KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 17 — Iskandar Puteri MP Lim Kit Siang wants the government to open a fresh inquiry into the whole legal process following the 2006 murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu in light of the statutory declaration (SD) by former police commando Azilah Hadri.
The DAP veteran also questioned whether or not former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, whom Azilah alleged in his SD to have ordered him to kill the Mongolian, would truly support re-opening investigations on the 13-year-old murder case as claimed.
“The shocking sworn statement of the death row inmate and former commando Azilah Hadri justifies inquiry of the whole process of investigation, prosecution and trial for the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu in October 2006.
“In all my statements about the murder of Altantuya in the past 13 years, I have never accused Najib of the murder of Altantuya,” Lim said in a statement today.
“In my last statement on the issue on October 31 last year, I had said that ‘the ghost of Altantuya will continue to haunt Najib and Malaysia until there is a full and satisfactory investigation as to the motive for the heinous murder of the Mongolian and the real murderers brought to justice’,” he added.
Lim pointed out that under Najib’s rule, the authorities had failed to reopen the investigation in order to establish its motive.
He also added that the video by businessman Deepak Jaikishan, coupled with Azilah’s testimony and the confession of Sirul Azhar Umar, is enough grounds to re-open the murder investigation.
Chance for M’sia to come clean, says Altantuya’s father
The father of murdered Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu views the shocking revelation by former cop on death row Azilah Hadri today as a chance for Malaysia to clear its name.
Setev Shaariibuu said he was currently admitted for a health condition but was aware that Azilah had confessed to having murdered Altantuya in 2006 upon alleged instructions from Najib Razak, who was then deputy prime minister.
“It is an opportunity for the present Malaysian authorities to clean the country’s name at the international level if they can follow up with this revelation,” said Setev from Ulaanbataar.
“We hope this latest revelation can hasten the truth and help my family seek justice for my daughter, who left us so suddenly and unfairly 13 years ago,” he added.
Setev said although 13 years have passed since Altantuya’s brutal murder, her family had continued to harbour hope that justice will somehow be served.
He promised to speak more about the current situation once he is released from hospital.
“I will be issuing a more detailed statement about the matter in a few days.”
Authorities urged to investigate without fear or favour.
The statutory declaration (SD) by convicted killer Azilah Hadri implicating Najib Razak in the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu must be investigated and all those involved in the crime prosecuted, said Ramkarpal Singh.
The lawyer, who represents Altantuya’s family in their civil suit, said if the allegation proves true, action must be taken against the others involved even though the court has convicted Azilah and fellow commando Sirul Azhar Umar of the Mongolian model’s murder.
“In the said SD, Azilah claims to have been ordered by Najib, with the knowledge of Abdul Razak Baginda and senior police officer Musa Safri, to kill Altantuya and dispose of her remains.
“There is no limitation period in criminal cases and one can be prosecuted for an offence despite a long lapse of time, provided there is evidence to support such a prosecution,” he said in a statement.
Ramkarpal said Altantuya’s family will apply to the top court to hold a watching brief in Azilah’s application.
“The revelations by Azilah in his said SD are indeed shocking and Altantuya’s family will apply to the Federal Court to hold a watching brief in the said Federal Court review application.