The father of Altantuya Shaariibuu told the Shah Alam High Court today that his daughter had travelled to Kuala Lumpur in October 2006 to meet an individual identified as ‘Razak’.
“I don’t know if it was Abdul Razak Baginda or Najib Razak,” Shaariibuu Setev said when examined by counsel Ramkarpal Singh.
He added that he did not know what ‘Razak’ looked like.
Shaariibuu, a retired professor from the Mongolian National University, said Altantuya met him at his home a few days before she left for Kuala Lumpur.
Detailing their last meeting together, Shaariibuu Setev told the Shah Alam High Court today that he had asked murdered Mongolian model-turned-interpreter Altantuya why she was going to Malaysia so often, and if it was because of someone.
Shaariibuu said when Altantuya went to the bathroom, her phone rang prompting him to open her handbag which was in front of him.
Inside he discovered a photo of her with two men.
After she returned from the washroom, he asked who the men were.
“She informed me that these were the people she was going to meet in Malaysia,” Shaariibuu said.
Previously, Altantuya’s cousin Burmaa Oyunchimeg testified that she had seen many photos of the slain Mongolian with Razak Baginda in Paris.
Burmaa also claimed to have seen a photo of Altantuya, Razak Baginda, and Najib from the same Paris trip.
The defence has questioned whether the photo with Najib actually exists. Burmaa insists that it is real.
However, the photo’s whereabouts are unknown.
A lookalike photo submitted as evidence by the plaintiff’s lawyers had been dismissed by Burmaa as “the worst photoshop job” she had ever seen.
However, she said two men pictured in the photoshopped image, Najib and Razak Baginda, were the same men she saw in the real photo.
Under questioning from his lawyer Ramkarpal Singh, Shaariibuu, 69, said he did not know how ‘Razak’ looked like at that time.
“All that she told me was Razak. I do not know which Razak, Abdul Razak Baginda or Najib Razak,” he said
Shaariibuu said he was aware of his daughter’s frequent visit to Malaysia and had asked Altantuya if she had any reason to visit Malaysia so often.
“She told me she was in a relationship with a ‘big’ man in Malaysia and his name was (Razak) Baginda,” Shaariibuu said.
He also said his daughter wanted to meet with Razak Baginda in Malaysia over her son’s health.
“She said the trip was important to her because she wanted to arrange treatment for her son,” he said.
He added that revealed she was going to Kuala Lumpur to get money to pay for medical treatment for her handicapped son.
Altantuya’s youngest son, Altanshagai Munkhtulga, was born with cerebral palsy and was disabled from a young age.
He died at the age of 15 in 2017.
Altantuya’s cousin Burmaa Oyunchimeg previously claimed Razak Baginda had told her that he “knew about her disabled son and really wanted to help her financially”.
However, Burmaa testified on Wednesday that Altantuya had gone to Malaysia in Oct 2006 to seek payment from Razak Baginda for unpaid translation work.
Previously in her 2007 murder trial, it was revealed that Altantuya had sought US$500,000 from Razak Baginda while causing a commotion outside his house.
Meanwhile, in his testimony, Shaariibuu said after Altantuya left for Malaysia, he had found several items which Razak Baginda had given her.
These included a flight ticket dated March 23, 2005 purchased by Razak Baginda, and a March 4, 2005 receipt for RM11,300 in jewellery supposedly bought by the same man from a famous Malaysian jeweller.
He also found a March 2, 2006 letter signed by Altantuya acknowledging that she had received US$18,000 transferred from Razak Baginda.
Altantuya’s family filed the civil suit in 2007, a year after her death.
The family alleges that there was a conspiracy in her murder, and is seeking RM100 million in damages, including dependency claims.
The hearing resumes on Monday with continued testimony from Shaariibuu before justice Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera.