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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 18, 2015:

Police will secure evidence from convicted blackmailer Xavier Andre Justo for their investigations into serious offences committed here against the government, and Sarawak Report editor who was alleged to have uploaded a false report on her website.

For some time now, police had been anxious to secure the evidence from Justo, whom they believe can play a pivotal role in their investigations here under the Penal Code’s Section 124B and 124I.

The Attorney-General’s Chambers confirmed they were in contact with their Thai counterparts who had responded positively.

“In light of the conviction of Mr Xavier Andre Justo, a Swiss national, by the Bangkok criminal court on 17 August 2015, the Attorney-General’s Chambers has also received a positive response from its counterpart in Thailand and is in the process of obtaining further evidence under the Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters among the ASEAN member countries,” a statement issued by the Chambers read.

The statement elaborated that police had been carrying out numerous investigations under Section 124B and 124I, and stressed that these were serious offences under the law.

Under section 124B of the Penal Code, it is a criminal offence to commit an activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy by any means, directly or indirectly, and the offence is punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to twenty years.

Section 124I of the Penal Code, any person who, by word of mouth or in writing or in any newspaper, periodical, book, circular, or other printed publication or by any other means including electronic means spreads false reports or makes false statements likely to cause public alarm commits an offence that is punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years.

“It has also been brought to the Attorney-General’s Chambers attention that police reports have been made against persons both within and outside the country, and these reports have been classified under sections 124B and 124I to facilitate investigations.”

In this regard, the statement added, an arrest warrant has been issued in Malaysia against Ms Clare Rewcastle Brown @ Clare Louise Brown on 5 August 2015 in relation to the ongoing investigation by the Royal Malaysia Police under section 124B of the Penal Code.

This warrant of arrest was secured in relation to allegations that the Sarawak Report website (an online publication, administered, run by, managed by Ms Clare Rewcastle Brown) had on 30 July 2015 published a false report and draft sheet in the article entitled “Arrest Warrant for the Prime Minister – The Real Reason The Attorney General Was Fired” in order to implicate the Honourable Prime Minister of Malaysia with criminal offences.

Due to serious nature of such allegations as these offences will affect the stability of the country, the Attorney-General’s Chambers assured that all investigation papers submitted by police will be studied thoroughly and given the serious attention.

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