Sarawak Report editor says former journalist peddling a pack of lies

Sarawak Report editor says former journalist peddling a pack of lies
Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown (right) has accused former Sarawak Tribune editor Lester Melanyi of peddling a pack of lies in his latest confession video made public Monday.
PHOTO: The Star

KUALA LUMPUR - Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown has accused former Sarawak Tribune editor Lester Melanyi of peddling a pack of lies in his latest confession video made public Monday.

She denied Lester's claim that she met Petrosaudi International "blackmail" suspect Xavier Andre Justo in London.

"No, I did not meet Justo in London," she firmly said, in questioning Lester's character.

In an email response to The Star after Lester's part two of the video was released, she said: "Lester is making it all up."

Rewcastle-Brown, however, confirmed that she funded air tickets for Lester's travels to London and had engaged him to work in Radio Free Sarawak on a semi-voluntary basis, "despite being widely warned in Kuching" against the move.

She also denied that the whistleblower website was bankrolled by non-profit conservation group Bruno Manser Fund (BMF), as Lester claimed.

"He is clutching at straws because some friends from BMF came over and visited the radio station while he was there.

"We had a party. I have an independent donor for the radio site and I use that to fund my travel and my website manager manages that side of what I do and he works pro bono on SR's needs," Rewcastle-Brown said.

She said that the website designer whom Lester named as the one who fabricated the fake emails and agreements to fuel Sarawak Report's apparent mission to criminalise 1MDB and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, was a "figment of his troubled imagination".

"If you Google him (which I did), it turns out that it is the real name of a Hollywood film star of yesteryear. My website is run by a nice gentleman by the name of Christian," she added.

Rewcastle Brown said she pitied Lester and his "very nice family" and that he was being used as a diversionary tactic to distract people from the real issues of 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

"He is plainly unwell in many ways and he should not be paraded for money like a circus animal.

"It is most shameful that this is being done by a political party that is in a position of responsibility," she claimed.

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