Swiss national Xavier Andre Justo has claimed that former Petrosaudi International directors wanted by the MACC concerning the 1MDB case are in Europe.
Justo — the former Petrosaudi International executive officer who blew the lid off the global 1MDB scandal — claimed to know the whereabouts of Tarek Obaid and Patrick Mahony.
Speaking to Free Malaysia Today, Justo claimed Tarek is in Switzerland while Mahony resides in Switzerland and the UK.
“I still have friends in Geneva who know (their whereabouts),” he told the portal.
On Feb 10, the Malaysian anti-graft body filed charges against Tarek, Mahony and fugitive businessperson Jho Low in absentia over a 1MDB money laundering case. This resulted in arrest warrants being issued for the two former Petrosaudi International Limited (PSI) directors.
The former directors were allegedly involved in the brokering of the controversial 1MDB-Petrosaudi joint venture.
The three men were charged with criminal conspiracy to enable former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak to use his position to receive a bribe of over RM60 million.
Najib is currently fighting a multitude of graft charges concerning 1MDB and its former subsidiary SRC International.
According to MACC chief commissioner, Latheefa Koya, this is part of the agency’s recovery-cum-investigation into 1MDB and SRC International.
MACC has alerted Interpol. However, Low (full name Low Taek Jho), Obaid (full name Tarik Essam Ahmad Obaid) and Mahony (full name Patrick Andrew Marc Mahony) were not listed on Interpol’s Red Notice database at the time of writing.
Meanwhile, Justo was further quoted saying he was “delighted” over the arrest warrants out on Tarek and Mahony and said authorities had a “moral obligation” to arrest them.
Justo was jailed in Thailand in 2015 for allegedly blackmailing his former employer to release incriminating data. He later leaked the date to Sarawak Report and The Edge Media Group, prompting investigations into the multi-billion dollars 1MDB sovereign wealth fund by various countries. – Malaysiakini