Abdul Razak Baginda was charged with abetment for the murder of Altantuya though he was later acquitted.
The Scorpene case concerns Malaysia’s purchase of two Scorpene-class submarines for around €1 billion from France’s Direction des Constructions Navales (DCN) in 2002, which allegedly involved kickbacks.
At the time of the Scorpene deal, Najib was the defence minister.
Abdul Razak admitted to receiving around €30 million (RM137 million) from French company Thales for lobbying work, but denied using it to bribe Malaysian officials.
Altantuya, who in initial reports had allegedly helped in the negotiations that led to the purchase of the submarines, was also the jilted lover of Abdul Razak.
The “architect” of the Scorpene deal, Jasbir Singh Chahl, however, said that Altantuya was never involved in the contract nor was she an interpreter for the deal.
Abdul Razak said he had also only met Altantuya in 2005, three years after the Scorpene deal took place.
He was charged with abetment for her murder though he was later acquitted.
Published on Apr 10, 2018
While politics and skulduggery are frequent bedfellows in most countries, it’s hard to believe the extent of the intrigue and corruption in the Malaysian government. The greatest scandal surrounds the murder of a beautiful young woman who was having an affair with a high-ranking apparatchik. Only she wasn’t just killed, she was blown to pieces with explosives by two government bodyguards. One of her killers, Sirul Azhar Umar, was sentenced to death but fled to Australia and is now being held in Sydney’s Villawood Detention Centre. It’s believed Sirul is keeping a dirty secret about who ordered the murder. Now, Malaysia’s former Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad – himself an outspoken and controversial figure – has come out of retirement to have his say. He tells Ross Coulthart the Australian government needs to protect its Malaysian detainee and grant him immediate asylum. Reporter: Ross Coulthart Producers: Grace Tobin, Mary Ann Jolley
Abdul Razak Bagina, “Najib never knew the woman. Najib is innocent.”
He insisted that the two policemen had acted on their own accord when committing the murder, adding that, “this was determined by the court”. He questioned why there was an allegation of conspiracy hanging over the case when there was no evidence to prove it.
WHERE DID THIS PHOTO COME FROM? COULD IT BE DOCTORED?
In PI Bala’s first statutory declaration:
25. During this discussion and in an attempt to persuade me to continue my employment with him, Abdul Razak Baginda informed me that :-
- He had been introduced to Aminah by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at a diamond exhibition in Singapore.
- Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak informed Abdul Razak Baginda that he had a sexual relationship with Aminah and that she was susceptible to anal intercourse.
- Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wanted Abdul Razak Baginda to look after Aminah as he did not want her to harass him since he was now the Deputy Prime Minister.
- Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Abdul Razak Baginda and Aminah had all been together at a dinner in Paris.
RPD mentioned in his SD that he hd been reliably informed that Rosmah was there the night Altantuya was murdered. See 1. (a).
However, in a 2011 interview with TV3, Raja Petra disclaimed any responsibility for his accusations that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor were involved in Altantuya’s murder.
14 May 2018
Razak Baginda denies fleeing, unfazed about being targeted
Abdul Razak Baginda, a close associate of former premier Najib Abdul Razak, has denied talk of having fled the country.
The political analyst also said he is not concerned about being targeted by the new Pakatan Harapan government over the Scorpene scandal and Altantuya Shaariibuu murder.
“I have never fled. These are all unfounded rumours.
“There was a trial (over the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya) and I was in remand in prison for close to two years till the conclusion of the lengthy trial. I was prosecuted.
“Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohammed has said the government will adhere to the rule of law and any issue of re-trial has to be in accordance with the law based on evidence and not rumours or allegations,” he told Malaysiakini.
Earlier today, former Federal Court judge Gopal Sri Ram had called for a fresh probe into the Scorpene case and purported kickbacks in the purchase of the submarines.
He also noted the related allegations including the Altantuya murder.
5:42PM Jan 29, 2015
Razak Baginda breaks silence, but riddle stays
Political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda has broken his seven-year silence on the murder of his former Mongolian lover Altantuya Shaariibuu but some pertinent issues remain unaddressed.
In an exclusive interview with The Malaysian Insider, he cleared Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak of any involvement in the grisly killing, for which two ex-police commandos have been sentenced to death.
Among others, Abdul Razak, who was arrested but cleared of abetting the murder, said Najib was a “poor guy” who became a “victim” of the conspiracy surrounding Altantuya’s murder. He also claimed that Najib never met Altantuya before.
“Najib never knew the woman. Najib is innocent. If you all think there is a connection, where is the evidence? Let’s not forget that in any situation like this, there are a lot of opportunists out there. We have seen this so many times,” he said in the interview.
For Abdul Razak, the reason why Najib’s name was dragged into the controversy was because he was close to the former and deputy prime minister when the murder happened.
He dismissed the murder as a “straightforward” case, comparing it to deaths in custody at the hands of the police, and pinned the murder solely on Sirul and Azilah.
And Abdul Razak was merely dismissive of late private eye P Balasubramaniam’s first statutory declaration that Najib had known Altantuya personally and that the former was the one who introduced Altantuya to Abdul Razak.
“All utter rubbish. Anal sex as well. All rubbish. Everyone took the SD as the truth. Furthermore, in the SD, Balasubramaniam says: ‘someone told me’ or ‘I told him’. It’s all hearsay,” Abdul Razak said of the first SD.
The SMS exchanges between Najib and Abdul Razak that suggested interference in case was also not addressed.
According to Balasubramaniam in his SD, “Abdul Razak Baginda received an SMS from Najib Razak and showed, this message to both myself and his lawyer. This message read as follows: ‘I am seeing IGP at 11am today … matter will be solved … be cool’.”
Abdul Razak also denied that Altantuya was an interpreter for the government in negotiating with French parties regarding the French submarine Scorpene deal, claiming she “can’t even speak French”.
Why is Razak Baginda protecting Najib over Altantuya’s murder, asks lawyer
Altantuya’s death ‘just a straightforward murder case’, says ex-lover Razak Baginda
Nine years on, political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda still does not know the motive for his lover Altantuya Shaariibuu’s murder but noted that many people have inexplicably died in police custody.
Razak was acquitted of abetting in her 2006 murder but two police commandos have been found guilty by the Federal Court after a final round of appeal this month.
“Only the two policemen know. Rogue police do kill people, like in so many remand cases,” the political analyst told The Malaysian Insider when asked what, in his opinion, was the motive for the murder.
Speaking to The Malaysian Insider recently, Razak said speculation on the case had gone to the point of being extremely ridiculous.
“The situation has become quite ridiculous in terms of the speculations. It is much of the same speculation but now, more twisted because we have reached the end of a long legal process.
“There is a twist to all this because Sirul escaped and went to Australia,” said Razak, adding that he is willing to speak now as from a legal point, the criminal case is now over.
He also commented on reports of Sirul’s mother lamenting that her son had been framed.
“What do you expect the mother to say?” he asked.
He also referred to reports of Sirul’s son, appearing out of nowhere on a Facebook page, saying he is in Australia with his dad.
The user, who called himself Shuk Sz, claimed to be Sirul’s 19-year-old son.
In one of his postings, Shuk Sz said Sirul was called to record a statement but does not say which authority had summoned him. He said if the statement is publicised, Malaysia’s reputation would suffer.
“We don’t even know the authenticity of the Facebook (posting), and yet it got reported. Nobody bothers to check?
“If you just treat this as a murder and do not politicise it, then it is just a straightforward murder case,” he said.