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tv   The Stream 2019 Ep 23  Al Jazeera  February 8, 2019 7:33am-8:01am +03

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us department of justice alleges into malaysia's then prime minister najib resign x. personal bank account become the whatever they want. but as simple as that you have the money. the channels the bank accounts and that's when i saw that enormous number being transferred to a company that belonged to that it was an offshore instrument belonging to. that was when i knew i had a earth shattering story. but very real wanted to point five million dollars before he'd give her the dollar i'm not sending this to your back bidder this is worth a lot of one i just want to recover my money. i knew this was a story i couldn't just turn away from just because i didn't have a few million dollars in the end one of southeast asia's biggest media financial crepes got in touch and told me that they wanted to speak to us and what would be
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interested in buying salvias story. in february twenty fifth deen a deal was done xavier was promised two million dollars by the media conglomerate andrew castle broome left with a copy of the data a few days later she published her first story heist of the century. four months later xavier was jailed in thailand on a charge of attempted blackmail against petro saudi it was a terrible shock and there were some very very terrifying pictures i mean he is surrounded by heavily armed guards he was in handcuffs he was being he was being paraded for the malaysian media so therefore you could see that there was conspiracy here at the highest levels. back in malaysia then prime minister najib resign was facing a leadership crisis as he tried to explain one in degrees mind boggling
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fifteen billion dollar debt. xavi is a wrist was the start of a relentless campaign to discredit the former insider petro sell the announced it was a victim of a crime by an unscrupulous ex employee and hired a dart a security expert who then discredited castle brown tees stated to the world media that i had forged the data and that i had doctored it and that there was you know that i was lying and it was. that these things were being said so i knew something incredibly was going on at a very high level and clearly hugely funded. and things would become even more just design a video was about to go into court to apply for bail. while
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. but they're open and there's a english guy. from scotland yard he's an international investigation it's between you with my leisure time and the government does increasing wrong but we need you to go abroad with those you have to prove. there was you go to prison. i'm not going to prison i'm not going to plead guilty of things i haven't done that that's ridiculous. xavier was denied bail and jailed what he didn't know at the time was the even leishman the so-called paul scott was not a scotland yard officer but instead a security consultant employed by petro saudi who seemingly had influence over tile farty. i couldn't speak to no one could give me from you even where he worth. thousands of kilometers away in switzerland nor
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a turn to clear a counsel brown for hope. we sat down and i you know and together i wrote the real story against what was being poured out against him in in malaysia and we published that. but then came a phone call for laura from the so-called poor scotch he was with xavier calling from the prison in thailand to tell her scotland yard was on the case laura told me yes they're the same all the savio nice to do is to cooperate with the strategy of the scotland yard detectives mick to a little crime receive a slap on the wrist at this point i'm beginning to think why is the scotland yard detective asking survey to mit to something and nor someone i don't know but we have to put our trust in them in the hands because so obvious telling me i have to cooperate in prison in bangkok zevi a was co-op. arranging meeting the
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so called paul's guard and patrick mahoney regularly xavier says paul dictated a confession it cleared petro saudi in one him to be of any wrongdoing and implicated rew castle brown in a plot to bring down malaysia's prime minister najib resign back i would have confessed whatever they wanted you have no idea what is the job you have to live up to understand i really wanted to go home want to be with my wife and with my son . a bang directions xavier was marched out for a few carefully selected media interviews. a paper closely aligned with malaysia's then ruling party was first stop if you read the interviews it's the same structure i started out that. i'm a bad guy. i'm
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a greedy guy you know the that i've been manipulated i work with journalists bloggers in coordination with the opposition when most of the point he said class tampered with the daughter well you know that's one of those moments i knew i hadn't i knew he knew i hadn't so i knew exactly what was going on i'd taken my own sort of journalistic route to establish by that time that there was no official scotland yard investigation even though the t'ai police was saying that they had british scotland yard detectives working with them on the case in bangkok realised that we were talking about an extraordinary conspiracy the most oday shifts conspiracy. the one in t.v. scandal was escalating rapidly phonology brazil news breaking around the world and
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that almost seven hundred million dollars had been deposited into his personal bank account. just as the attorney general was reportedly preparing to charge him with misappropriating one m.t.b. functions the prime minister sacked him from the position it was not merely because charges were about to be double that i had not been fully interviewed and if charges were level before full investigation that's not proper. in orcus twenty fifteen under normal pressure xavi just pleaded guilty ensuring he'd be locked away until after malaysia's next general election i remember it was in the morning. and foreigner. through here couldn't believe.
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just faking. with angry a with. was being played with being forced to do things i didn't want. my husband or them alone and desperate i had my son no it was only three i think it was one of the. of the worst time of my life. but laura didn't cut ties with petro saudi she says they were now promising an early release for her husband patrick called me and he was i mean but you know it's we had to do that for the press for the shaw don't worry you will celebrate christmas song with your husband. and you know this that's the
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point where. you know i have to have a backup plan. and corporate of the things that i was making sure that everything was recorded to make sure that if one the i could prove when they're done. laurie says patrick mahoney pressured her to download an application on her phone so she could record conversations with clear blue castle brown that could then be used to incriminate the journalist. actually i managed to record them . who there are. people in the way because they forgot that every time they would call me it would've been recorded. many of the recordings are now evidence for criminal complaints the couple have filed in switzerland and the united kingdom and have also been shared with other all thora
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g.'s including the f.b.i. the prime minister of malaysia was often the subject of discussion so this is patrick mahoney and me he's saying that everyone is is in a lot of troubles and the prime minister of malaysia basically is in and it's a lot of a lot of troubles because of what they've. said many christian groups. that . but he. it seems they are sixteen simulate traveler don't they need one lawyer who will take care of what are it's. that you know it's just that in the situation or people who propose for you that has. a propensity to stop. laura plays another recording with patrick mahoney he tells her he's going to be sent the list of questions the malaysian police will ask xavier when they interview him in prison
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. should a civil case short. the rollock just short sprigg start the third sponsor a. you can see the access he has to prison because paul is going to be sent to a few days before this interview with the malaysian police to prepare him he then tells laura that her husband must stick to the story they have been telling credible kind of particulars as a lot. of. finally eighteen months after his arrest xavier was released not because of petro saudi but rather a royal amnesty from the time i keep. i'm not chairing org of the un you're a free man expelled from the country as a free man. so. you have not the other feeling just hearing it was
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not from the prison. where three were free it's amazing really the lives finished and we started. the fight for the truce. so it was and of a chapter a very bad one. and it was the beginning of a new one. as xaverian uhura rebuild their lives at least six countries around the world are investigating one m.t.b. linked to corruption and charges a being lied. to unnamed petro saudi officials are under investigation in switzerland for fraud money laundering and bribery of foreign officials. to record bay and the so-called pull scott whose real name is paul finnegan didn't respond to the allegations put forward by one or one ace through his lawyers
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patrick mahoney denies all allegations made against him and any wrongdoing neither petro salaries headquarters nor former co know prince turki responded to our attempts to contact them. through his media advisor joe no declined to be interviewed i do think they. know there are on the regime this clip the government being exposed and everything's thanks to the. recently xavier received two million dollars from the malaysian media conglomerate but one wonders if the petro saudi direct is had paid say via the money he says he was on whether the walls biggest heist would have ever been exposed i don't know
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that's that's a beautiful question and if i want to. i will tell you of course i would have given that that. i don't you can go back in history. soon killed ten from many members and. the war has passed some. people in power i mean it's the women heading an eighteen man militia. and dispensing justice with an unforgiving hand. and eye for an hour. in iraq on al-jazeera. as venezuela is on the brink. with two men facing off for power.
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one of them self-proclaimed interim venezuelan leader. talks to al-jazeera. you stand the differences. and the similarities of cultures across the world. al jazeera. this is al-jazeera. hello i'm the stars it's hey and this is the news hour live from doha coming up in the next sixty minutes a un special rapporteur says jamal khashoggi died in
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a brutal and premeditated killing carried out by saudi officials. that the u.s. steps up its rhetoric on venezuela as much needed aid moves closer to the border in colombia. the refugee families stranded on a british military base for more than two. in teen years and their fight for asylum . and we look at the films vying for the coveted golden bear would at the been a film festival. the u.n. human rights and boy investigating the murder of journalist jamal khashoggi says it was a brutal premeditated killing planned and perpetrated by saudi arabian officials the findings by special rapporteur agnes kalamata follow
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a week long trip to turkey with a team of experts to examine evidence her initial conclusion is that saudi arabia seriously undermined takis efforts to access the crime scene and investigate the matter at the istanbul consulate in october she's requested an official visit to riyadh and expressed major concerns about fairness for the eleven suspects on trial for the matter our diplomatic editor james bays reports. a week after agnes kalamata and her team of legal and forensic experts visited istanbul and the saudi consulate where jamal khashoggi was murdered the un special rapporteur has released her initial findings and they are damning in a written statement she says evidence collected during my mission to turkey shows prime a facie case that mr cruise shoji was the victim of a brutal and premeditated killing planned and perpetrated by officials of the state of saudi arabia during the visit to turkey ms callum odds team met with key turkish
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officials and was played an audiotape which is believed to be a recording of mr kershaw g.'s last minutes alive and of his murder she says it was gruesome and chilling agnus kalamata undertook this inquiry on her own initiative under her existing mandate to examine cases of extrajudicial executions her work continues and she report her findings to the un human rights council in about four months time the un secretary general has refused to set up his own inquiry into the murder of mr cruz shoji unless he gets a referral from the human rights council the security council or the un general assembly the initial findings of this investigation likely to increase pressure here at the un for tougher action against saudi arabia but the authorities in riyadh allow it to be more worried about what happens next in washington. outside the white house the campaign group the committee to protect journalists held an
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event to mark the fact that february eighth is the deadline for president trump to take action against saudi arabia shoji case under what's known as the magnitsky act even if mr trump decides not to act there are many in congress who made it quite clear they will not let this case drop james pays out jazeera at the united nations . the u.s. state department says it will continue to consult with congress to hold those responsible for democracy to account the department of state shares the deep concern and outrage. over the killings of jamal khashoggi expressed by members of congress and we have consulted and corresponded with the congress regularly since jamal khashoggi is october second killing including briefings by the secretary of state john yearwood as an executive board member with the
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international press institute and he joins us now via skype from miami john a you hopeful that these initial findings by the un special rapporteur brings justice any closer. i think it does first of all let me go to gradually the special repertoire for the work that she's done so far despite opposition not only fund the saudis but from her own un kali so having said that i think this is only a start. the saudis next step should allow her into the kingdom so that she can conclude a work but i think what she has done so far is really important and really good work that despite the odds that she's been able to do john do you think it's likely that this u.n. report when it comes out in a few months will actually have a broader impact on the protection of journalists elsewhere. i think it will if it
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is of all also let me say that what she has concluded in this preliminary report is not much of a surprise because we all know that jamal was brutally going violently murdered and. this is at the saudi council it but i think that the world is looking at some kind of independent review and the result of that independent review and we are hopeful that we will get it from this report even though sadly it will not be binding so far but we hope that her conclusion will lead the un and others to take stronger action against saudi arabia john you speak about strong action your speaking to us from miami do you think that your country the united states and has taken strong enough action sofa. well it has not and as you have seen and in the previous report. the president was first asked if very strongly
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against saudi arabia and that he backtracked but the one good thing though as for those of us who are very much in dissident freedom of the press and abroad and watching this case very closely is looking at what will come out of congress because there are many in congress including many within the president's own party who are looking at this very closely and who are convinced that once we get some independent inquiry and review that there need to be some very strong actions taken against saudi you're against saudi arabia to make it clear that saudi arabia cannot do what it what it did in this case namely. brutally murder a journalist or obviously after know had risen john yearwood from the international press institute thanks very much for your time jon thank you very much well the united states says the time for dialogue with venezuela's president nicolas maduro
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is over its back self declared interim president and is calling from the bureau to hand power over and leave the country washington has also announced a visa bans on members of the prime of constituent assembly as to discussions with europe negotiating with him on his departure is fine if we ever get to that negotiation obviously he may flee some day or he may seek to negotiate conditions but that's not what he's done in the past what he's done in the past is to use these negotiations to prolong his stay in power and to try to demonstrate his legitimacy and that we're against andy gallagher joins us live now from washington d.c. and you tell us about what was said more in this briefing what's the u.s. position now. well the u.s. position is fairly straightforward and that is that they do not want to talk to nicolas maduro unless it's about him stepping aside and letting one quite zero become the interim president everything changed really with the relationship
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between the u.s. and venezuela where no one quite a last month declared himself the interim president and many countries have since followed suit now elliott abrams who is the special envoy to venezuela is saying also that they will ban doro supporters of those closest to madeira from traveling increasing the political pressure but of course at the heart of all this is an unfolding humanitarian crisis in venezuela three million people have already left the country a million alone of cross the border into colombia placing strains on the economies of the neighboring nations and as we speak u.s. a is moving towards the venezuelan border but so far the venezuelan military will not let that aid into the country where it is desperately needed nicolas maduro the president of venezuela saying he thinks that's a way of the u.s. intervening in their affairs militarily obviously that's not the case at the moment
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because those supplies are badly needed hospitals are running out of medicine and that's been the case for years and years and of course while the u.s. approach is in no particular way it's fairly straightforward what they want to see is nicolas maduro move to one side but in montevideo you've got a group of the e.u. and latin american leaders meeting and they're saying let's not be rash let's get these two sides to the negotiating table so you've got two very different approaches from world leaders on how to solve the crisis in venezuela meanwhile millions of people are suffering but the u.s. stance here is pretty clear they are backing one guy joe as on many of the countries i think the list is now grown to more than forty they want to see nicolas maduro step to one side but some of the leaders particularly european leaders and latin american leaders. saying let's take this step by step but perhaps try and get both sides the negotiating table but ultimately all the sides want to see the people of venezuela not suffer or continue to suffer and they want to see democracy
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restored in venezuela out as there is and gallagher there from washington thank you randi well as andy just mentioned a new e.u. backed organization and finding a solution to the crisis will send a technical mission to venezuela the contact group says its monitors will provide humanitarian aid and support for new elections it's been meeting in europe why is capital montevideo that was their. so a day of intense negotiations here in the you're acquiring capital montevideo between a representatives from the european union them five from latin america representing divergent views on the crisis in venezuela they ended with some strong words principally from the e.u. high representative of foreign affairs and security issues a figure. who said the humanitarian aid was of prime importance it must be allowed to reach those who need it most and must not be politicized and that they would be sending
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a team to venezuela to ensure that that took place they also called for free and fair elections democratic elections which most of all they stress should be run by and for the venezuelan people the group aimed toward a common international approach to support these political democratic and then as well and resell lucian to the crisis excluding the use of force through aspirants presidential elections you know cordons with the venezuelan prosecution strong words here in montevideo designed to reach the ears of the two main protagonists in venezuela itself the president nicolas maduro and the self declared interim president one why all poles apart politically with very little inclination to talk to one another say here they know that although they have issued strong words that they are united they have holes but very little chance of success while trucks carrying food and aid from the u.s. have arrived into crittur on the colombia venezuela border.

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