawak Tribune editor Lester Melanyi claimed that Sarawak Report - which has been writing exposes on the sovereign fund - had bought some documents from Justo but fabricated the rest.

Separately, The Edge Media Group chief executive officer Ho Kay Tat had his statement recorded by Bukit Aman on Tuesday and also met up with police on Wednesday.

He had also handed documents related to a four-page expose in The Edge Financial Daily on how businessman Jho Low allegedly siphoned RM1.83bil (S$657 million) from 1MDB through its dealing with PetroSaudi.

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