The Attorney General’s Chambers has indicated it will reopen the murder case of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu, her father’s lawyer said today.
Revelations by Altantuya’s father:
- His life has been ruined as if destroyed by a tsunami
- Previous government did everything to prevent the truth from emerging
- Altantuya’s younger son still thinks his mum is alive
- He is not concerned about Sirul, who was convicted of murdering his daughter, but wants to know who ordered the killing
Ramkarpal Singh, who is representing Altantuya’s father, Setev Shaariibuu, told a press conference today the meeting between Shaariibuu’s legal team and Attorney-General (A-G) Tommy Thomas was a “fruitful one”.
“We are optimistic that the issue of motive and only motive as to who ordered the murder will proceed and will be investigated further so that those responsible for the same will be brought to justice,” said Ramkarpal.
Setev arrived to meet with the A-G at around 2.30pm, accompanied by lawyers Sangeeth Kaur and Ramkarpal Singh, who is also the Bukit Gelugor MP.
After 12 years of perseverance, Setev says he hopes to seek justice and closure over the death of Altantuya.
“I have suffered a lot for the past 12 years. My life has been ruined as if it’s just been destroyed by a tsunami,” he said through a translator at a press conference on Tuesday (June 19).
He said that he did not receive justice previously and claimed that the previous government did everything to prevent the truth from emerging.
Setev is now taking care of his daughter’s two sons.
Altanshagai Munkhtulga was just four-years-old when his mother was murdered.
Now 12 years later, Altanshagai, who is disabled and unable to walk after an illness in his infancy, is still in the dark over his mother’s death.
Setev has spent the last 12 years telling his grandson that she is still alive.
“For the last 12 years, I have been buying candies for him, saying its from her,” Setev said.
Altanshagai’s older brother Mungunshagai Bayarjargal, 21, however, does know about the brutal murder.
Setev described Mungunshagai as a sombre individual at home.
“He is very silent at home. He doesn’t talk much. He’ll leave home early and come back late,” Setev said.
The elder of Altantuya’s two sons, however, has taken an interest in film-making, and Setev said that he makes movies and writes scripts to help support the family.
Altantuya, 28, was shot dead and her body blown up with military-grade plastic explosives outside Kuala Lumpur in October 2006.
Setev said she should instead be at home living a happy life with her children.
On ex-police commando Sirul Azhar Umar, the man convicted of killing Altantuya and who is currently held at an immigration detention centre in Sydney after he absconded to Australia, Setev said he is not concerned about the killer.
“I don’t want to talk about Sirul, or about the death penalty [he faces],” he said.
“The most important thing is who ordered for this murder… Not Sirul.”
Ramkarpal echoed Shaariibuu’s thought, saying Sirul is not deemed important to reopen the murder investigation and expressed his confidence that the mastermind will be revealed soon.
The lawyer has urged for a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to identify the mastermind.
“This can lead to a subsequent charge if those assailants or culprits are found in the RCI proceedings,” he was quoted as saying.
He added that there are new leads pertaining to the case.
“We have new leads… I mean there are avenues, evidence to be taken into consideration to further investigations,” Ramkarpal said.
However, he declined to divulge further on what kind of leads these were but said they are both fresh and old leads.
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