I would like to understand the following (because Google returns suspiciously low number of records for this form):

A: I saw him there.
B (joins the conversation): Hey, have you seen John lately?
C: He has just said he had seen him there.

Is it OK to use present perfect and then reported speech shifted back (from past simple to past perfect)?

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Present Perfect is OK with just (it points at the latest moment), but then you don't need Past Perfect: Past Simple is enough here to put the reported event before the event 'he has (said)'.

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