KUALA LUMPUR, March 5 – 1MDB whistleblower Xavier Andre Justo has left Malaysia for Switzerland following the political situation in Malaysia. He took to Facebook to say goodbye and thanked Malaysians.
“With great sadness and our hearts broken we ahd to leave your beautiful country!
“We as family have suffered a lot and I couldn’t take the risk of making the people I love the most suffer again in case things went wrong,” Justo said.
According to his Facebook post, they are now back in Switzerland.
He thanked the people that helped them in Malaysia and those who made sure they left without problems.
Justo the whistleblower
Justo was a former employee of PetroSaudi International and had provided information to the Edge and the Sarawak Report regarding the billions that were stolen from 1MDB under a joint venture with PetroSaudi International between 2009 and 2011.
He was sentenced to three years’ jail in Thailand in 2015 on charges of blackmailing PetroSaudi but was later given a royal pardon, which commuted his sentence by one-third.
In 2019, Justo received RM8.2 million (US$2 million) from the chairman of The Edge Media Group for helping to expose the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.
New Malaysian government must not interfere with 1MDB case
It is important for the new Malaysian government to ensure that 1MDB case go on without any political intervention for it to be seen as upholding the Rule of Law.
The public has voiced up their concerns that the return of UMNO in the new government coalition may see corruption cases such as 1MDB be closed via political intervention.
New Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin in his inaugural speech as the PM has assured that those facing court cases will have to clear their names in court and that there will be no political intervention by the new government.