1 September 2017
‘Assassination’ of Malaysian consul Zahid Raza in Madagascar fuels new
Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 vanished on August 8, 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 crew and passengers, including six Australians, on board.
Multiple pieces of wreckage, including a barnacle entrusted flaperon, the iconic “No Step” piece and at least one section of interior cabin, have been confirmed as having come from the missing Boeing 777 after washing up on islands off Africa’s south-east coast.
The fuselage and black box have never been found, leading to countless conspiracy theories about how, where and why the plane went down and whether authorities and associated companies such as Boeing orchestrated a cover up to protect their interests.
So it should come as no surprise that Mr Raza’s assassination is being viewed by some as a warning to anyone getting close to the truth.
However, local reports suggest Mr Raza was a marked man long before Mr Gibson came along.
The French-language news website ZINFOS 974 speculated Mr Raza was killed as payback for his alleged involvement in the 2009 abduction of several residents of Indo-Pakistani descent known collectively as Karens.
“Zahid Raza was the manager of an office supply business, Z & Z Center, in the Malagasy capital. He lived a few years in La Reunion before returning to Madagascar about three years ago to take up the post of consul in Antananarivo,” the article, published the day after the slaying, said.
“In Madagascar, his name is associated with the kidnapping of members of the Karen community in Fianarantsoa in 2009. Suspected of having participated, he is imprisoned in Tsiafahy and then in Antanimora prison. He was able to return to his country freely in December 2010, provoking indignation within the Karen community.”
But Dr Iannello said it appeared Mr Raza had not been convicted of any such crime.
“The association of Mr Raza with the kidnappers has not been confirmed, and could be disinformation,” he said.
“Hopefully, the facts surrounding this will surface. Surprisingly, the assassination of Mr Raza has been met with stony silence from both Malaysia and France,
Wisma Putra in the dark about Madagascar consul’s murder
THE Foreign Affairs Ministry has no knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the alleged murder of Malaysia’s honorary consul in Madagascar, Zahid Raza, a source told The Malaysian Insight.
“We have not heard anything about the honorary consul’s death being related to MH370. We were informed of his passing by his wife,” the official said.
The source said the Madagascar government had not updated Putrajaya on any investigation into Zahid’s death.
Linfo.re, a French news portal from the French Indian Ocean territory of Reunion Island, reported that Zahid owned an office supplies business in the Malagasy capital of Antananarivo.
Reunion Island was where a wing fragment from MH370 called a flaperon was found in 2015.
The portal said Zahid was shot in the middle of Thursday night as he was driving through the diplomatic quarter of Antananarivo. The report quoted relatives as saying that the killing was likely over a business dispute.
On August 30, the Foreign Ministry acknowledged the passing of the Malaysia honorary consul to Madagascar.
The Malaysian Honorary Consul to the Republic of Madagascar, Houssenaly Zahid Raza, is on the right.
The Foreign Ministry today expressed its deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Malaysian Honorary Consul to the Republic of Madagascar, Houssenaly Zahid Raza (right), who died last Aug 24 in Antananarivo, Madagascar. (Pic source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia website)
Malaysian consul assassinated over MH370 debris, claims wreck hunter
Blaine Gibson claims Houssenaly Zahid Raza was assassinated before he could ensure the debris was safely delivered to Malaysia.
PETALING JAYA: In the latest turn of events surrounding the MH370 mystery, a wreck hunter collecting debris claims the Malaysian Honorary Consul in Madagascar responsible for handing over the debris to Malaysian authorities was assassinated.
Australian daily Perth Now quoted wreck hunter Blaine Gibson as saying the new debris finds were to be handed over to Houssenaly Zahid Raza and delivered by private courier to Malaysia.
However, the report claimed Houssenaly was assassinated on Aug 24, before he could carry out his task.
“For the protection of those involved, we decided not to make this report public until the debris was safely delivered to Malaysia,” Gibson was quoted as saying.
Houssenaly’s death was acknowledged by the foreign ministry on Aug 30. However, no details were provided on the cause or circumstances surrounding his death.
In a statement, Wisma Putra conveyed its condolences and said Houssenaly was first appointed Malaysia’s Honorary Consul in Madagascar in December 2013 for a three-year term.
30 August 2017
MH37O mystery: Wreck hunter Blaine Gibson receives death threats | Perth Now
THE mystery surrounding MH370 has deepened after wreck hunter Blaine Gibson received death threats and the Malaysian Consul in Madagascar, responsible for handing over debris from the Boeing 777, was assassinated last week.
Mr Gibson said that he and others collecting debris had received death threats and new debris finds were due to be handed over to Zahid Raza, the Honorary Malaysian Consul in Madagascar when he was assassinated on August 24.
Mr Gibson who fears for his life said “for the protection of those involved we decided not to make this report public until the debris was safely delivered to Malaysia.”
“Under the agreement between the two countries, debris is supposed to be collected by Zahid Raza and delivered by private courier to Malaysia,” Mr Gibson said.
The debris is still safely in the hands of the Madagascar authorities but new arrangements must be made for the collection Mr Gibson said.
According to Victor Iannello, from the Independent Group which is closely following the MH370 disappearance, “what makes a possible link to MH370 even more suspicious is that in the time period surrounding his death, Mr Raza was expected to visit the Malagasy Ministry of Transport, retrieve additional recovered pieces, and deliver those pieces to Malaysia.”