Ex-PetroSaudi director’s arrest ‘suspicious’, says Dr M


(The Malaysian Insider) – The arrest of former PetroSaudi International director Xavier Andre Justo is suspicious and appears planned, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.

Not ruling out the possibility the involvement of the Malaysian government, he said that “very clever propagandists” were hard at work to “blacken” his face.

“What makes me puzzled is that he didn’t commit a crime in Thailand. He committed the crime in Saudi Arabia.

“I guess he must be a terrorist, that’s why Thailand arrested him. If it was just a matter of defrauding a company, that should be Saudi Arabia’s problem.”

When asked if he was prepared to apologise should authorities prove that the leaked documents on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) had been tampered with, Dr Mahathir was non-committal.

“I will see what he says. But the circumstances appear suspicious. It seems planned. Many clever people are involved.”