KUALA LUMPUR, July 17 — The police have identified the Malaysian opposition leader said to have met with former PetroSaudi International (PSI) executive Xavier Andre Justo to buy confidential documents linked to its now aborted joint venture with 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said today the police will be calling in all the people who had met Justo in Singapore, after Thai police confirmed yesterday that the Swiss national whom they are investigating for extortion and blackmail had revealed everything.
“We will be calling in everybody mentioned by the Thai police yesterday.
“We have identified him and will be calling him in,” Khalid told reporters at a Raya open house in Bukit Aman here, referring to the Malaysian opposition leader whose name was reportedly disclosed by Justo in his confession to Thai police.
The IGP also said the authorities will haul in those involved if they refuse to cooperate.
“We will investigate all of them. We hope that they would give full cooperation to us, if not we will take action by catching and remanding them in police lock up,” he said.
Khalid said Malaysian authorities have already contacted the Thai police and are working closely with them on the developments of the case and will take up investigations from there.
He added that local police believe the evidence unearthed by their Thai counterparts as “genuine”.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who also attended the police open house said his ministry would leave it to the police to handle the case.
“KDN completely leaves this case to PDRM and we are confident that the police can work together well with the Thai police,” he told reporters when met, using the Malay abbreviation for the Home Ministry and the Royal Malaysian Police repectively.
Yesterday, a Thai police investigation revealed that Justo had met with an opposition leader to sell the documents and also denied doctoring the documents, insisting the originals were sold to a certain Europe-based media outlet.
Justo, who is believed to the source of leaked documents on PSI’s US$1.2 billion (RM4.5 billion) joint venture with 1MDB that fell through in 2009, was arrested at his home in Koh Samui last month for alleged blackmail and extortion and is to be tried in Thailand.