19 October 2015
Cousin’s outrage led to ‘Murdered in Malaysia’ book
Antares : There have been numerous U-turns made by various individuals linked to the case: first there was the dramatic withdrawal of PI Bala’s incendiary statutory declaration of 1st July 2008, followed by a second statutory declaration on July 4 which glaringly omitted all references to Najib Razak.
Then there was Raja Petra Kamarudin’s (RPK) shocking appearance on TV3 in April 2011 where he backpedalled on his explosive June 18, 2008 statutory declaration naming Rosmah Mansor as an active party to the execution of the Mongolian woman.
RPK’s son Azman who was in prison on trumped-up charges of theft had claimed he was being tortured in prison and had attempted suicide. The relationship between father and long-lost son may have been tenuous. But, it would have taken a cold-hearted father of stone to ignore a son’s dire predicament in that situation. Whatever deal RPK made with Najib, the result was his son was freed and found his way to safety soon in London.
But everyone must remember that in RPK’s original SD, he clearly did not say what everyone thought he did. The opening sentence there clearly starts with “I have been reliably informed…”
He was clearly saying he only had second-hand knowledge of the accusations against Najib and Rosmah. So, he can’t really be faulted for everyone’s presumption. Of course he could have clarified it later, instead of allowing the apparent misunderstanding to mushroom internationally, but did nothing to dampen opinions that Najib and Rosmah were guilty.
When he attempted to do so in the 2011 TV3 interview, he of course lost credibility and respect. Legions of his fans dumped him forever.
17 June 2016
RPK: I don’t believe Rosmah involved in Altantuya murder
In a dramatic turn of events, top blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin has disclaimed any responsibility for accusations that Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor were involved in the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu.
In an exclusive interview with TV3 group editor Ashraf Abdullah and aired on several major television stations tonight, the Malaysia Today webmaster also turned the tables on Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim – with whom he has long been associated – by claiming people close to Anwar were behind the accusations against Najib to prevent him from succeeding Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as prime minster.
“I have never accused the prime minister or his wife as being involved in the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder case,” Raja Petra was recorded as telling Ashraf in Perth, Australia.
In a statutory declaration (SD) made before Raja Petra left for the UK, the political activist had said he had received information from several people purporting Rosmah as having been present at the place when Altantuya was murdered.
“In that SD of mine, I recounted how there were these people who had informed (me) of these things.
“Let those people come and tell their story. The authorities should investigate and call these people. That’s what I said in the SD.
“I myself did not raise any accusations. I did not say I know that the wife of the then-deputy prime minister (Najib) was at the scene of the incident. I did not say that. I did not make the accusation.
“What I said was there were people who told me this, but it depends on the authorities to investigate this further and for those people to come forward.
“I mentioned the names of these people. I mentioned them during the interrogation by the police,” he said.
Raja Petra had previously blogged that he was introduced to Lt Kol Azmi Zainal Abidin – who he described as being the “number two in the special branch of the military intelligence” – who was the source of the accusation against Rosmah.
The people Raja Petra said introduced him to Azmi, furthermore, were Nik Azmi Nik Daud and John Pang, both of whom had worked for Umno stalwart Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, and blogger Din Merican who was once close to Anwar.
In the interview with Ashraf, Raja Petra said he does not accept any longer the storyline pushed by the trio.
“I don’t believe the story anymore. Because I feel, maybe it’s impossible. How can the wife of the prime minister have been at that place (where Altantuya killed), as that place is in the middle of the forest.
“I thought, ‘would she climb to such a high ground, enter the forest in the middle of the night, midnight? I thought that must be impossible.
According to the TV3 report, Raja Petra said the aim of the three people concerned was to ensure that Najib did not replace Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as prime minister when the latter steps down.
7 October 2013
RajaPetra Kamarudin statutory declaration onAltantuya Shaariibuu murder. Release date June 26, 2008 http://fb.me/2MNwwEl7S
13 April 2011
RPK revealed his SD linking Najib with Altantuya murder was made based on information and demand by several individuals.