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…)
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…)
John Berthelsen，Asia Sentinel
Retired Malaysian police chief schedules mysterious Bangkok press conference Monday to announce “new revelations” in murder for hire case
The Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand announced Saturday that Musa Hassan, who retired recently as Malaysia’s national police chief, would hold a Monday press conference in Bangkok with “new revelations” over the 2006 murder for hire of Mongolian beauty Altantuya Shaariibuu.
“After her death it was revealed that she had been linked to the sale of two French-made submarines to Malaysia for US$1.3 billion – a deal under heavy suspicion of high-level corruption,” the FCCT announcement said. “The current Malaysian PM, Najib Razak, was then Minister of Defense and the national police chief was Musa Hassan. The revelations shook the Malaysian political landscape.” (more…)
The lawyer petitioning the court in Paris to probe corruption in the sale of two Scorpene-class submarines to Malaysia has ticked off a French prosecutor for his remarks on the case reported yesterday by national news agency Bernama.
Prominent human rights lawyer William Bourdon, who is based in Paris, said there was no question of “an on-going trial” as the two French judges appointed to the case were still carrying out their investigations into the controversial defence deal between France and Malaysia.
“The Tribunal deGrande Instance has convened a criminal inquiry of which (Malaysian human rights group) Suaram has been accepted as a civil party since March 2012,” said Bourdon. (more…)
The French judiciary is holding a criminal inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the Scorpene submarine sale by a French company to Malaysia because it deems this ‘serious enough’ for an investigation.
PKR vice-president Tian Chua (left)confirmed at a press conference at the Parliament lobby today that the matter has yet to reach the trial stage.
“… (But) if the judge believes there were no grounds, he would have stopped the inquiry … Bernama used technical words to say there is no trial,” said Chua. (more…)
Suaram’s French lawyers are likely to brief MPs on the facts of the Scorpene inquiry in Singapore rather than in Malaysia as originally planned, said opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.
This, he said, is due to fears that the lawyers may not be permitted entry into Malaysia, as one of them – William Bourdon – had been deported from the country before.
Hence, there is a likelihood that the session will be held in Singapore possibly in November, Anwar told Malaysiakini after delivering the keynote speech ‘Does the Arab spring have the potential of becoming a Muslim spring?’ in Paris yesterday. (more…)
Outrage at Putrajaya’s clampdown on Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) appears to have given a major boost to civil society activism here, likely affecting the Najib government’s bid for votes from middle Malaysia ahead of an election expected soon.
The human rights watchdog has been instrumental in the French probe on Malaysia’s multibillion ringgit purchase of two Scorpene submarines, a high-profile scandal that many believe will unearth incriminating evidence against top government officials here.
Global rights group Amnesty International had yesterday raised suspicion over the timing of the government’s sudden interest in SUARAM’s operations and funding sources, saying the probe was opened only four weeks after the organisation revealed documents showing a close associate to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had allegedly sold Malaysian naval secrets to the French. (more…)
The government is making sure it does all within its power to ‘bury’ Suaram, in any way possible.
It is no secret that Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud practically owns the state and together with his family and cronies has raked in millions allegedly using fraudulent means to clean up the state’s rainforest of its priceless timber.
Still, Taib who has been safeguarding his chief minister’s seat for 31 years now has never been prosecuted under any law, despite there being proof of his corrupt and meandering ways.
From the look of things, it seems that nothing is going to stop the 76-year-old Taib from further plundering Sarawak’s rainforest and usurping the native customary rights land of the indigenous people of Sarawak . (more…)
P Ramakrishnan ,Aliran
The only crime committed by Suaram – it seems – it had dared to expose the massive corruption involving the Ministry of Defence when the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, was the defence minister.
The purchase of the Scorpene submarines is a scandal that can be termed as the mother of all scandals.
It cost taxpayers hundreds of million ringgit; it cost a Mongolian beauty her very life; it had caused the disappearance of records from the immigration system involving Altantuya’s entry into Malaysia; it led to a mystery over the release of the C4 explosives without authorisation to blow up a human body into smithereens; it perpetuated the puzzle regarding the conviction of two police personnel who had no motive to commit murder; it freed Razak Baginda, the lover of the murdered Mongolian beauty, without the prosecution appealing this bewildering court decision. (more…)
Suaram stands for Suara Rakyat Malaysia (The Voice of the Malaysian People). No one organisation can represent the voice of an entire nation, but no one organisation has likely done more for the voiceless of Malaysia than Suaram.
Who is Suaram?
Born in the aftermath of Ops Lalang, Suaram has been at the forefront of defending human rights in Malaysia since 1989 (when this author was only nine years old).
Suaram was formed by ex-ISA detainees and their family support groups to campaign for the abolition of the ISA. Over the years, its issues of concern grew to encompass a much wider scope. (more…)
Koh Jun Lin
The government should investigate companies involved in the Scorpene scandal instead of harassing Suaram, said its director Kua Kia Soong.
“It should be companies like Terasasi that should be investigated, but it turned out to be Suaram – the whistleblower – that is investigated,” Kua lamented at a press conference today.
He said the French had done Malaysia “a big favour” by investigating the French defence company DCNS and the government should act on its findings.
Suaram was nearly raided by the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) as part of a “routine inspection” yesterday, but the raid was aborted when the notice of inspection was found to be flawed. (more…)
Nurul’s plan to discuss the sale of secret submarine papers to a French company were rejected in Parliament today.
An emergency motion aimed at discussing the alleged sale of highly secret Scorpene submarine-related documents to a French company was rejected in Parliament today.
Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia rejected the Lembah Pantai MP (PKR) Nurul Izzah Anwar’s motion in his chambers this morning, as it did not adhere to Standing Order 23(1)(h).
The Standing Order states: (more…)
Prominent French human rights lawyer William Bourdon has been detained by immigration officers at KLIA.
The lawyer had arrived here from Penang, where he spoke at an event organised by rights group Suaram regarding the controversial Scorpene submarine deal.
He is scheduled to give another speech tonight in Petaling Jaya on the submarine scandal.
In June 2002, the Malaysian government signed an agreement with French DCNS and Spainish Navantia for the procurement of two Scorpene class submarines. (more…)