Report: Wife claims Justo was tricked to confess

Report: Wife claims Justo was tricked to confess

The wife of former PetroSaudi International employee Xavier Andre Justo has been reported claiming she believes he had been tricked into confessing his crimes by his former colleagues, in an attempt to protect themselves and their associates.

In a lengthy expose by UK’s The Guardian, Laura Justo reportedly said after her husband was arrested for allegedly attempting to blackmail his former employer in Bangkok June last year, he was visited by his former colleague Patrick Mahony, a director who handled PetroSaudi’s business affairs.

“Laura says that Mahony offered Justo a deal: confess and plead guilty, and PetroSaudi will get you out of here by the end of the year.

“Justo reluctantly agreed. He signed a confession – without a lawyer present – which claimed that he had attempted to blackmail his former employers, and apologised to Mahony and (PetroSaudi chief executive officer Tarek) Obaid ‘for the harm stress and anxiety I caused them’.

“According to Laura, a man who claimed to be a Scotland Yard detective – and later told her he had been hired by PetroSaudi – took down Justo’s confession,” reported The Guardian today in their feature story ‘1MDB: The inside story of the world’s biggest financial scandal’.

However, Laura grew increasingly suspicious of the contacts at PetroSaudi when it became clear her husband would not be out of jail by the end of 2015.

Instead, things seemed to be getting worse for Justo after he was sentenced to three years in a Thai jail on Aug 17, 2015, with The Guardian saying he was now sleeping on a thin blanket after his mattress was withdrawn a few months after he arrived, as was his exercise hour.

“Laura came to believe that Justo was a victim of a deceit by his former friends, who tricked him into confessing and handing over copies of PetroSaudi’s servers, in an attempt to protect themselves and their Malaysian associates by burying the case.

“In May 2016, in a last-gasp effort to save her husband, Laura turned to the one person who she knew Justo trusted: (Sarawak Report editor Clare) Rewcastle Brown, who brought her to The Guardian,” reported the news daily today.

Justo was one of the first individuals early during the 1MDB scandal who had emerged to discredit allegations related to the sovereign fund scandal.

Justo claims framed

According to the report, Laura has also handed over notes smuggled out of prison in which Justo says he has been framed.

She also believes that Mahony has controlled her husband’s life behind bars, deciding how comfortable his living conditions would be and his permitted visitors.

The Guardian noted that foreign prisoners have a list posted outside the prison of permitted visitors, and on it Mahony is listed as number two while Laura is number five.

Laura told the British daily that she has emails, WhatsApp messages and recordings of phone calls from last year that suggest that Mahony is under increasing pressure from “a powerful person” on one hand, and from US and Swiss investigators combing through 1MDB’s deals, on the other”.

In one particular recorded conversation with Laura in Nov 2015, Mahony supposedly referred obliquely to the powerful person whom he claimed could help reduce Justo’s sentence.

“I told you the other evening, who the ultimate person is controlling this, and I am due to have another meeting with him soon …

“This guy is still stressed because it’s his political career on the line. He’s in deep shit and that’s all he cares about, nothing else,” The Guardian quoted Mahony saying in the recording.

Report: Wife claims Justo was tricked to confess
29 July 2016 – malaysiakini


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