21 May 2018
‘Sirul is not needed to reopen case’
GEORGE TOWN: The witness statement of convicted killer and former police officer Sirul Azhar Umar should be obtained on the terms of Malaysian authorities, and not with a full pardon, a DAP MP said.
Ramkarpal Singh said Sirul’s statement in the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu would be an added advantage, but not the only “trump card”.
“A request for a full pardon should be ruled out as it’s an insult to the memory of Altantuya,” he said.
Ramkarpal, who is Bukit Gelugor MP and a lawyer, was commenting on Sirul’s request for a full pardon to reveal it all in the latter’s interview with an online portal.
Ramkarpal said he believed that the person or persons who ordered Altantuya’s murder is “already known” from the investigations that have been carried out.
“This is because it is too crucial an aspect of the case to have been missed out, as such this is further reason to reopen the case,” he said.
He said that even if the motive of the murder has not been established, the case could still be probed through further investigation or a Royal Commission of Inquiry.
Ramkarpal had earlier said that Sirul’s witness statement could be obtained if the authorities were willing to commute Sirul’s death sentence to life, so as to extradite him from Australia.
“If Sirul is extradited, he should serve the full life sentence in Malaysia as he must receive the retribution for the heinous crime committed,” he said.
“Looks like Sirul is having a good life at the detention centre now, where he is free to give interviews. It is baffling.”
Sirul is currently at a detention centre in Australia, where he is hoping to get asylum.
19 May 2018
Sirul willing to assist in Altantuya case – with a full pardon
EXCLUSIVE | Australian immigration detainee Sirul Azhar Umar says he is willing to assist the new Pakatan Harapan government to reveal what transpired in the case of Altantuya Shaariibuu – provided he is given a full pardon to travel back to Malaysia.
Sirul, 45, told Malaysiakini from his detention centre in Sydney today that this is the condition for his release, as he believes many now see him as a political detainee following BN’s loss in the 14th general election.
“That (Altantuya) case is my only crime, as I do not have any criminal record prior to that.
“Hence, I am willing to assist the new government to tell what actually transpired provided that the government grants me (a) full pardon.
“I had previously served under Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Anwar Ibrahim, and I would also like to use this opportunity to congratulate them on their (Pakatan Harapan’s) victory (in the polls),” he told Malaysiakini.
“I also would like to thank Anwar for calling for a fresh trial,” he added.
Sirul also expressed his displeasure over how the murder trial was conducted, as he said he had followed his lawyers’ instructions.
He claimed the “main witness” was not called in the trial and expressed his hope the case would be heard anew.
During the trial and the appeal process at the Court of Appeal and Federal Court, Sirul was represented by Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin and Hasnal Rezua Merican.
Sirul claimed that following the Federal Court conviction, he instructed both his lawyers to file a review.
“But they have not done so and it is already three years,” he said.
18 May 2018
Ramkarpal: Find out who wanted Altantuya dead
Incoming federal government must show ‘strong political will’ to uncover the murder or risk being labelled as no different from Barisan Nasional, says Ramkarpal Singh.
PETALING JAYA: A Royal Commission of Inquiry should be held to determine who ordered the murder of Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaariibuu in 2009, a DAP politician said today.
Ramkarpal Singh, who won election last week as MP for Bukit Gelugor, urged the prime minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, to convene the royal inquiry, whose findings could form the basis of a subsequent charge against those culpable.
“The new PH government must demonstrate strong political will to get to the bottom of the murder of Altantuya or risk being labelled as no different from its predecessor,” he said in a statement.
Two former police officers were found guilty and sentenced to death for killing Altantuya in a forest near a Subang dam in Shah Alam. One of them, Sirul Azhar Umar, fled to Australia, where he is being held at an immigration detention centre while he seeks political asylum.
His former colleague, Azilah Hadri, is imprisoned in Kajang and being held on death row.
Ramkarpal said it was “shocking” that evidence was not presented during their trial to show who had ordered them to murder Altantuya “particularly when it was clear that they did not even know her and certainly had no reason to do so on their own”.
He said it was curious that the prosecution did not file an appeal when a third accused, Abdul Razak Baginda, was acquitted without his defence being called.
17 May 2018
Anwar: Sirul deserves a fresh trial
Police commando Sirul Azhar Umar, who was sentenced to death for the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu, should be given a fresh trial, PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim said.
In an interview with The Australian, Anwar said Sirul’s original trial judges were “compromised” as the relevant witnesses were not called, thereby “made a mockery of the law”.
“The best way is to proffer a new charge and allow for a full hearing of the case,” he said.
In 2009, Sirul and Azilah Hadri – both members of then deputy prime minister Najib Abdul Razak’s security detail – were found guilty of murdering the Mongolian national three years earlier.
Both were acquitted in 2013. Sirul then escaped to Australia and has been held at Sydney’s Villawood detention centre since, where he is seeking political asylum.
Their acquittal was eventually overturned by the Federal Court and their death sentences reinstated.
Defence contractor Abdul Razak Baginda – known to be one of Najib’s closest confidante – was initially charged with abetting the duo, but he was eventually acquitted.
The motive for the crime and the source of the policemen’s orders remain unknown.