Altantuya continues to haunt them
A spectacular murder covered up by the government comes alive again
Nearly eight years after her gruesome murder in a jungle clearing near Kuala Lumpur, Mongolian translator and party girl Altantuya Shaariibuu is coming back to haunt Malaysian Prime Minister Najib, his wife, Rosmah Mansor, and other members of Najib’s family.
The action is taking place in a Malaysian Bar Council three-person Advocates and Solicitors Disciplinary Board committee that is seeking to determine whether one of the country’s top lawyers acted improperly in helping to force a now-dead private investigator, Perumal Balasubramaniam, known as Bala, to recant a sworn statement tying Najib to the murdered woman. (more…)
Putrajaya’s appeal before the Federal Court in the high-profile murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu may have hit a snag as one of the two policemen acquitted of the crime has reportedly gone missing, say sources.
Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar walked out a free man after his appeal against the High Court conviction was set aside last August.
Since then, the policeman has not contacted his lead counsel Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin, who represented him during trial and in the Court of Appeal, the sources said. (more…)
Altantuya’s father Setev Shaariibuu wants a speedy end to the case involving his daughter’s brutal murder as he has a RM100 million suit against Abdul Razak Baginda, and the government and the two others accused. – The Malaysian Insider pic, November 6, 2013.Setev Shaariibuu, the father of murdered Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu, and the Mongolian government want to know what is happening to Putrajaya’s appeal against the acquittal of two former police commandos for killing her in 2006.
They noted that it has been more than two months since the acquittal of former chief inspector Azilah Hadri and corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, but there has only been silence from the Attorney General’s Chambers. (more…)
Despite a detailed confession of pre-meditated murder from Sirul Azhar bin Haji Umar (IC No: RF12559) recorded in Police Report No: 7380/06 on 9 November 2006 at 1635 hrs by Inspector Nom Phot a/l Prack Dit, the Court of Appeal on August 23rd this year decided to let both Sirul Azhar and his instigator Capt. Azilah Hadri walk free.
It has been established that Capt. Azilah Hadri was from the elite UTK (Special Operations Unit of the Royal Malaysian Police) and had served as personal bodyguard to then defence minister and deputy prime minister Najib Razak. He was summoned by Najib’s ADC and security chief, DSP Musa Safri, after Abdul Razak Baginda reported to his close friend and biggest client Najib Razak, that he was being harassed relentlessly by a very determined Mongolian woman demanding her share of a RM540 million kickback from a top secret French submarine deal. (more…)
While the Court of Appeal last Friday detailed the non-calling of Najib Abdul Razak’s aide-de-camp DSP Musa Safri as a factor in acquitting the two Special Action Unit officers, the written judgment also states that the second accused, Sirul Azhar Umar, could have been framed.
Sirul Azhar in his testimony from the dock had described how he had been made “a scapegoat” by the police, to be sacrificed in order to protect their plans.
In the written judgment released today, Court of Appeal judge Tengku Maimum Tuan Mat described why it was unsafe to accept the evidence from the police officers who went to Sirul Azhar’s Kota Damansara home. (more…)
– Lim Mun Fah
The two alleged suspects of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu’s murder were acquitted after they had brought the case to the Court of Appeal.
The outcome immediately sparked a chorus of controversy. But Attorney General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail informed that the prosecution would appeal, that said, this 159-day trial, has not yet come to an end.
This trial has since aroused global attention. The reason is two-fold. Firstly, Altantuya the deceased is a Mongolian beauty with a legendary and murky identity.
She was reported to have come all the way from Mongolia to meet her lover in Malaysia but ended up murdered, and her remains destroyed with C-4 explosives. This amorous, exciting and atrocious plot of the narrative is arresting at its best to the stalking-oriented public. (more…)
Nawawi Mohamad, Stan Lee
Although the Appeals Court judges did not give many details for their decision to acquit the Altantuya killers except to say that there had been serious misdirection by the lower court, there is little doubt the most glaring flaw was why did they fail to order a retrial, and instead so ‘kindly’ dished out an acquittal – which would mean the killers can never be charged again for the same crime?
This is why apart from the public outcry, there is a lot of unease in the legal fraternity. To almost everyone in the country, it is like the powers that be are trying to shield Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor.
And to add salt to the country’s wound, these ruthless ‘invisible hands’ are once again using the nation’s court system to get themselves and their cronies out of a sticky situation. It is beyond shocking, how could they? (more…)
The tragedy of a brutal killing compounded by courtroom farce
Malaysia’s Court of Appeal on Friday overturned an earlier conviction of two of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s former bodyguards on a charge of murdering Mongolian translator Altantuya Shaariibuu in October 2006 in a ruling that was greeted with disbelief and outrage.
The court said the two former elite police offers would go free because Najib’s chief of staff, Musa Safri, was never called to testify in a trial that was widely regarded as a cooked-up sham designed to protect Najib, then defense minister, from being interrogated or having to testify.
The prosecution can appeal the acquittal to the Federal Court, the nation’s highest tribunal. The two were scheduled to be freed on Friday. (more…)
Why, you may ask, has this Razak Baginda-Altantuya affair not brought down Najib and caused the downfall of the Umno-led BN government?
Watergate resulted in the resignation of an American president and the indictment, trial, conviction and incarceration of a number of Nixon’s top administration officials. No sex, no corruption, no cronyism, no murder, no national security issues…just Nixon lying to the American people!
The Profumo Affair forced the resignation of Britain’s War Minister and ended 13 years of unbroken Conservative government rule. This was a tale of how the rich, famous and powerful indulged in sex, with suicide, intrigue and espionage thrown in for good measure. (more…)
Who killed Cock Robin?
I, said the sparrow.
With my little bow and arrow,
I killed Cock Robin.
The little sparrow was obviously very honest and bold to admit it. But that was ages ago. Sorry if the younger, non-English medium school generation have not heard this.
“Who killed Altantuya?” is the current question on the nation’s and the world’s lips. (more…)
The cast of this murder mystery – including the prime minister himself – are not yet off the hook, pending appeals and a civil suit that promises more answers.
An exotic model murdered by explosives. A prime minister linked by the court of public opinion. A jilted lover living in exile. And a shady, multi-multibillion ringgit deal between two countries.
They sound like tropes Sydney Sheldon would dream up of – the perfect ingredients for a cheesy mystery-cum-romance novel one could breeze through on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
But there is no ending for this mystery; on the contrary, the saga has taken on a new twist with the acquittal of Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar Umar – two men who were originally convicted of her murder, but who now walk free. (more…)
Kua Kia Soong
There have been too many inconsistencies in the Altantuya case which warrant truthful answers.
Nothing short of a full public inquiry into the Altantuya murder and the motive for her murder will do.
The acquittal of the two former bodyguards of then defence minister Najib Tun Razak by the Appeal Court is the ultimate in the farce that has typified the Altantuya murder trial since 2006.
The prosecution of the case has been disgraceful from the start, with the failure to establish the motive for Altantuya’s murder the most questionable of all. (more…)
The Court of Appeal on Friday will deliver its ruling on the appeal of two former police commandos who were convicted for the murder of Mongolian model and translator Altantuya Shaariibuu in 2006.
Counsel Datuk Hazman Ahmad, who is representing former chief inspector Azilah Hadri, told The Malaysian Insider today that he was informed by the court of appeal registrar about the judgement date.
Azilah was jointly charged and convicted with Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar by the High Court in Shah Alam in 2009 for murdering Altantuya, 28, at a forest reserve in Shah Alam in October, 2006.
Both were then with the Bukit Aman Special Action Squad and were in Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s security team. Najib was then the deputy prime minister and defence minister. (more…)
Only statements made under oath before the judges count, says Suaram lawyer William Bourdon.
Any statements made by Scorpene deal middleman Jasbir Singh Chahl do not count. This is the opinion of Suara Rakyat Malaysia’s (Suaram) France-based lawyer William Bourdon.
“Currently, hearing Jasbir as a witness [in the Scorpene submarine deal] is still ongoing. As a consequence, only statements made under oath before the judges count,” he said in a press statement.
According to Suaram director Cynthia Gabriel, Jasbir has given a 270-page long testimony in the French court. (more…)
French judges investigating alleged kickbacks in the sale of two Scorpene-class submarines to the Malaysian government by DCNS, a Paris-based shipmaker, are also probing the entry of three individuals into France since 1999, said a source.
The trio – Najib Abdul Razak, Abdul Razak Baginda and Altantuya Shaariibuu – were said to have visited France, but their entry and exit are not recorded in immigration documents.
Jasbir Singh Chahl, a former broker, has since claimed that French records indicate that Altantuya had never entered France and that she was not involved in the deal. (more…)
Kua Kia Soong
The New Straits Times has never been the beacon of investigative journalism in Malaysia. Resurrecting Jasbir Singh Chahl to try to whitewash the Scorpene scandal is hardly a scoop – Jasbir’s churlish account fails to answer the many questions raised by the scandal and the murder of Altantuya.
SUARAM has all along stuck to the facts and this can be checked in our publication: “Questioning Arms Spending in Malaysia: From Altantuya to Zikorsky” by Kua Kia Soong, 2010. By no means does Jasbir disprove the chronology of events noted in the book nor shed any light on the revelations by the French enquiry thus far. But first, let us examine the credentials of this man touted as the “architect” of the Scorpene submarine deal, the most expensive arms purchase by our country to date, costing well over RM7 billion. (more…)
The prosecution in the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder conviction appeal argued in court today that there was nothing to link then deputy prime minister Najib Abdul Razak to the death of the Mongolian woman.
This is because the first accused, Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, had admitted in his defence testimony that “what he did was on his own”, deputy solicitor-general III Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah told the Court of Appeal.
Tun Abdul Majid (left), the number five in the Attorney-General’s Chambers, admitted that political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, who was acquitted of abetting in the murder, knew Najib. (more…)
The failure to call Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s aide-de-camp, Deputy Superintendent Musa Safri, constitutes a mistrial which led to the conviction of former police officers Sirul Azhar Umar and Azilah Hadri in the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu in 2006.
Counsel Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin, who is representing Sirul, said this was because Musa was the only person who could shed light on the numerous phone transactions between himself and Abdul Razak Baginda. Razak Baginda was then the political analyst to Najib, who was then the deputy prime minister.
In his affidavit, Razak Baginda had said there were more than 30 phone calls and text messages to Musa on Oct 19, 2006, to stop his then lover, Altantuya, from harassing his family. (more…)
The Court of Appeal has noted that the Shah Alam High Court judge presiding over the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder trial did not address the issue of common intention for the two Special Action Unit personnel to murder her.
The matter was raised by judge Linton Albert today, who pointed out to deputy solicitor-general III Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah that Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar were jointly charged under Section 34 of the Penal Code with murdering Altantuya.
Justice Linton pointed out near the closing of today’s proceedings that High Court judge Mohd Zaki Md Yassin did not address this issue at all.
“There is nothing in (the High Court judgment) which addresses this issue,” he said. (more…)
A lawyer for Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri says the type of explosives used in the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu is not in the stock of federal police headquarters Bukit Aman.
Submitting on one of the grounds in Azilah’s appeal against conviction for the murder of Altantuya, lawyer Hazman Ahmad said questions therefore arose as to how Azilah had allegedly procured the C4 explosives.
“Azilah’s log record from Bukit Aman shows that he was only issued with a Glock pistol and magazines. Hence, there is a question as to how this type of explosive was allegedly used. (more…)
Not calling in a former aide-de camp of then deputy prime minister Najib Abdul Razak, Deputy Supt Musa Safri, to testify in the murder trial of Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar constituted a mistrial, the Court of Appeal was told today.
Lawyer Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin, who is acting for Sirul Azhar, the second accused in the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder trial, said only Musa could verify the veracity of the controversial affidavit filed by the third accused in the murder, political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, which led to Abdul Razak’s acquittal.
Kamarul said Abdul Razak’s phone records showed more than 30 text messages that the political analyst sent to Musa (left) between Oct 7 and 19, 2006, of which 12 were recorded on Oct 19, 2006, the night Altantuya was murdered. (more…)
The Court of Appeal today allowed an application by former policeman Sirul Azhar Umar to appeal his conviction for the 2006 murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu on the grounds that there has been a mistrial.
Sirul’s lawyer Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin said they are now seeking a declaration of the 2009 decision as a mistrial based on two new and related grounds, namely the adverse publicity and the “real and possible” danger that the High Court judge’s impartiality was affected by the said publicity.
“We have brought in an application this morning. That application is to include two new grounds in the petition of appeal. (more…)
The Court of Appeal has granted leave for former Special Action Force personnel Sirul Azhar Umar to include two new grounds of appeal in the case involving the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu.
One of the grounds is that the presiding judge who convicted Sirul may have had access to “adverse publicity” which could have affected his decision and cause a mistrial.
The prosecution, led by Tun Abdul Majid Hamzah, did not object to the application.
The three-member bench, consisting of Justices Mohamed Apandi Ali, Linton Albert and Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, instructed Sirul’s defence team to re-file the application within 10 days. (more…)
Our Correspondent, John Berthelsen
The murder victim, Altantuya Shaariibuu
Series of stories on the murder of a Mongolian woman in Malaysia and related scandals honored as best investigative story in annual regional competition
Asia Sentinel’s editor-in-chief John Berthelsen won first prize for Excellence in Investigative Reporting at the annual Society of Publishers in Asia journalism awards in Hong Kong on Thursday.
The award was for a series of pieces on the brutal murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu, a young Mongolian woman slain in Kuala Lumpur in 2006 by two bodyguards assigned to now-Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s office. (more…)
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and Women’s Minister Rohani Abdul Karim must respond to the Mongolian delegation’s demand for answers to the murder of translator Altantuya Shaariibuu, says Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin.
“Najib, as the prime minister, should respond to the questions posed to him by the delegation. He should be ashamed and take action to resolve the case so that it does not drag on and tarnish Malaysia’s name,” the Wanita PKR leader said in a statement yesterday.
Zuraida (left) said Rohani should pressure Najib on the issue, in view of the brutal murder of the mother of two children. (more…)
The Mongolian delegation at the Global Summit of Women in Kuala Lumpur has urged the Malaysian government to provide answers on the mysterious death of Mongolian national Altantuya Shariibuu in Malaysia.
Speaking to media on the sidelines of the conference, Mongolian Women’s Federation (MWF) president J Erdenechimeg (right) said that a trial should re-commence to find out who is responsible for Altantuya’s death.
“We are making a special request to the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry of Malaysia to act on this, and for a quick hearing to be convened,” she stressed. (more…)
Setev Shaariibuu is still looking for closure. And he urges Malaysians to vote for justice on polling day, which falls on the eve of his daughter’s birthday.
Seven years have passed since the gruesome murder that sent shockwaves throughout the nation. But it continues to haunt the political arena.
The life of a beautiful, young woman had been tragically robbed. She was shot, and her remains blown up with explosives.
Despite his repeated denials, there are those who still believe that the blood trail leads right up to Najib Tun Razak’s doorstep. (more…)
On 19 April 2013, 2 SUARAM secretariat, and key spokespersons of the Ops Scorpene campaign, Ms Cynthia Gabriel and Ms Fadiah Nadwa, went on an urgent mission to PARIS at the request of SUARAM’s French lawyers, William Bourdon and Apoline Cagnat.
The two judges in charge of the case Roger LeLoire and Serge Tournaire, have been following recent new information offered by various persons on the death of Altantuya Shaaribuu.
The brief mission discussed the following details: (more…)
A fortnight before she disappeared (presumed murdered) Altantuya received a call from French born Miami based arms trafficker Jean Bernard Lasnaud warning her to keep her head low.
Altantuya is understood to have communicated information about that call to her ‘sister’ and possibly to the late self proclaimed Private Investigator Balasubramaniam. Balasubramaniam corroborated that information about the Lasnaud Altantuya telephone conversation in a telephone discussion between himself and a Malaysian journalist in September of 2012.
Jean Bernard Lasnaud was furious. He was in fact livid. Lasnaud who is widely believed to have been on the payroll of the French foreign intelligence service had a number of other irons in the fire and did not want Altantuya in her new life in Malaysia jeopardising his many opportunities in the trade with her loose talk about the French Malaysian deal. (more…)
The recent public testimonies by Deepak Jaikishan, P. Balasubramaniam and the dead private detective’s lawyer Americk Sidhu are strong enough grounds for the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) to reopen the controversial 2006 murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu, the Malaysian Bar’s new president said today.
Christopher Leong, who took office earlier this month, told the public prosecutors they should not defer further investigating the case that have thrown two former elite policemen on death row.
“The revelations by Deepak Jaikishan, the late Balasubramaniam Perumal, and Americk Singh Sidhu raise sufficient concern to warrant further investigations by the authorities. (more…)
What rubbish is the Attorney-General talking “I have no power to investigate Bala’s SD2”? So who has the power, or has nobody such power? Are we to believe that feudalism still holds sway in Malaysia?
The case is about the two police officers Sirul Azhar and Azilah Hadri who were sentenced to death. Has the case against them been proven beyond doubt? SD2 casts a very serious doubt on their guilt. They may have pulled the trigger, wrapped the corpse in C4 and ignited it, but all this by itself does not prove their guilt. It must be shown that they had a motive to do what they did. If the intention to annihilate all traces of Altantuya Shaariibuu was not theirs, then they cannot be sentenced to death even though they pulled the trigger. (more…)
Does PI Bala’s untimely death also put an end to the battle for truth to be revealed? Does his passing close the Altantuya murder ghastly chapter for Najib and Rosmah?
The country’s sixth prime minister has blood on his hands; yet Najib Tun Razak did not even once consider the aftermath of his actions and continues to rape the laws of this nation.
From allegations that he was involved in the murder of Mongolian native Altantuya Shaariibuu to the startling revelation by seasoned lawyer Cecil Abraham (through another lawyer) that Najib had directed him to prepare another version of the statutory declaration that absolved the premier from having anything to do with Altantuya, the prime minister has to reconcile with the fact that the rakyat no longer wants a scheming leader to lead the country. (more…)
The prime minister is being unfair to the people by keeping them on their toes with regard to the election date, says a PKR man.
GEORGE TOWN: Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak is being unfair to the people if he continues to indulge in the guessing game on when the general election will be held, said a PKR official.
Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, who is the party’s communications director, said although it is the prerogative of the prime minister to decide when best to call the national election, Najib’s strategy is unfair to Malaysians as it shows he is selfish. (more…)
Years of speculation as to who drafted private investigator P Balasubramaniam’s second statutory declaration dramatically came to a close on 16 March 2013 at the Bar Council’s 67th annuel general meeting when Bala’s lawyer, Americk Sidhu, revealed the identity of the person.
Najib must step down pending a probe
Years of speculation as to who drafted private investigator P Balasubramaniam’s second statutory declaration dramatically came to a close on 16 March 2013 at the Bar Council’s 67th annuel general meeting when Bala’s lawyer, Americk Sidhu, revealed the identity of the person. (more…)
THE DEADLY GAME OF SUBMARINES
A star lawyer appointed by French arms maker DCNS to act on its behalf over the Malaysian Scorpene corruption inquiry has been found dead near his private island in Brittany.
The body of Olivier Metzner, a top French lawyer whose clients ranged from Panama’s ex-dictator Manuel Noriega to former prime minister Dominique de Villepin, was found floating in the sea in Brittany, north-west of France. The police found a suicide note.
But Noriega, whom Metzner had defended in 2010, said in a note sent by his eldest daughter that he was “surprised” and “deeply hurt” to learn of the death. The former Panama leader also staunchly rejected suggestions of suicide, saying the act was “incompatible with (Metzner’s) personality”. (more…)
Senior lawyer Cecil Abraham has allegedly admitted acting on Najib Abdul Razak’s instructions to prepare the late private investigator P Balasubramaniam’s controversial second statutory declaration (SD).
Bala’s lawyer Americk Sidhu revealed this during the Malaysian Bar annual general meeting (AGM) today in Kuala Lumpur.
The AGM was debating a motion on setting up an independent committee to investigate who had drafted the second SD. (more…)
The first statutory declaration linked Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shariibuu.
SEPANG Former private investigator P Balasubramaniam returned to Malaysia today and immediately declared that the first statutory declaration (SD) he made in 2008 on the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shariibuu was the truth.
Holding up a Hindu holy book Bhagavad Gita, he swore that the allegation linking Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to the murder contained in the first SD was a fact. (more…)
Suaram says a key negotiator has agreed to testify.
The French probe into Malaysia’s purchase of two Scorpene submarines has taken a leap forward with a key witness agreeing to assist the investigators, according to the human rights organisation Suaram.
Suaram secretariat member Cynthia Gabriel told FMT that the witness, whom she described as “the key negotiator” in the purchase, offered his co-operation after receiving a second subpoena notice last month.
Suaram filed a complaint with the French authorities in 2009, saying it suspected that corruption was involved in the deal. (more…)
The question is if Umno will allow Najib to continue to helm the party and country if BN only wins with a smaller majority or without parliamentary two-thirds.
Can Najib Tun Razak survive as prime minister after the country’s 13th general election?
This was the biggest political question today as Malaysians await the forthcoming dissolution of the parliament, said DAP’s Bukit Bendera MP Liew Chin Tong.
Of course, he said Najib would sure to lose power if Barisan Nasional was defeated. (more…)
Controversial businessman Deepak Jaikishan said today he expects to reveal everything about P. Balasubramaniam’s second sworn statement in 2008 in relation to the 2006 high-profile murder of Mongolian model Altantuyaa Shaariibuu.
Deepak (picture) said he was summoned by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) this morning at about 10.
“They want me to give a statement on the SD2,” he said, referring to private investigator Balasubramaniam’s second statutory declaration, which contradicted his first sworn statement. (more…)
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. Photo: AFP
THE plot has all the trappings of a B-grade movie: the murder of a glamorous Mongolian socialite amid allegations of high-level bribery, blackmail, betrayal and political cover-up.
But these are real-life events, and they could set back the chances of Malaysia’s ruling coalition in an election that Prime Minister Najib Razak must call by midyear.
Mr Najib denies involvement but the allegations will not go away. The internet in Malaysia is running hot with allegations by a disaffected businessman, Deepak Jaikishan, who is well connected in the ruling United Malays National Organisation. (more…)
Grim faced for a healthy man – the Prime Minister denies stroke rumours today
The Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak, chose to make an interesting denial earlier today, in response to our report about the rumours which have been circulating, that he suffered a minor stroke.
He was pleased to say that the reports are wrong and urged Malaysians not to read anything that has not been licensed and censored by his regime.
“Don’t listen to the blogs please” he pleaded, neglecting to acknowledge that he clearly had himself. (more…)
Enough to cause a stroke?
Word is seeping out that the Prime Minister of Malaysia suffered a ‘minor stroke’ over the weekend.
Given the scandals building around him, perhaps the pressure has started to tell?
So far, Najib Razak has provided no substantial answers to the deadly accusations over the past couple of weeks, further linking him to the cover-up over the murder of the model Altantuya Shaariibuu and to the kickbacks from the French Scorpene submarine deal. (more…)