03 July, 2007

A Picture Can Say A Thousand Words !

Months of conjecture in Malaysia about the relationship of Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to Altantuya Shaariibuu have been heightened by testimony Friday of Altantuya’s cousin, Burmaa Oyunchimeg, that she had seen a photo of Najib having dinner with the Mongolian beauty and Abdul Razak Baginda, who is accused of arranging for her murder.

Najib has repeatedly denied any knowledge of Altantuya. A spokesman said Saturday that he won’t answer any questions concerning her because he has never met her. Nonetheless, opposition leaders Anwar Ibraham of Parti Keadilan and Lim Guan Eng of the Democratic Action Party both pounced on Burmaa’s testimony, demanding he explain the photo, which the woman said she had seen but did not produce... from Asia Sentinel here.

Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, a powerful and seemingly crucial witness, is nowhere near the courtroom as a sensational murder trial unfolds in Malaysia

After nearly two weeks of sensational testimony, a Malaysian court has yet to hear from the powerful man who appears to be linked to almost everyone in the case of the murdered Mongolian beauty Altantuya Shaariibuu.

With well-connected political-analyst Abdul Razak Baginda on trial for his life in the slaying of his jilted girlfriend, petite, jet-setting part-time translator Altantuya, the court has heard enough lurid tales of love gone wrong to keep tabloid editors busy for weeks. But something is missing.

One major figure who appears to be integrally involved with all of the case’s participants has never been questioned or asked to testify as a witness in the case:­ Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.....more

THE photograph allegedly showing Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak with Mongolian interpreter Altantuya Shaariibuu has been talked about in Internet chatrooms and other circles long before it came up in court last week.

Yet, no one seems to have seen the picture or even know for sure that it exists.

Datuk Seri Najib's office maintains there is no such photo, according to a statement issued by his press secretary last Saturday.

Last Friday, Ms Altantuya's cousin, Ms Burmaa Oyunchimeg, caused a ruckus when she revealed in court that she had seen the photo.

It allegedly showed Ms Altantuya, her then lover Abdul Razak Baginda, a Malaysian government official named 'Najib Razak' and a few others sharing a meal.

Meanwhile, L/Cpl Rohaniza Roslan told the murder trial of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu that she was confined, threatened and tortured by police before recording her cautioned statement in the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman.

Rohaniza, 29, the girlfriend of Chief Insp Azilah Hadri, the first accused in the widely-followed murder trial, said this when asked by the court to clarify on the five material contradictions in her testimony during examination-in-chief today from her cautioned statement given to police last Nov 16.

Rohaniza, the seventh prosecution witness, said her cautioned statement to the police was not true as it was made under duress.

She also claimed the police had recorded her statement on matters which she did not mention.

Earlier, Rohaniza testified that one week before the trial began she received a phone call from a mysterious caller threatening to shoot her if she becomes a witness in the trial.

Rohaniza said the threat came from a Malay man on June 11. However, she could not recognise the caller's voice and his telephone number registered on the screen of her handphone.

The caller said don't be a witness or you’ll be shot said Rohaniza, reports Bernama today.

Following the life-threatening call and worried over her safety, Rohaniza said she lodged a police report on the same day.

Malaysiakini reported that there are 5 areas where Rohaniza changed her story in the Altantuya murder trial.

The Altantuya murder trial might just open a Pandora’s box. The evidence by Ms Burmaa last Friday confirmed Najib is connected one way or another to the victim.

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Anonymous J.T. said...

And this has a potential for a deeper conspiracy. Tom Clancy should be at our courts to take notes for his next thriller. :)

If there is nothing to hide, why did L/Cpl Rohaniza Roslan get threatened. The more they try to cover up and deny stuff, the more people are going to suspect that this case goes deeper.

July 05, 2007 4:26 AM  

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