The fallout from Altantuya murder verdict

Asia Sentinel – The Fallout From a Malaysian Murder Verdict

..From Razak’s affidavit and copious other evidence, it appears clear that Azilah and Sirul were given instructions to do something about the 28-year-old Altantuya to keep her from harassing Razak, who had carried on a flamboyant two-year affair with her and had given her thousand of dollars in presents and cash. The questions are who gave them the instructions, and whether the instructions included killing her.

In the affidavit, Razak acknowledged going to Musa Safri, Najib’s chief of staff., to ask the two policemen, members of an elite commando bodyguard unit under Najib’s direct control, to “do something” about Altantuya, who had by her admission blackmailing him for US$500,000.

It has been left unexplained what the dead woman had been blackmailing Razak for, or how, as a civilian and even a close friend of Najib’s, he could persuade two top policemen under Najib’s control to remove Altantuya from in front of his house, where she had been shouting insults at him. In his affidavit, he said he thought they were taking her to a police station. Testimony at the trial by an associate of the two policemen indicated that they would only act on orders, raising the question of who asked them to kill her.

There have been numerous references both in and out of the court that purported to tie the prospective future prime minister and his wife to Altantuya, or at least indicated that he knew the dead woman and in fact could have been her lover, although he has denied it and sworn an oath to Allah that it didn’t happen. The court, the prosecution and the defense so far have steadfastly refused to explore the connections.

Despite testimony by 84 prosecution witnesses during the 151-day trial, critics say Najib has been neither questioned nor asked to testify although two statutory declarations and other evidence linked him to the dead woman. According to a detailed sworn statement by P. Balasrubramaniam, a private investigator whom Abdul Razak hired to keep Altantuya away from him after he had broken off their affair, the political analyst told him he had inherited the Mongolian woman as a lover from Najib because Najib didn’t want to be harassed as deputy prime minister.

However, almost immediately after Balasubramaniam made the statement public, he was hustled to the Brickfields police station in Kuala Lumpur where he said he had been coerced into making the statement and recanted it entirely. He and his entire family have since disappeared. Raja Petra Kamaruddin, the influential blogger who printed the statement in his Internet publication Malaysia Today, was arrested under the country’s Internal Security Act and is serving two years in prison. He is also being sued for criminal defamation over some of his reports that tied Najib and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, to the murder. He has also been charged with sedition for publishing other articles on the murder.
Rosmah has denied Raja Petra’s allegations but said she would not sue. Asked why not, she told local media on July 1: “If you are innocent, what is there for you to address? I am not a politician and I am not running for any post. I’m just the wife of a politician.”

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