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…)
Kuek Ser Kuang Keng
French lawyer representing human rights NGO Suaram said the French judges probing the Scorpene scandal would have no choice but to incorporate the murder trial of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu into their inquiry.
“We don’t see how it would go the other way… They would obviously look into it,” said Apoline Cagnat (lrft in photo), at a briefing for Malaysian parliamentarians in Singapore today. (more…)
Kuek Ser Kuang Keng
She is representing human rights NGO Suaram in the probe by the French judiciary.Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and his confidante Abdul Razak Baginda are the “priority witnesses” in the investigation of the Scorpene scandal, said French lawyer Apoline Cagnat.
Cagnat (left in photo) told a briefing for Malaysian parliamentarians today in Singapore that, of the seven witnesses submitted by Suaram and accepted by the French judiciary, Najib and Razak are the most important.
“I hope the judges manage to interrogate them,” she said. (more…)
Kua Kia Soong
Several former Operation Lalang detainees who have congratulated the BN government in profusion for repealing the Internal Security Act (ISA) should be advised to be more circumspect. Detention without trial still exists in the form of the two anti-terrorism laws with security provisions that are broad and vague and that will result in continuation of detention without charge and denial of basic rights. Also, the BN government has shown that its capacity for vindictive prosecution is undiminished. When the ISA was enacted in 1960, the government justified it by saying it would only be used against the “communists”. Liberals therefore concluded that they would not be affected. However, the mass detentions, such as those of Operation Lalang in 1987, demonstrated that no one, especially progressive Malaysians, were exempt from the clutches of the ISA. The new “anti-terrorism” laws have a familiar sense of deja vu about them. We should not be too quick to presume that they will only be used against terrorists. (more…)
Yesterday, Suaram teamed-up with youth movement Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) to train some 80 people on how to give ceramah on the issue in their respective constituencies.Human rights NGO Suaram has embarked on a programme to take information about the Scorpene submarine scandal to the masses in an attempt to fight back accusations by the authorities that it publicly lied on the issue.
The campaign plans to attract about 200 speakers, largely from opposition political parties, from around the country to focus on spreading the issue to the people, especially to villagers in the kampung. (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…)
The Registrar of Societies (ROS) has issued notices ordering several senior members of the human rights NGO Suaram, including one who passed away two years ago, to have their statements recorded on Friday.
The notices, dated yesterday, pursuant to Section 111 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC), were sent to the office of Suara Inisiatif Sdn Bhd’s lawyer, and named Suaram founder, the late Fan Yew Teng, as well as co-founder Dr Mohd Nasir Hashim and executive director Nalini Elumalai (left).
Fan passed away in 2010.
“It is embarrassing to note that one of the named individuals, Fan Yew Teng, had deceased in 2010 but ROS still issued the notice out of ignorance,” Nalini said in a statement. (more…)
Suaram revealed that a subpoena has finally been served on one of the witnesses proposed by the human rights group to assist in the French judicial probe on alleged corruption in Malaysia’s purchase of two Scorpene submarines from French naval defence company DCNS.
“The inquiry is progressing and we’ve been allowed to tell you that the first subpoena has reached the first witness.
“But I can’t tell you who the witness is or when the subpoena was given for now, we have to follow the court proceedings and can only quote the court notes,” Suaram secretariat member Cynthia Gabriel told a forum in Petaling Jaya last night. (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…)
Global rights watchdog Amnesty International raised suspicion today over the timing of Putrajaya’s sudden interest in SUARAM’s operations, noting that authorities began probing the group soon after it revealed that a close associate of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had sold Malaysian naval secrets to France.
The revelation was made by French lawyer Joseph Breham, who is acting for Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) in the ongoing inquiry on the Scorpene submarine scandal in Paris, during a May 30 press conference in Bangkok.
“Amnesty is concerned that the recent government actions against SUARAM appear to be linked to the organisation’s legitimate work, in particular a corruption case which it has brought before the French courts. (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…)
Last week, on the first day of the Jubilee trip for Prince William and Kate Middleton, Najib was basking in the expectant pleasure of playing host to the royal couple. In an article in the Huffington Post, Najib was effusive about Malaysian-British ties.Since the day Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak got embroiled in the Scorpene scandal, the stench of corruption has clung to him like a cheap, musky perfume.
By the second day, the world reverberated with news about a magazine which intended to publish topless photos of Kate. Instead of reporters writing positive things about Malaysia, all focus was on the the couple’s next move. (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…)
The 133 official documents uploaded onto this website are from the Directorate-General of the French National Police and the Judicial Police Directorate’s anti-organized and financial crimes unit. They were presented to a French anti-corruption court in May and June of 2011. Taken together, they present –in French – the clearest picture to date of the two-decade campaign by the French state-owned defense manufacturer DCN and its subsidiaries to sell Scorpene submarines to the Malaysian Ministry of Defense.
Asia Sentinel’s story summarizing what is in the documents is in a collection in Asia Sentinel’s Scribd account. They tell a story of corruption on both sides of the world that included – according to one presentation to the court – “blackmail, bribery, influence peddling, misuse of corporate assets and concealment.” The documents show that many of these activities were carried out with the full knowledge if not connivance of top officials in both the French and Malaysian governments. (more…)
Putrajaya has insisted no information were leaked on the evaluation of the RM7 billion Scorpene submarines bought in 2002 despite court documents claiming the contrary in an ongoing French inquiry.
The defence ministry (Mindef) said in reply to an adjournment speech by Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar that it did not have any information on allegations that secret documents were sold by a company linked to political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda to a French defence firm.
“To the best knowledge of the ministry, up to now there is no information detected to have been taken out of Malaysia. (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…)
Ahmad Fadli KC
The probe by French prosecutors into the alleged corruption over the purchase of the two Scorpene submarines is not a serious issue that Malaysia should now focus on, said Foreign Minister Anifah Aman.
“This is not a serious matter that we need to follow, and it is being played up by certain parties,” he told reporters after attending a luncheon with representatives of Asean nations in Kuala Lumpur today.
He was asked about Malaysia’s preparations to face the case currently being investigated in Paris. (more…)
The government must explain the role of Terasasi (Hong Kong) Sdn Bhd that has allegedly sold Malaysian state secrets to a French company in the RM4 billion Scorpene deal, said Suaram.
“So far, the role of Terasasi has not been explained in the Malaysian Parliament.
“The Malaysian government must explain this and the role played by Abdul Razak Baginda in this transaction (related to the Scorpene evaluation papers),” said Suaram director Kua Kia Soong.
Abdul Razak and his father are directors of Terasasi, a company whose name has surfaced in a French corruption investigation filed by Suaram against Paris-based shipbuilder DCNS into its sale of two Scorpene submarines to Malaysia. (more…)
PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar will next month demand Parliament discuss developments in the ongoing Scorpene submarine case, including yesterday’s discovery that national defence secrets have been sold to the French.
The Lembah Pantai MP said in a statement today that she will move an emergency motion in the House on the matter, noting that if the discovery was indeed true, it poses a grave threat to Malaysia’s national security and sovereignty.
Nurul (picture) added that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak should issue an immediate statement on the issue. (more…)
Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
Malaysia paid RM6.7 billion in 2009 for two Scorpene submarines.
Secret documents obtained during the on-going Scorpene submarine probe have revealed the roles of an alleged ally of former finance minister Tun Daim Zainuddin as well as Abdul Razak Baginda in procuring major defence contracts between France and Malaysia, Suaram has said.
The human rights group said that police have seized documents in the form of a note for the French Minister of Defence dated June 2, 1999. This was in relation to an interview on Malaysian and French strategic defence ties with the then Malaysian Minister of Defence Datuk Seri Najib Razak. (more…)