Justo’s US2 mil settlement was to protect Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz

Former PetroSaudi Executive Xavier Andre Justo has settled out of court a lawsuit he brought against Edge Media Group chairman Tong Kooi Ong and two others a little over over three years back.

A former Judge who met TTF in Tanjung Malim spoke of an agreement Mahathir entered with Justo during their 2ndof November 2018 encounter at the Perdana Leadership Foundation.

According to the Judge, Mahathir offered to pay Justo US2-3 million provided that the latter did not pursue his lawsuit against Tong, Ho and Clare.


TANJUNG MALIM: Former PetroSaudi Executive Xavier Andre Justo has settled out of court a lawsuit he brought against Edge Media Group chairman Tong Kooi Ong and two others a little over over three years back.

The suit, filed at the Singapore High Court on the 17thof September 2015, sought damages from Tong, Ho Kay Tat and Clare Rewcastle Brown over their failure to honour an agreement they entered with the former PetroSaudi exec on the 15thof February 2015.


According to Justo, the agreement was for Tong to pay him US2 million for the purchase of a pen drive and hard disk bearing classified information related to PetroSaudi’s dealings with 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB)

He alleged that part of the agreement was contained in a document Tong himself signed, while the remaining parts were negotiated in Singapore and Bangkok and scattered through a 34-page document bearing WhatsApp exchanges between him and the Defendants.

Justo demanded that the pen drive and hard disk be returned to him and that copies of the information contained in them, if any, be destroyed.

A defiant Tong refused to comply.

In his statement of defence, Tong, who admitted to signing an agreement, insisted that Justo had no right to lay claims as the former PetroSaudi Exec had himself confessed to stealing the data contained in the pen drive and hard disk from his (Justo’s) former employer.

But that was then.

Yesterday, Tong did an about turn by praising Justo “for his contribution to Malaysia in helping to expose the kleptocracy of the past government.”

The Edge Media head honcho presented the former PetroSaudi exec a ‘gift’ worth US2 million, which is queer, considering that the ‘gift’ was worth the exact amount Justo had sought from the very beginning.

Typically, an out of court settlement is worth much less than the amount sought by an aggrieved party, unless, of course, the settlement is triggered by evidence that comes to surface during the course of proceedings, evidence that both parties may want to conceal.

A couple of days back, a former Judge who met TTF in Tanjung Malim spoke of an agreement Mahathir entered with Justo during their 2ndof November 2018 encounter at the Perdana Leadership Foundation.

According to the Judge, Mahathir offered to pay Justo US2-3 million provided that the latter did not pursue his lawsuit against Tong, Ho and Clare.

The Judge added that the former PetroSaudi exec possessed documentary evidence implicating both Mahathir and Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz of criminal wrongdoing.

TTF was made to understand that the evidence came to be in Justo’s possession by accident owing to Clare’s carelessness when handing the former PetroSaudi exec documents to be forwarded to a Wall Street Journal reporter.

The Judge claims that Justo used the documents to blackmail Mahathir at the Perdana Leadership foundation.


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