Cousin Insists Altantuya Worked as Translator for Submarine Deal

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Like another cousin, claims to have seen photo of Altantuya, Razak Baginda and ‘Najib’.

Altantuya Shaariibuu’s cousin told the Shah Alam High Court today that the slain Mongolian had been hired by Abdul Razak Baginda for translation services in Malaysia’s purchase of two military submarines.

Namiraa Gerelmaa, 35, testified that Altantuya had been engaged as a Russian-to-English translator for Razak Baginda.

“She said she was in a relationship with Razak Baginda and she wanted to meet him. She also told me that she had done some translation work for him and wanted to collect (payment) from him

“She told me that the Malaysian side, in her own words, was going to purchase submarines from the Russians and the meeting was held in France.

“She said that Razak Baginda wanted to translate English to Russian and vice versa for that meeting. She told there was an agreement,” she said.

Naamira, along with their friend identified as Urintuya Gal-Ochir, had accompanied Altantuya during her last trip to Kuala Lumpur in October 2006.

She also said she was shown a photo of Altantuya with Razak Baginda and a second man allegedly identified as “Najib” by Altantuya during that trip to Kuala Lumpur.

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“I don’t remember the full name. I remember she said he was a full minister. Altantuya took this picture out of her handbag and she put it back into her handbag,” Namiraa said.

Namiraa, a mother of four residing in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, did not produce the photo in court today.

Another cousin of Altantuya’s, Burmaa Oyunchimeg testified last week that she was shown a photo in Mongolia by Altantuya, where Altantuya posed with Razak and another senior politician who also went by the name “Razak”.

Today, Namira echoed Burmaa’s denial that another widely circulated photo of two men and another woman was the photo shown to them.

Namiraa was the third witness in the RM100 million civil suit filed by Altantuya’s family members against Razak Baginda, the Malaysian government, and two others convicted of her murder.


Earlier reports:

Jan 28, Altantuya’s Father: We All Died with Her

Jan 25, Testimony of Altantuya’s Father

Jan 24, Hanipa: Najib or Altantuya’s Cousin, Who Lied?

Jan 23, Najib: Lies, Never Met Her, Responding to Claims of He in Photo with Altantuya