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Justo to sue Edge bosses, Sarawak Report founder over PetroSaudi data: Report

SINGAPORE — Swiss national Xavier Andre Justo, now serving a three-year jail term in Bangkok for trying to blackmail his former employer PetroSaudi International, is to sue the owner of the Edge Media Group and its top executive as well as the founder of Sarawak Report in the High Court in Singapore, Bernama reported.

Justo to sue Edge bosses, Sarawak Report founder over PetroSaudi data: Report

Swiss national Xavier Andre Justo will sue the owner of the Edge Media Group and the founder of Sarawak Report in the High Court in Singapore, according to a source. Photo: Malay Mail Online

SINGAPORE — Swiss national Xavier Andre Justo, now serving a three-year jail term in Bangkok for trying to blackmail his former employer PetroSaudi International, is to sue the owner of the Edge Media Group and its top executive as well as the founder of Sarawak Report in the High Court in Singapore, Bernama reported.

Justo wants Tong Kooi Ong and Group Chief Executive Officer and Publisher of The Edge Communications Ho Kay Tat and founder-editor of Sarawak Report Clare Rewcastle-Brown to return the data that he had handed them, the Malaysian state news agency said, citing an unnamed source familiar with the case.

The source told Bernama the lawsuit is scheduled to be heard at the High Court in Singapore on Nov 4 as the data, which Justo had stolen from PetroSaudi, was handed to them there.

Justo had admitted to stealing 90 gigabytes of data, including emails and documents, from PetroSaudi as part of an attempted blackmail.

When the blackmail failed, he handed the data to Tong and Brown who allegedly offered about US$2 million (S$2.8 million), but he was arrested on June 22 on the southern Thai island of Koh Samui before he could receive any payment.

Justo applied for bail on Monday but his application was rejected by the court. He is expected to make a fresh bail application next week.

Bernama quoted a lawyer in Kuala Lumpur, Kevin Joshua, as saying that Justo had no right to sue since he has “no title to the property” to make any claim.

“It’s like a robber suing a goldsmith to whom he sold stolen jewellery,” the partner in Kevin and Co was quoted as saying.

“While he may have a right to initiate a suit the question is whether it can be sustained, and that depends on what is pleaded.”

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