Altantuya’s Dad to Meet A-G Today, PM Tomorrow

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A bid to reopen the Altantuya murder case.

The father of murdered Mongolian translator and model Altantuya Shaariibuu will meet Attorney General Tommy Thomas today.

The family’s lawyer, Ramkarpal Singh, said Dr Setev Shaariibuu would meet Thomas at 3pm.

“Shaariibuu wants to discuss the possibility of the Government reopening the case (on Altantuya’s murder),” Ramkarpal said yesterday.

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“There is a new regime and there is a possibility they might consider reopening the case.”

Setev will be meeting with the Prime Minister at 5pm in Putrajaya on Wednesday (June 20).

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun had said last month that the police had not found any grounds to reopen investigations into the case.

In a press conference today, Setev asked why his daughter had not been deported to her home country.

“Why didn’t they just handcuff her and send her back? Why kill her?

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 “I want justice for my daughter,” he said.

He also denied receiving any funds from former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak.

“I’ve heard this kind of rumours that Najib already paid money to me but it’s not true,” he said.

He jested that the new federal government had seized Najib’s funds which should be going to him and his family.

Setev and his grandchildren are suing the government for compensation over the death of Altantuya.

Altantuya, 28, was killed between Oct 19 and 20, 2006, by Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar Umar who were part of an elite police commando unit that provided bodyguards for Malaysia’s top leaders.

She is believed to have been shot twice in the head before being wrapped in military-grade explosives and blown to pieces in a secondary forest near the Subang Dam in Puncak Alam, Shah Alam. The motive for the crime as well as the source of the order for her death remains unknown.

In 2009, Sirul and Azilah were convicted of murdering Altantuya and were sentenced to death.

The Court of Appeal overturned their sentences in 2013 but upon the prosecution’s appeal, were upheld by the Federal Court.

Sirul fled to Australia where he was detained by the Australian Immigration after Interpol issued a Red Notice on him.

He has been at the detention centre since 2015, where he is hoping to get asylum.

Azilah is awaiting the hearing on his plea for clemency.

Altantuya’s murder also attracted attention due to the involvement of Abdul Razak Baginda, who was once an aide to Najib.

Razak was charged alongside Sirul and Azilah, but he was acquitted without his defence being called. He had also confessed to having an affair with Altantuya.

The case has been linked to Malaysia’s purchase of two French submarines, a deal which is still under investigation in France for alleged kickbacks involving a company linked to Razak.

Last month, Setev pleaded with the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government to reopen investigations to uncover the identity of the person who ordered Altantuya’s murder.

In a letter to Ramkarpal, he said “a powerful person” must have sanctioned the crime.

Following PH’s electoral victory on May 9, Sirul said he was prepared to return to Malaysia and expose those he said were behind the murder.

However, in an interview with The Guardian, he rejected Ramkarpal’s suggestion that his death sentence be commuted to life imprisonment.

He also claimed that he was a scapegoat “in an elaborate political crime” and denied he had ever confessed to killing Altantuya.


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