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Mongolian case - was Najib quizzed?
Soon Li Tsin
Jan 10, 07 2:45pm
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Was Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak questioned over the gruesome murder of 28-year-old Mongolian beauty Altantunya Sharriibuu?

This question was posed by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) adviser and former deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim.

Speaking at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today, he said Najib should be quizzed by the police due to the existence of connecting factors.

He said investigations into the murder had raised more questions than answers.

He was referring to the two Special Operations Force (UTK) officers - Chief Insp Azilah Hadri, 30, and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 35, charged in connection with the case.

According to Anwar, UTK officers were assigned to the deputy premier’s office.

“In my personal experience, the UTK are there to protect the DPM and they work under our instructions. He (Najib) should at least be asked how is it a person assigned to you, to protect you and work under your instructions, can (allegedly) commit such a heinous crime.

“He needs to cooperate with the investigations [...] and must be questioned. We are not inferring that he is in the know or gave the instructions,” he added.

Also charged in abetting the murder is renowned political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, who heads a think-tank linked to Najib.

All three suspects face the death sentence if found guilty.

Submarine deal

Meanwhile, Anwar also raised the issue of the government’s purchase of two Scorpene submarines and an Agosta submarine from France in a deal costing nearly RM4.6 billion.

Last December, the Defence Ministry denied having paid a Malaysian-owned company US$100 million (RM370 million) as a commission for a multi-billion ringgit deal involving submarines.

The company, Perimekar, is owned by Ombak Laut which is co-owned by Abdul Razak.

“I don’t want to make guesses. Najib must be questioned because both cases involve him as DPM.

“He must be questioned on both counts whether is it true Altantuya was only known to Razak Baginda and not to him, and does he only know about the murder after the report of the disappearance of this girl,” he said.

Prosecutor taken to task

Anwar also took to task the statements made by deputy public prosecutor Salehuddin Saidin in the Shah Alam High Court that there is no involvement of any other parties in the murder case.

“This is unbecoming of the prosecution ... clearly irresponsible, not transparent with malicious intent to condemn the junior police officers.

“Here comes the prosecutor saying nobody else is involved. It’s too early to say. Who are these prosecutors getting instructions from?” he added.

Altantunya was shot dead and her body was blown up with explosives in secondary forest of Empangan Tasik Subang in Selangor. Her remains were discovered last October.

The murder trial will be heard at the Shah Alam High Court on March 10 next year. Meanwhile, the Court of Appeal will hear Razak Baginda’s appeal on his bail application tomorrow.

Razak Baginda was send to Sungai Buloh prison last Friday after the High Court dismissed his oral application to extend his RM1 million bail.

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