Scorpene and the French Judicial Inquiry

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After Scorpene, a Mistral helicopter carrier? No, the Mistral-class ship is NOT an aircraft carrier…

Muddy Water: The carpet dealer, the land deal, the female friend, the Altantuya case and who/what else?

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Malaysian Chronicle

Monday, 18 March 2013 16:25

THE DEADLY GAME OF SUBMARINES: Scorpene lawyer found DEAD

Written by  Malaysia Chronicle

A star lawyer appointed by French arms maker DCNS to act on its behalf over the Malaysian Scorpene corruption inquiry has been found dead near his private island in Brittany.

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The body of Olivier Metzner, a top French lawyer whose clients ranged from Panama’s ex-dictator Manuel Noriega to former prime minister Dominique de Villepin, was found floating in the sea in Brittany, north-west of France. The police found a suicide note.

But Noriega, whom Metzner had defended in 2010, said in a note sent by his eldest daughter that he was “surprised” and “deeply hurt” to learn of the death. The former Panama leader also staunchly rejected suggestions of suicide, saying the act was “incompatible with (Metzner’s) personality”.

Incompatible with his personality

Whatever the cause of death, Metzner’s demise is the latest in a string of suspicious deaths that have dogged DCNS and the high-powered clients it serves in the shady and ultra-sensitive world of international arms trade

THE DEADLY GAME OF SUBMARINES: Scorpene lawyer found DEAD

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Free Malaysia Today

Breakthrough in Scorpene probe

Leven Woon | February 7, 2013

Suaram says a key negotiator has agreed to testify.

PETALING JAYA: The French probe into Malaysia’s purchase of two Scorpene submarines has taken a leap forward with a key witness agreeing to assist the investigators, according to the human rights organisation Suaram.

Suaram secretariat member Cynthia Gabriel told FMT that the witness, whom she described as “the key negotiator” in the purchase, offered his co-operation after receiving a second subpoena notice last month.

Suaram filed a complaint with the French authorities in 2009, saying it suspected that corruption was involved in the deal.

Gabriel said the witness was “in a very important position” to shed light on what transpired during negotiations for the purchase.

However, she added, the French had yet to fix a date for him to testify.

Breakthrough in Scorpene probe

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Briefing for Malaysian parliamentarians on Scorpene Scandal, Singapore 27/11/2012

(Malaysiakini) The French legal team, led by prominent human rights lawyer William Bourdon (left), had initially been invited by Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim to brief parliamentarians in Malaysia on the probe. Planned to be held at Parliament House, it was moved to a hotel in Singapore after the Malaysian government failed to provide a guarantee of security to the French lawyers.

Those present included seven opposition MPs, Suaram directors Cynthia and Fadiah Nadwa Fikri, as well as reporters from Malaysia and Singapore. The lawmakers were Batu MP Tian Chua, Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad, Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua, Kuala Krai MP Hatta Ramli, Kelana Jaya MP Loh Gwo-Burne, Subang MP R Sivarasa and Teluk Kemang MP Kamarul Baharin Abbas.

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Malaysiakini

Altantuya murder trial notes for Scorpene inquiry?

A 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.

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“We don’t see how it would go the other way… They would obviously look into it,” said Apoline Cagnat (middle in photo), at a briefing for Malaysian parliamentarians in Singapore today.

While Altantuya’s murder is not the most critical element of the investigation – which focuses on alleged payment of commission in the procurement of two Scorpene-class submarines by Malaysia – it is one of the key aspects, Cagnat said.

As such, she believes the two investigating judges will request the notes of proceedings of the murder trial, in which two security personnel were convicted for Altantuya’s murder.

Altantuya murder trial notes for Scorpene inquiry?

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Malaysiakini

Deepak regrets getting involved in Bala’s SD

EXCLUSIVE Businessperson Deepak Jaikishan regretted his involvement in getting private investigator P Balasubramaniam to make a second statutory declaration (SD), which reversed an earlier one linking Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to murdered Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu.

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In an interview with Malaysiakini last night, Deepak (left) said he had only become involved at the request of a “female friend” associated with the parties who would be affected by the fallout of the first statutory declaration.

“I was asked to help by a friend, I agreed to help her because I could see the repercussions will affect their entire group. It was to me – getting involved in this whole Bala fiasco – a mistake,” he said.

“I had no business being there, I am a businessman. I regret helping a friend whom I thought was true… I am not supposed to be involved in this James Bond movie.”

Deepak declined to elaborate on the identity of the female friend.

Deepak declined to elaborate on the identity of the female friend.

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He is, however, known to be closely linked to the premier’s wife Rosmah Mansor, whom he said was like an “older sister” to him.

Deepak regrets getting involved in Bala’s SD

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Malaysiakini

The P Balasubramaniam-Deepak Jaikishan connection

Balasubramaniam, who had gone public with the first SD on July 3, 2008 had abruptly withdrawn it at another press conference the following day.

Accompanied by lawyer M Arulampalam that day, Balasubramaniam had produced a second SD, claiming that he had made the first one under duress and fled the country the next day.

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Balasubramaniam (left in photo) re-emerged on Nov 12, 2009 in the form of a five-part YouTube video interview – believed to be shot in India – retracting his second SD and claiming that he had only made it after being offered RM5 million by Deepak.

Deepak, who only addressed the controversy on April 6, 2011 after whistleblower Raja Petra Kamarudin revived the matter, dismissed his links to Balasubramaniam as a mere clubbing mate.’I brought everyone together for SD 2.0′

However, in the interview yesterday, Deepak said there was a “tinge of truth” to what the private eye had been claiming in the SD saga.

Deepak regrets getting involved in Bala’s SD

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Malaysiakini

French lawyer: Najib, Razak Baginda ‘priority witnesses’

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.

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Blogger:
The other five:
1 Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
2 Setev Shaariibuu, the father of murdered Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu
3 private investigator P Balasubramaniam
4 Boustead Holdings Bhd group managing director and deputy chairperson Lodin Wok Kamaruddin
5 Jasbir Singh Chahl, said to be Razak’s right-hand man

What if Najib refuses to testify? An arrest warrant can be issued by the French judiciary.

French lawyer: Najib, Razak Baginda ‘priority witnesses’

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Malaysian Insider

Umno leaders slam Singapore for allowing Scorpene briefing

UPDATED @ 06:47:26 PM 27-11-2012
By Amin Iskandar, Clara Chooi and Mohd Farhan Darwis
November 27, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 27 — Singapore is meddling with Malaysia’s affairs by letting a French lawyer brief Pakatan Rakyat (PR) lawmakers in the island state over the Scorpene court case, Umno’s Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said today — weighing in on the controversial issue the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) claims is being used to rally anti-government sentiment ahead of key polls due soon.

A French lawyer hired by local rights group Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) had earlier today briefed several opposition MPs in Singapore after Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia barred Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim from bringing his invited foreign guest for a meeting at the Briefing Room in Parliament Building.
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“This clearly shows Singapore is interfering in our country’s affairs,” Mohd Ali, the former Umno vice-president told The Malaysian Insider today.

“Such an act is not democratic and does not symbolise reliable neighbourliness, Mohd Ali said, adding that it lent credence to former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s remarks that Malaysia does not have good neighbours as the countries in the region “like to interfere in our country’s affairs”.

Umno leaders slam Singapore for allowing Scorpene briefing

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Malaysiakini

French lawyers’ Scorpene briefing moved to S’pore

The planned briefing for parliamentarians on the Scorpene scandal by French lawyers will now be held in Singapore tomorrow.

This decision was made following the failure of human rights NGO Suaram to obtain an assurance from the government that it would guarantee the security of the two lawyers.

The two-hour briefing will be held about noon at Hotel Changi Village by lawyers William Bourdon (left) and Apoline Cagnate, said Subang MP Sivarasa Rasiah, at the Parliament lobby today.

French lawyers’ Scorpene briefing moved to S’pore

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Monday November 26, 2012 MYT 9:41:00 PM

Speaker bars French lawyer from entering Parliament to brief MPs on Scorpene case in France

By YUEN MEIKEN

Speaker bars French lawyer from entering Parliament to brief MPs on Scorpene case in France

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Malaysian Insider

NGO group accuses Anwar of approving Scorpene deal

UPDATED @ 06:28:22 PM 24-10-2012
By Ida Lim
October 24, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim approved Malaysia’s controversial purchase of Scorpene submarines when he was Finance Minister in 1995, a group of non-governmental organisations campaigning against Suaram’s role in pushing for investigations, said today.

French shipbuilding giant DCNS won the €1 billion contract in 2002, when Anwar was still serving a jail sentence for his 2000 sodomy conviction, but the group alleged today that he had approved it when he was Finance Minister in the 1990s.
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He alleged that the Scorpene issue was discussed in Cabinet in 1991.

“In 1995, the then Finance Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had approved the Scorpene purchase,” Dzulkarnain said.

He traced the chronology of the purchase of the two Scorpene submarines, saying that the deal was inked between the Malaysian government and French companies in 2002, while the vessels were handed over to Malaysia in 2010.

Shahbudin Embun, a Malay Consultative Council (MPM) member who was present at the press conference, said the NGOs were not funded by the government.

“We are not being paid by any organisation, by the government, we are not paid by any politicians.
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Others present at the press conference today were the Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (Perkasa) Federal Territories chief and a former Navy man.

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Malaysiakini

Suaram lawyers may relocate briefing to S’pore
  • Christine Chan
  • 1:14PM Oct 6, 2012

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.

anwar receives award in paris 2He was receiving an award conferred by the Association of Muslim Social Scientist (United Kingdom) Lifetime Achievement Award 2010 for distinguished service in politics and economic thought, the promotion of the cause of good governance, and commitment to the principles of freedom, tolerance and justice.

Suaram lawyers may relocate briefing to S’pore

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Malaysia Chronicle

Thursday, 04 October 2012 14:26

SCORPENE lawyers accept Anwar’s invite: But Najib must assure SAFETY & NO DEPORTATION

Written by  Maria Begum, Malaysia Chronicle

French human rights lawyers William Bourdon and Joseph Breham have accepted the invitation of Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim to come to Kuala Lumpur to brief the Malaysian Parliament on the latest status of the Scorpenes corruption trial, provided that they get an assurance from Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government they will not be deported or be subjected to physical harassment and intimidation.

“Both William and Joseph told Anwar they will come but they would like an assurance from the BN government that they won’t be turned away at the airport and their time wasted. They also want to be assured that their physical safety will not be threatened,” PKR vice president Tian Chua told Malaysia Chronicle.

“These are reasonable requests since they will be coming at the invitation of a Malaysian parliamentary leader and for the purpose of updating the country’s lawmakers and the people on the latest findings on a matter of great national importance. Even though it might be ‘sensitive’ to Najib and Umno, the Malaysian people have a right to know how their money has been spent. If Najib and Umno are innocent, they should not fear.”

SCORPENE lawyers accept Anwar’s invite: But Najib must assure SAFETY & NO DEPORTATION

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Malaysia Chronicle

Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:33

ANWAR to meet Scorpenes lawyers today: TRIAL ESCALATES as 1st subpoena served

Written by  Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim is in Paris and will meet the lawyers acting for both SUARAM and DCNS in the Scorpenes corruption trial. He is due to formally invite them to come to Malaysia and brief Parliament on the latest status of the case.

“Anwar flew off last night to Paris to attend a seminar. While he is there, he will also meet the lawyers from both sides of the case and ask them to update us all on the latest progress. Yes, he will formally present them with a letter of invitation,” PKR vice president Tian Chua told Malaysia Chronicle.

“We hope Prime Minister Najib Razak will take note that the Scorpenes deal involves RM7.3 billion of the public’s money and is of great concern to the whole nation. We would advise him not to deport the lawyers should they accept the invitation from the Leader of the Malaysian Opposition. If Najib is foolish enough to do that, it would be most disgraceful and straightaway tell the world that he and UMNO have got a terrible secret they are desperate to hide from everyone.”

ANWAR to meet Scorpenes lawyers today: TRIAL ESCALATES as 1st subpoena served

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Malaysiakini

Suaram: Subpoena finally served on Scorpene witness
  • Nigel Aw
  • 8:05AM Oct 3, 2012

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.

Suaram had in June said that its French lawyers were in the process of serving a subpoena on Jasbir Singh Chahl, allegedly a point-man in the purchase of the Scorpene submarine.

However, Jasbir had then denied receiving any subpoena.

Asked after the forum if the delivered subpoena this time was served on Jasbir, Cynthia merely smiled but declined to reveal th

Suaram: Subpoena finally served on Scorpene witness

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Malaysiakini

Scorpene probe: France about to summon witnesses
  • Koh Jun Lin
  • 11:24AM Sep 26, 2012

The French judiciary will be calling witnesses to a judicial inquiry over the Scorpene submarine scandal “very soon”, said Suaram secretariat member Cynthia Gabriel.

“The French judiciary is still working on the process of calling witnesses for testimonies and investigations and we expect that the witnesses will be called in very, very soon.

“Suaram is waiting for the signal from the judge to reveal the time and the list of names of the people who will be called in,” Cynthia (left) told Malaysiakini last night.

She said that seven Malaysian witnesses are expected to be called, subject to the judge’s decision, starting from those “central to the negotiations” for the submarine deal such as Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s close associate Abdul Razak Baginda.

When asked whether Najib, as the then defence minister, would be subpoenaed, she said Najib enjoys some immunity as a head of (government) because the French are not keen to strain diplomatic ties unless there are strong suspicions against him.

However, she added that Najib will be moved up the list of witnesses “very quickly” if he is no longer the prime minister after the next general election.

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Scorpene probe: France about to summon witnesses

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Malaysiakini

CCM again fails to serve inspection notice on Suaram
  • Koh Jun Lin
  • 7:10PM Jul 4, 2012

Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) officials have again tried and failed to serve a notice of inspection to human rights group Suaram.

The three officials led by deputy registrar Azahari Ab Rahman arrived just minutes before the office’s closing time at 5.53pm and found no authorised persons available to accept the notices.

NONESpeaking to reporters after the officers had left without speaking to the media, Suaram documentation and monitoring coordinator Wong Kar Fai (left) said he had offered to accept the notice but Azahari turned down the offer, saying that it must be accepted by Suaram’s directors.

He added that offers to arrange an appointment for the officers were similarly dismissed, with Azahari saying, “Never mind, never mind.”

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Free Malaysia Today

CCM ‘raiders’ leave Suaram empty-handed

K Pragalath | July 4, 2012

Two Suaram directors were not in the office when the CCM officials dropped by to serve notices of inspection.

PETALING JAYA: Officials of the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) went away empty-handed when they failed again to carry out an inspection at Suaram office at Gasing Indah here today.

They wanted to serve notices of inspection on Suaram directors Kua Kia Soong and Yeoh Seng Guan before carrying out their mission.

But both directors were not in the office when the CCM officials dropped by.

CCM brought two sets of notices in a bid to obtain Suaram’s financial documents.

The first set was for Suara Inisiatif Sdn Bhd, under which Suaram was registered. The second set was for Kua, who is also Suaram adviser, and Yeoh.

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Free Malaysia Today

Probe Scorpene-linked firms, not us’

K Pragalath | July 4, 2012

Authorities should investigate companies such as Terasasi and Perimekar, not Suaram.

PETALING JAYA: Authorities should investigate companies linked to the Scorpene submarine scandal instead of Suaram, said its director Kua Kia Soong.

“They should investigate companies such as Terasasi and Perimekar not Suaram,” said Kua at a press conference today.

He added that the information disclosed by the French judiciary on the Scorpene deal was sufficient for Malaysian authorities to take action against the suspects.

Kua said this in response to Companies Commission of Malaysia’s (CCM) attempt to raid the Suaram premises yesterday afternoon.

It was aborted when the warrant was found to be flawed. CCM was supposed to have returned this morning to the Suaram office this morning but no one turned up.

“It is an anti-climax because they did not come,” said Kua who also denounced the raid as a form of harassment.

“Whistle blowers are supposed to be protected, not harassed and intimidated,” he said.

The attempted raid followed complaints from the NGO Jaringan Melayu Malaysia. It’s president Azwanddin Hamzah said that Suaram was registered as a company and not as an NGO.

Probe Scorpene-linked firms, not us’ | Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: Authorities should investigate companies linked to the Scorpene submarine scandal instead of Suaram, said its director Kua Kia Soong.

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Free Malaysia Today

CCM aborts checks into Suaram accounts

K Pragalath | July 3, 2012

But they’ll return with a proper notice tomorrow.

PETALING JAYA: Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) officials today had to abort their inspection of Suaram’s accounts when an official of the human rights organisation noticed that their inspection notice was not in order.

According to Suaram’s monitoring and documentation coordinator Wong Ka Fai, four SSM officers, including assistant registrar Azahari Abdul Rahman, produced a notice of inspection when they appeared at his office this afternoon.

“It was a notice of inspection under Section 7 (b) of the Companies Act 1965,” said Wong.

Section 7(b) empowers the Registrar of Companies to conduct an inspection at any place or building.

“The officials were inspecting Suaram’s financial records from the year 2008 until 2011 when I noticed that the notice was signed by Azahari,” Wong said.

“When I questioned whether the Companies Act empowered them to inspect, they backed off,”

PETALING JAYA: Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) officials today had to abort their inspection of Suaramâs accounts when an official of the hu…

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Malaysiakini

Raid on Suaram aborted by faulty warrant
  • Hazlan Zakaria
  • 3:46PM Jul 3, 2012

A group of officers from the Companies Commission of Malaysia who came to conduct a “routine inspection” at the premises of human rights group Suaram about 3pm today had to turn back because their warrant was invalid.

“The warrant must be signed by the registrar. It was not and the person who came along was only a deputy.

“They have decided to come back tomorrow,” Suaram board member Cynthia Gabriel (left) told Malaysiakini.

Gabriel said four CCM officers who turned up wanted to interview Suaram staff as well as look at its documents and accounts.

Suaram became a household name in Malaysia after it spearheaded the campaign to get French authorities to investigate alleged corruption in the sale of two Scorpene submarines to Malaysia by French shipbuilder DCNS.

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Unnecessary harassment’

Gabriel also condemned the raid on Suaram as “unnecessary harrasment”.

military malaysia navy french built submarine scorpene class“It is to distract members of the public and divert attention from the ongoing probe into corruption involved in the Scorpene deal,” she lamented.

The raid on Suaram followed calls from Umno-linked NGOs that want Suaram to disclose why, as a human rights group, it is registered as a company; to come clean on its sources of funding and what happened to nearly one million ringgit it posted as earnings since 2009.

Raids and “routine inspections” of organisations that vocally criticise the ruling BN coalition are not new, especially at times when the government faces intense monitoring and questioning from NGOs.

One instance was during the Reformasi movement of the late 90s, when a number of vocal critics of the government came under ‘investigation’ for alleged financial irregularities.

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Additional reporting by Koh Jun Lin

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Malaysiakini

Sensational submarine scandal resurfaces
  • AFP
  • 1:20PM Jul 1, 2012

A scandal linking Malaysia’s leader, a young woman’s murder and alleged kickbacks in a French submarine deal has resurfaced as a potential danger for the government as elections loom.

Even by the corruption-prone standards of Malaysia’s long-ruling coalition, which since 2009 has been headed by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, the Scorpene case is explosive.

It centres on allegations that French submarine maker DCNS paid commission of more than 114 million euros (RM458 million) to a purported shell company linked to Abdul Razak Baginda, a former close associate of Najib.

Malaysia’s opposition claims the payments were kickbacks to top officials involved in a $1.1 billion (RM3.5 billion) deal for Kuala Lumpur to buy two Scorpene-class attack submarines.

Abdul Razak’s Mongolian mistress, who was said to have demanded a payoff for working as a language translator in the deal, was shot dead and her body blown up with plastic explosives near the capital in 2006.

But the extraordinary affair sank off the radar in 2008 when a Malaysian court cleared Abdul Razak of abetting the murder, sparking an outcry and opposition allegations of a huge cover-up.

Calls for further investigation were not pursued at the time.

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Free Malaysia Today

PKR digs up more documents on Scorpene

Teoh El Sen | June 28, 2012

PKR leader Tian Chua now alleges that military information was given to the French so that they could be awarded the Scorpene deal.

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR vice-president Tian Chua alleged today that one of the 153 leaked French investigative documents confirmed that military information was given to the French company Thomson CSF (later known as Thales International Asia), which eventually became DCNS, the shipbuilding company that sold Scorpene submarines to Malaysia.

Tian, the Batu MP, said that this would refute Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s denial that classified documents had gone out of the country.

He showed reporters in Parliament a copy of a translated three-page “Document 97″, which he said was a police summary of various proofs that they have collected, and were arranged according to at least 128 sections.

In one section, Tian said the police had seized a report which Terasasi Ltd (Hong Kong) had handed over to Thomson CSF Asia. The report had “listed down competitors of the French proposal (Holland, Germany, Turkey, Russia and South Korea)”.

“The analysis of the different strengths of these competitors was quite detailed. The most serious competitor was South Korea with an approach technique different from that of Perimekar Sdn Bhd, addressing directly the Malaysian Navy. Perimekar’s strategy was to promote the French proposal to decision-makers (different ministers and military officials),” read the document.

Interpreting the document, Tian alleged that these reports were the Malaysian military analysis on the strength of each of the proposals from each country.

“This means the military had received the proposals from these countries and had studied them to see which ones were good, which ones had weaknesses, and which ones had problems. That was an internal evaluation. Terasasi got this [information] and gave it to the French side. The strategy was for the French to get the contract,” he alleged.

“So this is what we mean by breach of national security. Perimekar, being a Malaysian agent, shouldn’t have taken part… Malaysian agents were promoting the French [proposals] while our military was still studying which was the best option.”

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR vice-president Tian Chua alleged today that one of the 153 leaked French investigative documents confirmed that military information was …

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Malaysia Chronicle

Saturday, 16 June 2012 19:40

NAJIB SHIVERS: Baginda’s right-hand man agrees to CO-OPERATE in Scorpene trial

Written by  Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle

Prime Minister Najib Razak may be able to hide his nervousness over news that Malaysian NGO SUARAM had managed to collect more than RM200,000 from a fundraising dinner held on Friday.

But news that the right-hand man of his close friend Razak Baginda has been summoned by the French court to testify in Malaysia’s RM7.3 billion Scorpene submarines acquisition, and has promised to co-operate fully with the Parisian probe is bound to send a shiver down the PM’s spine.

“He has confirmed his cooperation with us,” SUARAM coordinator Cynthia Gabriel told the dinner guests.

She was referring to Jalbir Singh Chahl, who was Baginda’s trusted lieutenant in Perimekar, the firm through which at least 114 million euros or RM570 million in illicit commission is suspected to have been channeled.

NAJIB SHIVERS: Baginda’s right-hand man agrees to CO-OPERATE in Scorpene trail

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Free Malaysia Today

Scorpene scandal: France subpoenas Baginda’s aide

K Pragalath | June 16, 2012

Jasbir Singh, a ‘central figure’ in the Scorpene deal has agreed to cooperate with French judiciary, said Suaram director Cynthia Gabriel.

PETALING JAYA: A right hand man of defence analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, Jasbir Singh Chahl, is the first Malaysian to be subpoenaed as witness in the Scorpene case hearing curently underway in France.

“Jasbir Singh is a central figure in the negotiation and procument process.

“He is the first person to be served with a subpoena,” said Suaram director Cynthia Gabriel during Suaram’s Ops Scorpene fund raising dinner held at Petaling Jaya Civic Centre last night.

Gabriel claimed that Jasbir would be required to cooperate and reveal information on what had transpired in the Scorpene submarine deal that was purchased in 2002 via French submarine maker DCNS.

“He has confirmed that he would cooperate with the panel and the subpoena is being sent to his house,” Gabriel told the more than the 1,000-strong crowd present.

“The story will now come from the horse’s mouth,” Gabriel said on the purchase of two Scorpene submarines from French shipbuilding company DCNS in 2002.

Jasbir Singh, a ‘central figure’ in the Scorpene deal has agreed to cooperate with French judiciary, said Suaram director Cynthia Gabriel. PETALING JAYA: A …

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Malaysiakini

French court subpoenas Razak Baginda’s confidante
  • Hazlan Zakaria
  • 11:29AM Jun 16, 2012

The first subpoena seeking testimonies for the French probe into alleged kickbacks to a Malaysian political figure over the the 2002 purchase of a pair of Scorpene submarines, has been delivered last night, according to NGO Suaram.

suaram scorpene case fundraising dinner 160612 cynthia gabriel 1“As we sit at the dinner tables right this moment, a subpoena is on the way to Mr Jalbir Singh Chahl’s house.

“The case is moving forward more concretely,” announced Suaram coordinator Cynthia Gabriel (right) who is spearheading the case for the human rights NGO.

Speaking at a fundraising dinner for their project ‘Ops Scorpene’, Gabriel said Jasbir was Abdul Razak Baginda’s right hand man in Perimekar, the company that acted as middleman for the procurement of the submarines, through which over RM500 million in alleged “commissions” have been channelled.

The first subpoena seeking testimonies for the French trial into alleged kickbacks to a Malaysian political figure over the the 2002 purchase of a pair of Scorpene …

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Posted on May 25, 2012 by Outreach
June 15, 2012 – 7.30 PM
DEWAN SIVIK MBPJ, PETALING JAYA
Table class A — RM 10000
Table class B – RM 5000
Table class C – RM 1000
For individuals, ticket per pax is with a minumum donation of RM100
For ticket purchase and enquiries, please contact us:
1) Visit SUARAM Office from Wednesday (30/5) onwards:
43A, Jalan 5/46, Gasing Indah, Petaling Jaya, Selangor (10am-6pm)
Tel: +603-7784 3525.
2) Call:
SUARAM Office: +603-7784 3525.
Sarah +013-3470860
3) Email tickets@suaram.net
 Payment for tickets or direct donation can be made to:
Donations can also be made to SUARAM via cheque or online transfer to
Name of Account: SUARA INISIATIF SDN BHD
Name of Bank     : Maybank Bhd
Account No         :  5122 9582 0324
 
After payment, please email tickets@suaram.net with the following details: 1) Total amount transfered 2) Time and date of payment 3) Transaction code (for online transfers) 4) Tickets/tables purchased.

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Published on Jun 2, 2012 by

Bangkok, Thailand 30/05/2012

French Submarines Diving Malaysia Into Deep Controversy – Press Conference

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SCORPENE TRIAL AWAITS NAJIB….

Suara Rakyat Malaysia’s (Suaram) suit in a French court over the controversial Scorpene deal will soon enter the full trial stage, which could see top government officials, including Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, being asked to testify.

Suaram’s case questions the alleged payment of €114 million (RM500 million) in commission to Perimekar Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of KS Ombak Laut Sdn Bhd, of which the wife of Najib’s (picture) aide Abdul Razak Baginda is a principal shareholder.

As such, she added, the case could also open up a can of worms as it could shed more light on the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaaribuu, who was Abdul Razak’s jilted lover at the time.

For earlier postings, click on  NAJIB NAJIB

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Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle | 09 Jun 2012

Malaysia’s minister for defense Zahid Hamidi is the latest to join the “BN denial mode” bandwagon, refusing to initiate a probe into allegations that there had been sales of naval secrets to French arms maker DCNS in connection to Prime Minister Najib Razak’s controversial purchase of 2 Scorpene submarines.

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Free Malaysia Today

The Phnom Penh Post published an article accusing Najib of receiving bribes and having met Altantuya Shaariibuu. A PKR leader wants the PM to take the Cambodian daily to court.

PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has been urged to sue a Cambodian newspaper which published an article containing “new details” surrounding the controversial Scorpene deal and the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu.

Sue daily over new details on Scorpene’ | Free Malaysia …www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2012/06/08/sue… – Cached

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Malaysiakini

Defence minister denies sale of naval secrets
12:12PM Jun 8, 2012

Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi denied the allegation that confidential Royal Malaysian Navy documents related to the two Scorpene submarines had been sold to a French defence company.

“There is no evidence to show that it had happened. However, I give the assurance that we will investigate thoroughly if this activity is proven because it involves national security,” he was quoted by Malay daily Berita Harian.

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25 May 2012
Launching of Ops Scorpene 2.0 Fundraising Dinner
SUARAM hopes that with the commencement of the Submarine case in France, we can send a clear message that Malaysians will not sit back and accept corrupt politicians and rampant corruption activities in Malaysia.
The submarine commission scandal, one of the greatest Malaysian robberies in modern times, is not a single one-off issue but reflects the widespread abuse of the Barisan Nasional administration with spiraling dominos effects, on how tax payers monies have been used and abused.
SUARAM is a human rights organization, known to speak out fearlessly in defence of human rights, good governance and an open and accountable society. We pursued the court case to seek truth and justice for the Malaysian people whose monies have been misused. For over 20 years SUARAM has worked to expose corrupt practices, poor governance and champion the rights of people before profits.
So to continue the struggle to unravel the scandals behind the submarine purchase, and in pursuance of the ongoing case in France, SUARAM needs much help and donations from people of Malaysia. This campaign needs to continue without any interference and with the full support of the Malaysian people. Costs are very high and will remain that way for the next few years until the case is disposed off and the truth unraveled, once and for all.
Ops Scorpene 2.0 is a second fundraiser and awareness campaign to further pursue and to bear expenses of the case in the French
courts, which has escalated to become a huge issue of national interest. It seeks to instill consciousness amongst Malaysians to question arms spending and transparency in arms procurement of the country. For this, SUARAM will be organizing a fundraising dinner in Kuala Lumpur and give a chance to ordinary citizens and Civil Society organisations to grasp the facts of the scandal that has shaken the nation.
The dinner will be held on 15 June 2012, 7.30 pm at Dewan Sivik MBPJ, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.  Ops Scorpene aims to raise RM300, 000 from this fundraising dinner and to bear the legal fees of the lawyers who are working hard and smart to ensure the success of the case.
Cynthia Gabriel from SUARAM, Joseph Breham, one of the 2 French lawyers, and political leaders like Saudara Mat Sabu, Members of
 parliament Tian Chua and Tony Pua will address the latest developments surrounding the case.

There will also be a number of performances and booths for NGOs to get their message and campaign forward.

The following is for your reference:
Table class A — RM 10000
Table class B — RM 5000
Table class C — RM 1000
Donations can also be made to SUARAM via cheque or online transfer to
Name of Account: SUARA INISIATIF SDN BHD
Name of Bank     : Maybank Bhd
Account No         :  5122 9582 0324
For further enquiries, contact outreach@suaram.net or suaram@suaram.net or contact SUARAM at 03 77843525.
For further info and details you may visit
Twitter: SuaramTweets

The Malaysian people wants a government that is transparent, free from corruption and that will also protect the interests of the people. We thank you in anticipation for your involvement.

Ops Scorpene 2.0 is a second fundraiser and awareness campaign … For this, SUARAM will be organizing a fundraising dinner in Kuala Lumpur and give a chance to …

suarampg.blogspot.com/…/launching-of-opsscorpene-20.html – Cached

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Malaysiakini

Suaram to hold ‘Ops Scorpene 2.0’ dinner
  • Nicholas Wong
  • 11:35AM Jun 7, 2012

Suaram will host a second dinner, dubbed ‘Ops Scorpene 2.0′, to raise more funds for its ongoing litigation against Paris-owned shipmaker DCNS in the French courts, regarding the Scorpene submarine controversy.

The dinner, to be held next Friday, June 15 at the Petaling Jaya Civic Centre, is the second such fund-raiser following the NGO’s first such event last July, which raised about RM250,000.

The event, announced by Suaram director Cynthia Gabriel (left) and Fadiah Nadwa at a press conference in Petaling Jaya yesterday afternoon, aims to raise RM300,000 this time around.

It will feature speakers such as French lawyer Joseph Breham, PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu, PKR Batu MP Tian Chua, DAP national publicity secretary Tony Pua and Suaram director Cynthia Gabriel.

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