Musa Hassan has maintained that police investigations into the case previously found no evidence to implicate Najib or his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, over the assassination, as claimed by certain quarters.
Altantuya murder: ‘I told Pak Lah – Najib not involved’
INTERVIEW Former inspector-general of police Musa Hassan revealed that then prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had in 2007 summoned the top echelon of the police force to grill them on allegations that his deputy was involved in the murder of Mongolian interpreter Altantuya Shaariibuu.
Musa, who was the police chief, said he personally briefed Abdullah on the allegations surrounding then deputy prime minister Najib Abdul Razak in the scandal.
“I briefed him. I said those involved were Abdul Razak Baginda and two police officers (who have since been convicted for the murder).
“Then, he asked if Najib was involved and I said ‘no’. The investigations showed that Najib was not involved. That was what I told him,” Musa said in an exclusive interview with Malaysiakini last week.
He also described claims that Najib’s wife Rosmah Mansor was present at the murder site as untrue.
“There was no involvement, even the military was not involved in this. The only ones who did it (the murder) were the two police officers,” Musa said.
He added that the briefing was given to Abdullah after police concluded their investigations and decided in early 2007 to charge Abdul Razak and the two police officers with the murder of Altantuya.
AG’s Chambers officers present
Sources close to former solicitor-general II Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden confirmed that he, along with Musa, did meet with Abdullah on the Altantuya murder sometime in 2007.
Yusof, when contacted by Malaysiakini , neither confirmed nor denied the meeting.
Altantuya was killed between Oct 18 and Oct 19, 2006, in a jungle clearing in Shah Alam. She had been shot and her body blown up with military-grade C4 explosives.
Aside from Abdul Razak, police officers Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, who were attached with the Special Operations Force (UTK or Unit Tindakan Khas) – an elite section of the police tasked with overt and covert operations, including providing security for VVIPs such as the prime minister – were put on trial for Altantuya’s murder.
Azilah and Sirul were on April 9, 2009, found guilty by the High Court in Shah Alam and handed the death sentence . Abdul Razak, however, was cleared of any wrongdoing without his defence being called.
The appeal against conviction filed by Azilah and Sirul Azhar is scheduled to be heard in August this year.
20 February 2015
Cops should reopen Altantuya murder case, ex-IGP says
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 20 ― Former Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Musa Hassan said the police should reopen Altantuya Shaariibuu’s murder case to verify Sirul Azhar Umar’s recent claim that he had killed her under orders.
Musa, who was IGP during the October 2006 murder, told Sinar Harian, however, that Sirul, who is one of the Mongolian model’s convicted killers, could be merely making an allegation.
“Look at what Sirul has revealed, investigate the truth and validate it. He must verify what he said.
“Its possible he was just making an allegation,” the retired police chief was quoted saying in the Malay daily.
Musa added, however, that he was not aware if Sirul had made the same claim before in the past.
“All the testimonies have been given in court, if there are new statements made, the police should investigate them,” he added, according to Sinar Harian.
According to PAS information chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar this afternoon, Sirul will address the Malaysian media in a brief 15-minute teleconference next Monday.
The former police commando, who is currently held in Australia, recently told Malaysiakini in an interview that he is considering revealing why he and another former police commando shot dead the Mongolian model and blew her body up with explosives.
Apart from claiming that he had merely acted under orders then, he also said that the Federal Court should have called his then-superior, deputy superintendent Musa Safri, to testify.
2 June 2012
Ex-IGP Musa, what was the motive of killing Altantuya?
YOURSAY ‘Why not say Anwar Ibrahim did it? After all, I’m sure an expert like Musa can manufacture evidence quite easily.’
Headhunter: If former inspector-general of police (IGP) Musa Hassan is hoping that he can bluff the rakyat and protect the guilty, he’s very wrong because we’re not naive.
The sudden appearance of several former IGPs to defend Umno are all a desperate attempt to boost PM Najib Razak’s image.
As for the Mongolian translator Altantuya Shaariibuu affair, all the evidence and the court case say otherwise.
Why not say Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim did it? After all, I’m sure an expert like Musa can manufacture evidence quite easily.
Sadirah: You are a police officer, Musa, and why did you not check for motive – why was the boss of the two accused, who was Najib’s staff member, not called; why were immigration details erased and why was Najib not called?
The simple fact is that all in the civil service just want to please their bosses. How can you be so candid with former PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi when you have not even clarified the motive?
Come on, she was shot and then blown up with military-grade C4 explosives. How come this came from the Defence Ministry?
There are so many unanswered questions and if Altantuya was your daughter you would definitely do things differently.
Whom do you want us to believe when the credibility of the Royal Malaysian Police is so low and you make it worse by opening your mouth and making the people look stupid.
Swipenter: So many unanswered questions plus no motive for murder do not sound convincing at all. Those with the most pressing motives to kill her are found to be not involved.
As more and more beans are spilled in a court in Paris, the motives and likely identities of the persons behind the murder become less murky.
Kosongcafe: Musa had the gift of extra-sensory perception (ESP), like the attorney-general (AG), who knew before the trial that only the three were involved. So the trial was just a formality?
Blind Freddo: There is a world of difference between the truth and what the police investigation discovered.
Onyourtoes: This is another tai-chi. Malaysiakini should change its name to Tai-Chi Bulletin . How credible was this former chief law enforcement officer? Was Anwar found guilty of sodomy? What about evidence manipulating?
Atantuya was murdered, no doubt about that, but where were the money trails? Who paid to whom, how much, and for what?
Are these not important? You find the money trail; you can quite easily find the motivation for her murder.
Tailek: If only the two police officers were involved, please tell me their motive for killing Altantuya, where did they get the C4 explosives, why were her immigration records removed, why are the two officers’ faces always hooded and covered in court.
Even a schoolboy can tell you there is a cover-up going on here.
Multi Racial: Forget about this ex-IGP. Firstly, he doesn’t have the credibility to give his opinion. Secondly, why is he bringing this matter up now?
In any crime, there has to be motive. What motive does Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar have to kill Altantuya? Why do they have to go to the extend to use C4 to blow her up into pieces?
As Musa said, Abdul Razak Baginda was involved. In this case, why would Azilah and Sirul take orders from Razak Baginda, whom they neither report to nor have any dealing with?
Assuming Razak Baginda is involved, then what is his motive to blow up Altantuya? If it is due to the affair he has with her then, there is no reason for him to kill her, not mentioning blowing her up into pieces.
There is also no reason for Razak Baginda to kill Altantuya to cover up the affair he had with her because his wife already knew about it.
Another point is why were the immigration records of Altantuya erased from the system?
Ace: It’s good that Malaysiakini interviews such characters.
However, can the Malaysiakini interviewers be more probing so that the interview can be more meaningful – not like a forum for people to justify their actions however bad they may be.
Be more like those in BBC’s Hardtalk, and make the unsavoury characters squirm!
Abasir: If Najib is relying on a shady character like Musa to de-link him from the Altantuya murder, he must be very desperate.
And Musa opening up this stinking can of worms has also underscored the cover-up that has taken place.
By not going anywhere near the motives of the men from Najib’s security detail and by not saying who sent them on the kill mission, he has actually put the noose where it rightfully belongs.
It proves once again that the police force is run by men with little intelligence.
Donplaypuks: So, Musa wants us to believe that one fine day two police officers got up and said, “Let’s go find this Mongolian lady we have never met and know nothing about, kill her and blow her up with C4 explosives”?
It’s easier to believe that Santa Claus exists and lives in the North Pole.
Pick-a-bone: Didn’t Rabindranath Tagore say, “Truth when overdressed becomes tawdry.”
Musa, you can tell the kangaroo it’s a virgin but what is revealing is that it is carrying its young in its pouch.
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