Jun 21, 2007

Witness : "Razak Baginda Did Not Ask Me To Kill Altantuya"

Updates on Altantuya murder case:

  • Private investigator P. Balasubramaniam told the High Court here Thursday that throughout his service with Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda, the political analyst had never asked him to kill or injure Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu.

  • Abdul Razak Baginda told his private investigator he did not know what happened after Altantuya Shaariibuu was taken away from the front of his house in a car on Oct 19, the High Court heard today.

  • Balasubramaniam admitted he had told the lawyer he charged RM800 a day or RM7,000 for a 20-day package deal.

  • As reported by MalaysiaKini:
    The murder trial of slain Mongolian Altantuya Shaarriibuu took an interesting turn as the prosecution witness revealed today that political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda never ordered him to kill her.

    Private investigator P Balasubramaniam, 47, hired by Razak to keep Altantuya away from him was being cross examined by Razak’s counsel Wong Kian Kheong on the fourth day of the high-profile murder trial at the Shah Alam High Court.

    Wong: Has Razak ever asked you to hurt anybody?

    Balasubramaniam: (through a translator) No, he hasn’t.

    Wong: At any point in time and at any instance, has he asked you to do so?
    Balasubramaniam: No, he has never asked me to hurt anybody.

    Wong: Did he ask you to kill Altantuya?
    Balasubramaniam: No, he never did (ask me to kill Altantuya).

    Balasubramaniam also revealed that he was employed by Razak back in August last year when Wong asked him about it.

    Wong: Do you agree that the first time which you offered private investigative services to Razak was in August 2006?
    Balasubramaniam: Yes, I do.

    Wong: Was the assignment to guard Razak’s office (Bangunan Getah Asli in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur) for one week?

    Balasubramaniam: Yes, it was.

    Wong: Do you agree that both the assignments in August and October last year had the same primary objective that is to stop Altantuya from disturbing Razak?

    Balasubramaniam: Yes, I agree.

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