Justo to sue Edge owner Tong, 2 others over PetroSaudi data

Swiss national Xavier Andre Justo will 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.


Justo wants Tong Kooi Ong; Ho Kay Tat, group chief executive officer and Publisher of The Edge Communications Sdn Bhd; and Clare Rewcastle-Brown, founder-editor of Sarawak Report to return the data that he handed them, according to a source familiar with the case.

Justo is serving a three-year prison term in Bangkok for trying to blackmail his former employer PetroSaudi International.

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

Justo had admitted to stealing 90GB 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 are alleged to have offered about US$2 million (RM8.68 million), but he was arrested on June 22 on the island of Koh Samui in southern Thailand 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.

In Kuala Lumpur, lawyer Kevin Joshua said 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,” said the partner in Kevin and Co.

“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.” – Bernama, October 29, 2015.

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