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Thursday, 16 July 2015

Turning the Screws: Thai police Chief says Justo met with Malaysian opposition leader, media tycoon

News Straits Times just published this incredible article "Thai police: Justo met with Msian opposition leader, media tycoon "

BANGKOK: Thai police today confirmed that Swiss citizen Xavier Andre Justo met with a very important person from a Malaysian opposition party before selling classified information belonging to Saudi oil company PetroSaudi International.

Royal Thai Police Commissioner of Officer of Information and Communication Technology Lt Gen Prawut Thavornsiri told the New Straits Times here that Justo, a former PetroSaudi director, admitted to meeting the opposition leader at a hotel in Singapore. 

He however declined to name the individual. 

Under Thai law, a person cannot be named prior to a warrant of arrest. 

“He (Justo) met a very important person from a certain country, in Singapore. He then negotiated the selling price of the documents and later sold them to the buyer.” 

Prawut later disclosed that the individual was from an opposition party in Malaysia. 

He also said Justo admitted that he met with a media tycoon at the same location in Singapore. He declined to name the media tycoon. 

“We have confiscated Justo’s personal computer and we have managed to find documents and information pertaining to their meeting at a hotel in Singapore. 

“Most of these information was found from Justo’s email correspondence and WhatsApp chat records.” 

He said immigration and hotel records gathered by Thai police corroborated Justo's account of the meeting. 

He said Justo had also admitted to blackmailing his former employer, PetroSaudi International, and will be charged under Thai law for extortion and blackmail. 

Prawut however said Justo denied having tampered with documents that were eventually sold to a certain news outlet in Europe. 

“He didn’t make any changes to the documents and sent the original documents (to the buyer) as digital copies.” 

When asked if he had sold the documents to London-based whistleblower website Sarawak report, Prawut declined to elaborate. “Everyone knows which news organisation I am talking about,” he said. 

Justo has been under Thai police custody since his arrest late last month after he allegedly stole thousands of emails and documents from Petro Saudio, and tried to blackmail his former employer. 

He moved to Thailand after he was terminated from the company. 

Thai police are investigating how, after leaving the company, Justo issued a series of blackmail demands for 2.5 million Swiss francs (approximately RM9.9 million). PetroSaudi did not meet Justo’s demand. 

Then in February this year, doctored and tampered versions of the emails suddenly started to appear on Sarawak Report, sparking a political row implicating 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) and Malaysian leaders.

It gets even worse for those suspected as The Rakyat Post also reported this in their Bahasa Malaysia article:

“Kami mempunyai identiti mereka dan akan mendedahkannya kepada umum dalam mahkamah terbuka apabila permohonan waran tangkap dibuat,” kata jurucakap Polis Thailand, Jeneral Prawuth Thanvornsiri dalam taklimat media, hari ini.

Polis Thailand juga membuat kesimpulan bahawa jenayah pelbagai bidang kuasa ini merupakan satu pengkhianatan terhadap kerajaan Malaysia dan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

“Kami mempunyai semua dokumen, identiti lebih 10 individu termasuk VIP Malaysia,” kata Prawuth.

“Ini merupakan konspirasi memburukkan kerajaan anda dan kami mempunyai identiti 10 individu dalam siasatan ini.”

Namun Prawuth enggan mendedahkan nama 10 individu berkenaan atas sebab undang-undang dan siasatan kes ini sudah masuk hari ke-25.

“Kes ini terlalu sensitif maka sukar bagi kami mendedahkan identiti mereka.

“Identiti mereka kami dapat dari pengakuan Justo dan akan didedahkan kepada umum ketika waran tangkap dipohon di mahkamah,” katanya.

Sementara polis Thailand enggan mendedahkan identiti VIP itu, sumber yang rapat dengan sisataan berkata, sebahagian daripada mereka (VIP Malaysia) telah ditegur secara terbuka dan diberi amaran oleh Kerajaan Malaysia baru-baru ini.

Sumber itu berkata, ia juga mendapat liputan meluas di media Malaysia.

“Jadi sebenarnya identiti mereka telah diketahui umum di negara anda (Malaysia),” kata sumber itu.

Well, it looks like the link between the opposition leaders, local media portal and Sarawak Report is pretty much confirmed. Dealing or buying stolen data is also a crime and the Thai Police has the proof.

Ten individuals in total and most of the names are already well-known and spread widely in the media. The names will then be revealed in open court!

Who do you think these Ten Persons are ?

For sure, some or all of these 10 persons are screwed.

It is also interesting that the Thai Police chief calls it a pengkhianatan.  I am sure in Thailand, such acts of treason will be dealt very severely - unlike Malaysia.

It is also interesting to see that Xavier Justo has denied tampering with the documents and passed it on in its orginal form.

If that was true and if  Protection Group International (PGI) managing director Brian Lord OBE in his interview titled "Sarawak Report data on 1MDB ‘unreliable’ and PGI confirms what they have alleged that the documents are Edited, then some parties will get into even more severe problems

“There are many inconsistencies between the published data and the data which still exists on files within PetroSaudi relating to that period of time. Simply put, it is incomplete data, creatively selected and edited to fit a desired narrative.   
Lord added investigations by PGI revealed Sarawak Report had a “subtract of some emails chain and some documentation”. He, however, stopped short of divulging the contents of the emails and data Sarawak Report received. 
“It is a combination of all those three things; inconsistency between the original and published reports, substitutable communication and the whole private information claim into Sarawak Report … I can firmly say the information is unreliable and, therefore, it is unfair for anybody to draw judgments on it.

No wonder why people like Tony Pua and Clare Brown of Sarawak Report are panicking and making mistakes this past week.

Sarawak Report even went as far as accusing Thailand and Singapore (which they call a Sin City) governments of being corrupt and acting in a conspiracy with Malaysia government.

Who is Lt Gen Prawut Thavornsiri ?

According to Bloomberg, Lieutenant General Prawut Thavornsiri also served as a Director of listed Thai company Ptt Global Chemical Pcl 

 Lieutenant General Prawut Thavornsiri 

Lieutenant General Prawut Thavornsiri serves as a Commissioner of Office of Information and Communication Technology, Royal Thai Police.

Lieutenant General Thavornsiri work Experience includes: 
  • Deputy Commander of Personnel Division, Police of Secretary, 
  • Deputy Commissioner of Immigration Bureau CMS, 
  • Deputy Inspector General (Level 7) 
  • and Deputy Commissioner of Office of Information and Communication Technology. 
  • Lieutenant General Thavornsiri served as an Independent Director of PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited from April 4, 2014 to September 24, 2014. 

Lieutenant General Thavornsiri Education / Training includes: 
  • Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School Batch 15, Royal Police Cadet Academy Batch 31, Superintendent Cource Batch 21, 
  • The Programme for senior executive on Police Administration Batch 21 and The Programme for senior executives on Justice Administration Batch 15. 

Lieutenant General Thavornsiri's Director Training includes 
  • Director Certification Program (DCP) Class 108/2008 and 
  • Thai Institute of Directors Association (IOD). 

Lieutenant General Thavornsiri holds 
  • Bachelor of Laws from Thammasat University, 
  • Master of Social Science and Humanities in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Mahidol University and 
  • Doctor of Social Sciences and Humanities in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Mahidol University.
Judging from my brief Google search, It appears that Lt Gen Prawut Thavornsiri is quite a well-known name in Thailand.

If New Straits Times have wrongly quoted him then Lt Gen Prawut Thavornsiri should sue NST.

If NST had correctly quoted Lt Gen Prawut Thavornsiri then the certain opposition leaders and media should sue him.

Oh well, it seems the truth is slowly coming out now. 

All this criminal activity just for money and greed for power.

(Time for some mood music)


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