27 October 2017
October 27, 2017
Former tow-truck driver found guilty of Najadi’s murder in retrial
KUALA LUMPUR: Ex-tow truck driver Koong Swee Kuan, 48, was sentenced to death after he was found guilty of the murder of Arab-Malaysian Development Bank founder Hussain Najadi four years ago.
Judicial Commissioner Ab Karim Ab Rahman also sentenced Koong to 18 years jail for attempted murder of Najadi’s widow, Cheong Mei Kuen.
He said the defence failed to raise a reasonable doubt in the prosecution’s case.
“The defence story is a concoction and inherently improbable,” Ab Karim said in his oral verdict.
Koong, wearing a white singlet and black pants, was calm when the judge imposed the sentence.
2 November 2015
Najadi murder: Why was alleged mastermind freed, asks Gobind
A DAP lawmaker today demanded that Putrajaya to explain the reason for the claimed release of Lim Yuen Soo, the alleged mastermind behind the murder of AmBank founder Hussain Najadi.
“I want an answer. We need an answer. How can the suspect be allowed to go free?” asked Gobind Singh Deo (DAP-Puchong) when debating 2016 Budget at Dewan Rakyat tonight.
He said Lim, the main suspect in the murder, was arrested upon his arrival in Kuala Lumpur from China in early October but was released eight days later.
“I want to ask the Prime Minister’s Department, how can we assure the citizens of this country that justice will prevail?” asked Gobind further.
Kuala Lumpur CID chief Zainuddin Ahmad has confirmed Lim’s release saying there was insufficient evidence to charge him.
It was reported that the Attorney-General’s Chambers, which received the investigation paper from the police on Oct 20, had decided not to charge him.
The businessman had allegedly paid Kong Swee Kwan RM20,000 to gun down Hussain on July 29, 2013 at Jalan Ceylon in Kuala Lumpur.
Kong was arrested in September 2013 and sentenced to death a year later, but Lim remained elusive despite police announcing in October 2013 that it was seeking Interpol’s help to track down the alleged mastermind.
“We need to put ourselves in the shoes of the families,” he added.
“Why we can’t offer the family a simple answer? Are the police trying to hide something ? We don’t know,” he said.
‘Mastermind’ behind AmBank founder’s murder released
‘Mastermind’ behind AmBank founder’s murder released https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/318154
The alleged mastermind behind the murder of AmBank founder Hussain Najadi has been released because there was ‘insufficient evidence’ to charge him.
Kuala Lumpur CID chief Zainuddin Ahmad confirmed that Lim Yuen Soo was released after eight days of detention.
“There was insufficient evidence (to charge him), so we released him,” he told Malaysiakini.
Zainuddin said Lim was released after police conducted a thorough investigation and after the matter was referred to the Attorney-General’s Chambers.
Although Lim is no longer in detention, Zainuddin confirmed that he was still in the country.
Lim was detained as he returned to the country from China, early last month.
Not acceptable by any standards
Meanwhile, Hussain’s son, Pascal Najadi, condemned the release and said it was not acceptable.
“It’s a big shock and not acceptable by any international standards.
“How can the assassin be freed? We protest his release at the strongest level,” said Pascal, who is currently in Moscow, Russia.
He said that this smells of “state-sponsored cover-up”.
“Serious questions about the defunct justice in Malaysia now must needed to be asked.”
Hussain was killed four months after the first alleged transactions involving Najib’s bank accounts.
Jul 11, 2015
Son: Man behind bank founder’s killing in M’sia
Pascal Najadi, the son of slain AmBank founder Hussain Najadi, claimed the man who purportedly ordered his father’s killing has returned to Malaysia under an alias.
Speaking to Malaysiakini from Russia in a Skype interview, Pascal said he was informed of the suspect Lim Yuen Soo’s return by a source on condition of anonymity.
He also claimed Lim was connected to the wife of a local senior politician.
Malaysiakini’s investigation also revealed Lim is more than a businessman who ran “entertainment outlets and carpark businesses” as described by police.
Research showed that Lim owns a security firm named Active Force Security Services Sdn Bhd, which describes its nature of business as “guards and security services”.
According to a Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) search, Lim controls 30 percent of the company. The information was last updated on Jan 5, 2015.
The other two shareholders are former Melaka Tengah police chief Mohd Khasni Mohd Nor, who also holds a 30 percent stake in the company, and one Ismail Mohd Noh who controls the remaining 40 percent.
Lim had allegedly paid Kong Swee Kwan RM20,000 to gun down Pascal’s father, Hussain, on July 29, 2013 near Jalan Ceylon in Kuala Lumpur.
Kong was arrested in September 2013 and sentenced to death a year later but Lim remained elusive despite police announcing in October 2013 that it was seeking Interpol’s help to track down the mastermind who was believed to be in Australia.
So it came as a surprise to Pascal when inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar on Wednesday abruptly declared the case, with the shooter already convicted, as “solved”.
It is for this reason, Pascal said he had not relayed the information about Lim’s possible return to the Malaysian police whom he described as “unreliable”.
Free Malaysia Today
Son adamant Hussain Najadi’s murder linked to 1MDB
Pascal Najadi disputes IGP’s denial, says matter not within Khalid’ field of competence.
KUALA LUMPUR: Pascal Najadi today slammed Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar for brushing aside suggestions that his father’s murder may have been linked to events surrounding 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
He was responding to Khalid’s statement reported by FMT yesterday denying any connection between Hussain Najadi’s assassination and the on-going 1MDB investigation.
In a Facebook posting earlier today addressed to “Malaysian citizens and observers from all over the world”, Pascal questioned the IGP’s comment.
“By simply denying that there is any link to 1MDB and the assassination of my father Hussain Najadi, the IGP draws even more attention from us the family and the general public,” he said.
“How come he can say this as there has been no investigation,” Pascal asked, adding that the matter was not within Khalid’s “field of competence.”
He insisted that it was the duty of the Attorney- General to pursue the case under Article 145 of the Federal Constitution.
“It is a criminal offence that was committed in Malaysia and the mastermind killer is known to the Malaysians and to the world through Interpol,” he claimed.
There’s more to dad’s murder, says Pascal Najadi http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/304418
Pascal Najadi believes there is more to his father and AmBank founder Hussain Ahmad Najadi’s murder, and accused Malaysian police of allowing the mastermind behind the assassination to escape. Pascal, in an interview with Sarawak Report published today, said even though his father’s shooter was arrested but the mastermind who commissioned the assassination was allowed to flee. “The Malaysians never pursued him and it’s been dropped,” he was quoted as saying. Pascal also dismissed speculation that his father was killed for helping a temple to stop its land from being acquired for development. … Instead, Pascal believed that his father’s death was related to corruption and the perpetrator had since fled the country. “I have no explanation for his execution except corruption at the bank and the mastermind was let go and escaped via Sydney. “Malaysia have not followed up via Interpol. He was Malaysian, he boarded a flight to Sydney even though he was an immediate suspect. “The Australians followed this mastermind to Shanghai, but Malaysia never pursued him,” he was quoted as saying. http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/304418 —
Police have poured cold water on rumours that AmBank founder Hussain Ahmad Najadi was murdered because he wanted to expose the 1MDB scandal. Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar said there was no link between the murder and the 1MDB case. “I confirm that there was no police report lodged by Hussain on the day before his murder that there was a (large) deposit. “There is no link between Hussain’s murder and the 1MDB case, none whatsoever,” he said. Speaking to reporters at KL Sentral, the top cop said police already know the motive behind the murder, and the killer had been sentenced last year. He added the allegations had originated from a blog which prompted Hussain’s son, Pascal Najadi, to make similar allegations. “He made the allegation after reading the blog which means someone else made the claims first,” Khalid said. He said police were investigating the source of the rumour and will take action against those who spread false news. http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/304434 — Malay Mail Online Any link between 1MDB and AmBank founder’s murder? Kit Siang wants cops to find out KUALA LUMPUR, July 7 — Lim Kit Siang has asked the police to reopen investigations into the 2013 murder of Arab-Malaysian Development Bank (AmBank) founder Hussain Ahmad Najadi, saying it could help lay to rest rumours of a possible link between the case and the ongoing 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) controversy. … Hussain was assassinated on July 29 two years ago while his wife was seriously injured in the shooting, when they emerged from the Kuan Yin Temple in Lorong Ceylon. Hussain, 75, who had Iranian citizenship and permanent Malaysian residency, was the chairman and chief executive of multi-billion dollar corporation AIAK Group. He had established the Arab-Malaysian Development Bank in 1975, now known as AmBank. … Last week, allegations in a report by WSJ on the 1MDB controversy set tongues wagging again about Hussain’s assassination. According to the international business daily, some US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) from the state investor were deposited into the prime minister’s private accounts. … Hussain’s son Pascal Najadi had written an article that was posted on web portal Malaysia Chronicle today, in which he labelled it “ironic” that the same bank his father founded was where 1MDB’s money has allegedly been uncovered. In the article, Pascal explained that he and his family had lived “in fear of our wellbeing”, sold all their assets and left Malaysia for good in early 2014 and now feel “safe” in Switzerland. – See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/any-link-between-1mdb-and-ambank-founders-murder-kit-siang-wants-cops-to-fi?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed#sthash.85PEYm0R.dpuf
DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang has urged police to re-open the murder case of Ambank founder Hussein Ahmad Najadi. Lim, who is also Gelang Patah MP, said this was to ensure that Hussein’s death had nothing to do with the 1MDB scandal. Lim’s call comes as a special taskforce probes allegations that 1MDB’s funds were deposited into Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s private bank accounts at Ambank. “I call on the Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar to re-open investigations into the murder of the founder of AmBank, Hussain Ahmad Najadi (photo) who was shot dead in broad daylight in the centre of Kuala Lumpur on July 29, 2013 and to ascertain whether his murder had any links with the 1MDB scandal,” said Lim. … “The police should investigate whether it is true that in March 2013, Hussain had reported to Bank Negara about significant amounts of money deposited into Najib’s personal accounts and subsequently about withdrawal of significant amounts of money from these bank accounts; and that Hussain lodged a police report on the above matters on 28th July 2013 when no actions were taken by Bank Negara,” said Lim. Hussain was shot dead near Lorong Ceylon, Kuala Lumpur. http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/304369 —