Jan 10, 2007

Mongolian case - was Najib quizzed? - Anwar

So why are we asking these questions? Shouldn't the police providing the answers?

(MalaysiaKini) Was Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak questioned over the gruesome murder of 28-year-old Mongolian beauty Altantunya Sharriibuu?

This question was posed by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) adviser and former deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim.

Speaking at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today, he said Najib should be quizzed by the police due to the existence of connecting factors.

He said investigations into the murder had raised more questions than answers.

He was referring to the two Special Operations Force (UTK) officers - Chief Insp Azilah Hadri, 30, and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 35, charged in connection with the case.

According to Anwar, UTK officers were assigned to the deputy premier’s office.

“In my personal experience, the UTK are there to protect the DPM and they work under our instructions. He (Najib) should at least be asked how is it a person assigned to you, to protect you and work under your instructions, can (allegedly) commit such a heinous crime.

“He needs to cooperate with the investigations [...] and must be questioned. We are not inferring that he is in the know or gave the instructions,” he added.

Also charged in abetting the murder is renowned political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, who heads a think-tank linked to Najib.

All three suspects face the death sentence if found guilty.

Submarine deal

Meanwhile, Anwar also raised the issue of the government’s purchase of two Scorpene submarines and an Agosta submarine from France in a deal costing nearly RM4.6 billion.

Last December, the Defence Ministry denied having paid a Malaysian-owned company US$100 million (RM370 million) as a commission for a multi-billion ringgit deal involving submarines.

The company, Perimekar, is owned by Ombak Laut which is co-owned by Abdul Razak.

“I don’t want to make guesses. Najib must be questioned because both cases involve him as DPM.

“He must be questioned on both counts whether is it true Altantuya was only known to Razak Baginda and not to him, and does he only know about the murder after the report of the disappearance of this girl,” he said.

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