Dec 12, 2006

Mongolian NGOs express concern over trial

(MalaysiaKini) A group of 45 Mongolian non-governmental organisations have made several demands to the Malaysian government pertaining to the Altantunya Shaariibuu murder case.

The 28-year-old freelance model from Mongolia was shot dead and blown up with explosives at the Subang Dam in Puncak Alam in Shah Alam.

The case, which made headlines last month, saw prominent political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda being charged with two police personnel from the elite unit.

Abdul Razak, who was charged with abetment, was later released on bail due to health reasons, a move questioned by certain quarters.

In a statement, the Mongolian organisations said: “This atrocious crime can not be justified or pardoned under any circumstances.”

They also condemned the attempts that have been made to blame the victim as contrary to the basic norms of justice and humanity.

“We demand that the court trial to commence on Dec 14 proceed in an honest and impartial manner and stand firmly for truth and justice, and we shall carefully observe the court process on this date,” they added.

Provide compensation

If it is established that the murder was committed by the elite police personnel, they said “the Malaysian government must assume full responsibility for the payment of compensation for all material and nonmaterial damage incurred by the crime.”

“As the brutal murder of the Mongolian citizen took place in your country's territory and was committed by your country's citizens, orphaning two young children, we demand that the Malaysian government provide compensation for the loss of the breadwinner to the victim's children, including support for the eldest son until he reaches adulthood and support for living and medical treatment costs for the youngest son for the duration of his lifetime, in compliance with the United Nations Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power,” they added.

Apart from this, they said developments in Malaysia to date “have made us concerned that the real criminals who ordered the crime may escape justice while the physical performers of the crime become scapegoats.”

Among the organisations which endorsed the statement were the Mongolian Women NGOs National Network, Mongolian Volunteer Organisations' network, National Center Against Violence, Women writers' Tsagtsai association, Princess centre, Mongolian Democratic Socialist Association and the Mongolian Leadership foundation

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