This is the original cautioned statement – in Bahasa Malaysia- that Sirul Azhar Omar made in the interrogation by the police on 19 November 2006 that confirms not only how and why Altantuya was killed but also that they were hired to kill her:
The police statement above translated into english here
The murder case that will not go away:
In a brief Nutshell… spanning from 2006 to present .
Altantuya Shaariibuu; 6 May 1978 – 18 October 2006), a Mongolian national, was a murder victim who was killed first and her remains destroyed with C-4 on 18 October 2006 in a deserted area in Shah Alam, Malaysia near Kuala Lumpur.
Her murder case is significant and highly volatile in contemporary Malaysian politics due to the alleged involvement of persons close to Prime Minister Najib Razak who was the defence minister then and controversial allegations that it might even be linked to the PM.
It was alleged that she was actually introduced by Najib Razak (unproven) to Abdul Razak Baginda, a defence analyst from the Malaysian Strategic Research Centre think-tank, at an international diamond convention in Hong Kong, and had a relationship with him while accompanying Razak Baginda to Paris to work as a translator during his negotiations to purchase submarines from France for the Malaysian government.
As reported by the French newspaper Liberation, Altantuya found out that one of the parties involved in negotiations, Spanish company Armaris, paid out commissions of 114 million euros for the deal (reportedly one billion euros or RM4.7 billion for the purchase of three submarines).
The commission was credited in the accounts of a company controlled by Razak Baginda, Perimekar.
A letter written by Altantuya and found after her death admits that she had regretted attempting to blackmail Mr. Baginda, seeking a $US500,000 cut to remain silent about her knowledge of the deal.
After being jilted, she came to Malaysia vainly demanding payment. And lead to her demise under so very intriguing circumstances.
However, it was Raja Petra Kamaruddin, the Malaysia Today website editor, was the one who had connected Najib Razak with the Altantuya murder.
Missing person report
When it was realised Altantuya had gone missing on 19 October 2006, her cousin lodged a police report and sought help from the Mongolian embassy in Bangkok.
The Malaysian police found fragments of bone, later verified as her remains confirmed with a DNA test, in forested land near the Subang Dam in Puncak Alam, Shah Alam.
Police investigation of her remains revealed that she was shot twice before C-4 explosives were used .
The source of the C-4 remains unclear.
The two arrested murder suspects have been named as Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, and Corporal Sirul Umar.
They had been members of the elite Unit Tindakan Khas (the Malaysian Police Special Action Unit or counter-terrorism unit) and were both assigned to the office of the Prime Minister Najib Razak, as bodyguards, who was the Defence Minister at the time of the murder.
Abdul Razak Baginda was been charged with abetting the murder.
According to court testimony by Altantuya’s cousin Burmaa Oyunchimeg, Altantuya had shown Burmaa a photograph of 3 persons taking a meal together: Altantuyaa, Razak Baginda, and a government official. Burmaa identified the goverment official in the photo as then Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.,when he was questioned by Karpal Singh,lawyer for the Sharibu family.
On 31 October 2008, The High Court acquitted Abdul Razak Baginda of abetment in the murder of Altantuya, with the prosecution saying they would appeal the acquittal. To date, the appeal has yet to transpire.
Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar were ordered to enter their defence and testify under oath.
On 10 November 2008-It was announced that the murder trial has been postponed to January 2009 to allow the defence more time to prepare and gather witnesses.
The witnesses sought included Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamarudin and private investigator P. Balasubramaniam,
whose whereabouts was unknown at that time.
On 3 February 2009- Sirul Azhar pleaded with the court to not pass the death sentence on him, as he was like “a black sheep that has to be sacrificed” to protect unnamed people who have never been brought to court or faced questioning.
“I have no reason to cause hurt, what’s more to take the life of the victim in such a cruel manner… I appeal to the court, which has the powers to determine if I live or die, not to sentence me so as to fulfil others’ plans for me.
Verdict, appeal and sentence
On 9 April 2009 ,
High Court Judge ruled that Sirul’s and Azilah’s statements were “unbelievable” as both accused only blamed each other.
Both were sentenced to death for the murder of Altantuya.
Wrapping up the 159-day trial, the judge said both of them failed to raise any reasonable doubt in the prosecution’s case.
However, their lawyers planned to file an appeal.
Both policemen showed no emotion when they heard that they were sentenced to be hanged until dead.
Their family members accept the court’s decision and denied any political elements in the verdict.
The two policemen appealed their sentence in late August 2009.
The Court of Appeal has fixed a date for their appellate hearing for 10 June 2013
Attorney-General’s had decided not to appeal Abdul Razak Baginda’s acquittal in the murder of Shariibuu’s daughter Altantuya.
23 August 2013 –– Sirul and Azilah were acquitted on by the Court of Appeal.
Reasons given for the acquittal were- failure of the prosecution to provide a strong motive for the two men to murder the victim and the failure to call for the cross-examination of Najib’s aide Musa Safri and Najib Abdul Razak.
The acquittals have drawn the derision from many Malaysian.
Appeal over the acquittal
The prosecution immediately made an appeal to the Federal Court over the acquittal of the Azhar and Sirul which was heard on 23 June, 2014.
The Federal Court on 13 January, 2015 overturned the acquittal of both individuals, finding them both guilty of murder and sentenced both to death.
Sirul did not show up during the appeal hearing and was believed to be in Australia.
The current Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has made an extradition request to Australia calling for Sirul, but faces difficulty due to Australia’s policy of not extraditing individuals to countries to where they have been sentenced to face the death penalty .
Sirul was detained by Australian immigration authorities in Brisbane, Queensland on 20 January, 2015 after Interpol red notice was issued for his arrest.
Among the Controversies.and cast of Characters in this highly charged Murder intrigue.
I, RAJA PETRA BIN RAJA KAMARUDIN (IC NO: 500927-71-5257), A MALAYSIAN CITIZEN OF LEGAL AGE RESIDING AT NO. 5, JALAN BRP 5/5, BUKIT RAHMAN PUTRA, 47000 SUNGAI BULOH, SELANGOR DARUL EHSAN, DO SOLEMNLY AND SINCERELY AFFIRM AND SAY AS FOLLOWS:-
1. I HAVE BEEN RELIABLY INFORMED THAT BETWEEN ABOUT 10 P.M. ON 19TH OCTOBER 2006 AND EARLY HOURS OF THE FOLLOWING DAY, THE NIGHT ALTANTUYA SHAARIIBUU WAS MURDERED, THREE (3) OTHER PEOPLE WERE ALSO PRESENT AT THE SCENE OF THE CRIME;
(A) DATIN SERI ROSMAH MANSOR, WIFE OF THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA, DATO’ SERI NAJIB TUN RAZAK….
Full transcipt of the SD above can be viewed at the link below:
Raja Petra later distanced himself from the statutory declaration in a television interview with TV3, saying its accusations linking Najib Razak and spouse Rosmah to the murder were repeating information passed onto him by opposition figures, rather than information he knew to be true himself.
He also stated that he did not genuinely believe that Rosmah was at the murder scene.
He also later clarified and pointed out that he had always been consistent in relation to the statutory declaration, saying that he had never directly accused Rosmah of being at the scene of the murder, merely repeating what was told to him.
Statutory declaration by P. Balasubramaniam(PI to Razak Baginda)
A second statutory declaration was filed on 1 July 2008 by Abdul Razak Baginda’s private investigator P Balasubramaniam, disclosing then deputy Prime Minister Najib’s links and Altantuya.
Bala said the police omitted information about the relationship between Najib and Altantuya during their investigation.
In the statutory declaration Abdul Razak had told Balasubramaniam that the deputy prime minister had a affair with Altantuya .
Former deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has called for a Royal Commission of Inquiry to look into the case.
However, the RCI has not been convened on this issue.
It has been claimed that Balasubramaniam’s allegation on the involvement of Najib Abdul Razak on the murders of Altantuya could have political motivations, as the press conference for the allegation was made at the national PKR Headquarters.
Retraction and disappearance
The following day Balasubramaniam made a retraction of the statutory declaration he made on 1 July 2008- in a second statutory declaration and its replacement with one that erased allegations with references to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Altantuya’s murder.
Accusations surfaced that this new statutory declaration could have been due to intimidation or inducement, and was done not on his own free will.
Malaysian police said on Sunday 6 July 2008 that they have asked Interpol to help find the private investigator who has been reported missing since making explosive claims linking the deputy premier to a murder.
It was discovered later that Balasubramaniam is said to have taken refuge in a neighbouring country with his family.
It is assumed that Bala was running away because he either received death threats or a massive bribe from Najib.
Reappearance and retraction of second statutory declaration
After his reappearance Bala claimed that he signed the second statutory declaration without even reading it, claiming he was threatened
Bala was also quoted that a member of Najib’s family, which was revealed to be Najib’s younger brother Nazim Abdul Razak teaming up with a Deepak Jaikishan, a businessman with connections to the Najib Abdul Razak’s family, made Bala withdraw his first statutory declaration and offered him RM5 million to do so, but that his first declaration was true.
Bala has continued to reiterate that the first statutory declaration he signed was the truth.
Bala has been actively campaigning for the Malaysian opposition giving talks on Najib and Rosmah’s alleged role in the death of Altantuyaa before his eventual death by heart attack on 15 March 2013.
Malaysian Indian businessman Deepak Jaikishan in the later part of 2012 held several press conferences regarding his role in the retraction of Balasubramaniam’s first statutory declaration and the supposed coercion in making Bala signed the second declaration.
He also made damning accusations against Prime Minister Najib Tun Abdul Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor, implying they were the ones giving instructions and had prior knowledge of coverup of the first statutory declaration.
He further revealed that it was the Prime Minister’s brother Nazim Abdul Razak who paid off Balasubramaniam.
In a biography launched on 19 March 2013, Rosmah Mansor denied any involvement with the murder of Altantuya, stating that she was attending a special session with the Islamic Orphans Welfare Association on the day in question, and describing the accusations against her as “slander”.
Sirul Azhar, the former police commando who was convicted for the murder of Altantuyaa, revealed during his detention in Australia that he was under orders to kill Altantuyaa and that the real murderers were still free.
He also mentioned that Najib’s aide-de camp Musa Safri and his superior should have been made to testify during the murder trial.
Sirul’s claims have been immediately rubbished by Najib and Inspector General of Police Khalid.
The opposition has asked Najib to explain why he was asserting that Sirul’s claims were “total rubbish”.
WikiLeaks and the Altantuya Murder
Cables show the US embassy in KL feared “prosecutorial misconduct” during the sensational 2009 trial
The US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur closely followed the trial of the accused killers of Mongolian interpreter Altantuya Shaariibuu and frequently discussed whether current Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak was involved in the killing, according to diplomatic cables supplied to Asia Sentinel by the WikiLeaks website.
The diplomats, like much of the public, also speculated that the trial was being deliberately delayed and feared what one cable calls “prosecutorial misconduct” that was being politically manipulated. The embassy officials based their concerns on sources within the prosecution, government and the political opposition.
The cables also draw attention to an intriguing allegation that then Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi may have attempted to use the proceedings to implicate Najib, a claim that was quickly hushed up in the Malaysian press.
Full article : asiasentinel./wikileaks-and-the-altantuya-murder/