03 June, 2007

All eyes on Razak now

With the trial set to begin Monday, Malaysians hope a basic but still elusive question will be answered: who was behind the murder in October of Altantuya Shaariibuu, 28, and why?

1,000 “angry” Mongolian mothers signed a letter addressed to Malaysians on 31 May 2007 via Susan's blog :"Altantuya: 1,000 ‘angry’ Mongolian Mothers"

Images courtesy of Susan Loone

The New Straits Times carries a story today "NewsFocus: All eyes on Razak" :

One of the biggest and most talked about trials in recent years starts tomorrow and tongues will most definitely wag from start to finish. And, beyond.

All eyes will be on High Court 3 in Shah Alam where the murder trial of Altantuya Shaariibuu begins in a quest to determine the culprit and motive behind the death of the Mongolian beauty.

This is because of the gruesome manner in which Altantuya was killed and the "big" names allegedly involved.

One of these "big" names is 46-year-old political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, charged with abetting Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, who were both charged with with Altantuya’s murder.

It will be an emotional return to Malaysia for Shaariibuu Setev.

The father of murdered model Altantuya will no doubt be pained by the memories which will be rekindled by the highly-charged murder trial which begins tomorrow.

It will be made especially so as Shaaribuu is one of four witnesses from Mongolia set to testify in the course of the trial.

The others are Altantuya’s cousins, who accompanied her on her fateful trip to Malaysia.

Two of them have been identified as Nirmaa Gerelmaa @ Amy and Ochir.

All four were subpoenaed by the police to testify in the trial. As such, their expenses are being borne by the Malaysian government and they will be put up at a hotel near the Shah Alam High Court for a month.

The trial is perhaps the most high-profile case in Malaysia since Anwar Ibrahim, the former deputy prime minister, was charged with sodomy and corruption almost a decade ago, and was beaten by the chief of police while in detention.

Like the Anwar trial, the inquiry into Shaariibuu's murder has raised questions about the transparency and thoroughness of this country's judicial system and about the practices of the Malaysian police. One of the bodyguards charged with murdering Shaariibuu bragged that he had killed "between 6 and 10 people," according to an affidavit submitted in a pre-trial hearing.

More than anyone in Malaysia, Anwar has publicly urged a broader investigation into the purchase of the French submarines, allegations of kickbacks in that deal and the role that Shaariibuu may have played.

"The issue is who gave the instructions?" Anwar said in an interview this year. "If the instructions to the commandos were to finish off this girl and any traces because she was a threat to national security, what then is the status of the murder?"

Najib has said little about the trial, except that he never met Shaariibuu and that he wants to let the investigation and trial take their course....read more here

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Blogger zewt said...

linken...it's all cool... i wasnt really saying you plagiarising... was just highlighting it for kicks... i am very sure you weren't and it's cool.

June 03, 2007 6:05 PM  
Blogger Linken Lim said...

Hello, Zewt,

Thanks, no big deal.
I just read the same comment that you posted @ Narrowband.
Kind of you to post twice, appreciate your initiative.
I am honored to have you frequent my blog.
Cheers, be happy.

June 03, 2007 10:10 PM  
Anonymous Loony Toon said...

1,000 singature of mongolian mothers? The signatures does not numbers 1,000 to me.

Anything coming from drama queen must be taken with many pinches of salt.

June 05, 2007 8:30 PM  

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