Monday, July 02, 2007

Picture (link) & Video (Denial) Altantuya-Najib Razak; Murder Trial-Burmaa’s Photo Disclosure; In Ijok (Apr 21st 07) Najib Connection Denial

ABOVE: Under the cover of Darkness, the Dinner Picture was published H E R E and BELOW: when exposed under brighter Exposure using ACDSEE we can see the Halo around her face exposing it is a FAKE. Surprising they are NO halos aroud the other two faces. Now who is the missing one having dinner with them?

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Some seriously troubling questions in Malaysia

Kim Quek 03 July 2007, via Asia Sentinel
An unbelievable spectacle took place in the bizarre murder trial of Mongolian beauty Altantuya Shaaribuu on June 29. Karpal Singh, the lawyer for the victim's family, attempted to ask a question about a "government official" allegedly seen in a photograph with the victim. At that point, both the prosecutor and the defense lawyer sprang to their feet in unison to block the question. This resulted in a shouting match, with Singh on one side, the victim's cousin on the stand, and the combined forces of the prosecution and defense blocking the line of questioning.

Earlier, a similar division of forces occurred when a Mongolian witness – a girlfriend of the victim told the court that immigration entry computer records of the deceased and her two Mongolian companions, including the witness, had been mysteriously erased. When Singh asked the court to take proper note of this highly irregular event, both the prosecution and defense objected to the evidence as irrelevant, and insisted that it be expunged. Now, isn't that a strange phenomenon? A prosecutor is supposed to seek

justice for the deceased victim's family against the murderers, so how come the prosecutor is now ganging up with defense lawyers to oppose the victim's family lawyer? Is this a case of prosecutor vs. defense or a case of prosecutor plus defense vs. victim's family? Obviously, the prosecution and defense seem to have plenty of common interests. What are those common interests?
The answer may lie in the identity of that "government official" that allegedly appeared in the photograph with Altantuya that both prosecution and defense tried so hard not to allow into court.

The picture
On Day 10 of the trial, Altantuya's cousin Burmaa Oyunchimeg testified that after Altantuya returned from France, she went to Hong Kong to meet Burmaa, and showed her a photograph of Altantuya and her lover, Abdul Razak Baginda, who is accused of conspiring in her murder, and "a government official" taking a meal together. Answering Singh later, after the shouting match in the court had subsided, she said this "government official" was Deputy Prime

Minister Najib Tun Razak.

She could distinctly remember the name, she said, because it bears a similarity to Altantuya's acknowledged lover's name, and she even asked Altantuya whether they were brothers. Burmaa further added that the photo had also been shown to Altantuya's father. Now, the revelation of Najib in the photo would not have caused such a sensation if not for the deputy prime minister's oft-repeated denial of any knowledge of Altantuya, including a public denial during a recent by-election, when even the name of Allah was invoked. What does Najib have to say now that his denial is directly contradicted by the witness Burmaa? His press secretary Tengku Sarifuddin Tengku Ahmad issued a brief statement on June 30 saying that the deputy prime minister had declined to comment for two reasons. One, any comment might be sub judice, since the case is in court, and, two, Najib had already repeatedly denied an acquaintance with the girl in the past, "as such, the issue over the picture does not arise," the spokesman said.

Sub judice? That's ridiculous. How could a simple statement like "I have never had my photo taken with Altantuya" be sub judice? In fact, being the number-two leader in the government, Najib is absolutely duty-bound to say outright whether he was ever photographed with Altantuya, in view of the serious implications of Burmaa's allegation. The issue over the picture does not arise? Equally ridiculous. In fact, the opposite is true. Precisely because of Najib's past denials, it is all the more imperative that Najib must stand up now to clarify.

Guilty conscience?

There is only one explanation for Najib's past denials and his present silence: A guilty conscience. If Najib's conduct with respect to the case had been above-board, there would be no reason for him to deny an acquaintance with his friend Abdul Razak's friend Altantuya. Similarly, if the allegation of the picture is false, it is inconceivable and totally incomprehensible that Najib should have chosen not to refute Burmaa's allegation.

In fact, Najib seems so worried about the publicity of the picture that his secretary called editors in the local press and requested them not to blow up the issue. This resulted in the explosive story being absent from the local headlines the next day. (In one Chinese paper - Guang Ming - the Najib story hit the front page in the evening edition, but disappeared completely by the next morning). And of course, Anwar Ibrahim's criticism of the trial and his specific call on Najib to clarify the issue of the picture during a press conference was generally blacked out. However, despite such new suppression, irreversible damage is done. There islittle doubt that Najib is deeply troubled and his political position seriously weakened.

That this murder case has been subjected to serious political manipulation has been obvious from the very start, when the police commenced their highly uestionable investigation, right through to the present trial when the conduct of lawyers for both sides appear increasingly dubious. Instead of the prosecutor seeking the truth and the defense lawyer fighting for the accused, both seem preoccupied with an overriding mission - to prevent the whole truth from emerging. Their combined efforts to cover up the issue of the immigration record and the identity of Najib Razak in the picture are just two examples of such conduct. The highly irregular nature of this case was also marked by frequent and mysterious changes of legal personnel, resulting in a complete change-over

of the defense team, the prosecutors and the judge even before the hearings began. These weird phenomena were crowned by the shock appearance of a new team of prosecutors who were appointed only hours before the hearing was supposed to begin, thus necessitating an impromptu postponement of the trial for two weeks. None of these changes of legal personnel has been properly explained, except for the resignation of Abdul Razak's first lawyer; Zulkifli Noordin, quit, he said, because of "serious interference by third parties". Under these circumstances, the public must brace itself for more aberrant scenarios from this court, while Najib and his supporters may have to keep their fingers crossed in the days ahead when many more witnesses have yet to walk through what must appear to Najib as a minefield.

On a more serious note, this unseemly trial does not exactly add credit to Malaysia's system, whose already wretched image has just been further mauled by the shameful finale of another sham trial - that of Eric Chia of Perwaja Steel fame. After seven long years of investigations and three years of court hearings, that case was thrown out due to lack of prima facie evidence. With that, the long-drawn out Perwaja Steel saga ended without finding any culprit for the mountain of losses (more than RM 10 billion) suffered by taxpayers.

There has been a spate of criminal cases being dismissed of late due to inadequate investigations and poor prosecution, indicating that the downward slide of our criminal justice system, which began in the Mahathir era, has gotten worse under Abdullah Badawi's leadership. With the criminal justice system in a shambles, the rule of law is in jeopardy. And that is an important benchmark to judge the efficacy of Abdullah's administration vis-à-vis his reform agenda.

Kim Quek is a Malaysia-based commentator.

Ronnie Liu (DAP) quoting Malaysiakini (Najib seen with Altantuya; Soon Li Tsin)

Jun 29, 07 11:34am

Altantuya case: DPM Najib seen with Altantuya

Najib was seen having a meal together with Altantuya in a photograph according to Mongolian witness Amy ( Burmaa Oyunchimeg). What did he say during the Ijok by-election? (watch the Video clip denial) Didn’t he say that he has never met her? We are very proud of Karpal Singh because for his timely intervention. If not for him, we will be still in the dark about the rendezvous btween Najib and Altantuya. At the same time , we were very upset with Manoj and Tun Majid who deliberately avoided the probing. Both must be punished for this act.Najib must now explain what sort of relationship he has with Altantuya(a.k.s Amina). Both Shariibuu family and Malaysians have a right to know.
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Malaysia's Najib silent over claimed photograph with slain woman
Sunday July 1, 11:38 AM

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysia's deputy prime minister Najib Razak will not
comment on a claim by a witness in court that she saw a photograph of him
with a murdered Mongolian woman, a report said. Najib is close to Abdul Razak Baginda, 47, a political analyst charged with abetting the murder in October last year of Altantuya Shaariibuu, 28. The deputy prime minister has vehemently denied any involvement in the case, which is seen by observers as a test of Malaysia's judicial and political integrity. "Since the trial is in progress and any statement might be sub judice to the case, it is not appropriate for the deputy prime minister to comment on the
matter," Tengku Sarifuddin Ahmad, Najib's press secretary said. The remarks come after Burmaa Oyunchimeg, 26, the victim's cousin, testified Friday that she had seen a picture of Altantuya having a meal with Abdul Razak and a "Malaysian government official" as well as others. Burmaa did not identify the official as the deputy prime minister but said Altantuya told her his name was "Najib Razak." Sarifuddin said that the deputy prime minister maintains that he never met or knew Altantuya, 28.

"I wish to make it clear that the deputy prime minister had on several occasions when interviewed by the media previously... (said) that he had never met and known the victim (Altantuya) and was not involved in the case. As such, the issue over the picture does not arise," he said in a statement to the official Bernama news agency late Saturday. Sarifuddin said the clarification was needed because the court testimony could affect public opinion on Najib. "This brief clarification was made because media reports on Friday's proceedings of the court case have given rise to various views and statements by certain parties that could affect public opinion on the deputy prime minister," Sarifuddin said.

Prosecutors say Abdul Razak planned Altantuya's killing and ordered two police officers -- members of a special unit charged with protecting the country's leaders -- to carry it out. All three face the death penalty if found guilty. Prosecutors say Altantuya was killed by "probable blast-related" injuries in a clearing in Shah Alam district, southwest of Kuala Lumpur, after she was driven away from outside Abdul Razak's house in mid-October
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Najib and Altantuya: A Picture Connects Them
Mat Salleh 01 July 2007; FROM Asia Sentinel

Testimony in a Malaysian courtroom links the deputy prime minister to a lurid murder case. 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. Although he has never been questioned or asked to testify in the murder trial, Najib appears to be linked to nearly everyone involved in the case -the two policemen accused of murdering her, and political analyst Abdul Razak, and now Altantuya herself.

The two policemen charged with carrying out the killing are part of an elite force close to Najib's office. A third suspect, who may be a Najib family bodyguard, has been left out of the case, while the slain woman's father has repeatedly said his daughter was privy to details of official corruption .Abdul Razak's lover, the Russian-educated Altantuya, who spoke Russian, Chinese, Japanese and English, was 28 years old when she was killed on October 19 last year. Her body was abandoned in a patch of jungle near the suburban town of Shah Alam and blown apart with hand grenades, according to police. The prosecutor, Tun Abdul Majib, said evidence would be introduced to show that the deceased's cause of death was "probable blast-related injuries." Other reports said she had been shot twice in the head before being dumped.
Thursday, Burmaa Oyunchimeg read a hand-written letter in court that is believed to have been Altantuya's final note, saying she was afraid Abdul Razak was trying to kill her. Writing in broken English, she said that Abdiul Razak "is powerfull person, he have money, he have connection in police, in government. He trying to scare me, trying to kill me." At the time of Altantuya's death, Abdul Razak was head of the Malaysian Strategic Research Center and a close advisor to Najib. He was arrested as a suspect in the murder, along with Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri and Constable Sirul Azhar Umar.

The two have usually been identified in local newspapers as members of an elite police unit, the Bukit Aman Special Action Force, under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Internal Security, which is headed by the Prime Minister, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. In fact, however, Azilah was head of Najib's personal security team. In an affidavit filed in December in his defense, Abdul Razak said he had contacted Azilah through Musa Safri, Najib's aide-de-camp, to ask for help in dealing with Altantuya, who by that time was demanding money to care for a baby she said Abdul Razak had fathered. Another mysterious figure in the case was a woman constable who was mentioned in earlier news reports as "helping police in the investigation into the murder." She was named for the first time Friday as Lance Corporal Rohaniza Roslan, 29, who said she was off duty the night of Altantuya's disappearance and was keeping Azila company at the police headquarters in Bukit Aman when the call came in to go to Abdul Razak's home. News reports Said the woman helped to put Altantuya into the red Proton Saga car that drove her away for the last time. The rumor mill has it that the policewoman is a bodyguard for Najib's wife, Rosmah Mansor.

The private investigator hired by Razak, P. Balasubramaniam, testified that that a man and a woman were with Azilah when Azilah drove Altantuya away. However, he said he could not recognize the two other individuals. Najib has been asked at press conferences repeatedly about allegations of his involvement in the crime, which also has been the subject of vocal charges by Anwar Ibrahim, the former Deputy Prime Minister and current leader of the opposition reform party, Keadilan Rakyat Malaysia (People's Justice Party). Najib has just as repeatedly denied any involvement. Other questions have arisen over the politically touchy trial. The case was brought forward by nearly a year, from an original date of April 2008, leading to conjecture that authorities wanted to get it out of the way before elections, which are expected to be called sometime next year.
Also, the prosecution team was abruptly changed the night before the trial was to begin, leading new prosecutors to plead for more time to get their case together. Officials said the prosecution team was changed because the original prosecutor was seen playing badminton with the judge although critics have repeatedly said virtually every lawyer in Kuala Lumpur plays badminton with virtually every judge.

In Malaysia, the trial is regarded as yet another test of the country's judicial system and is being closely watched for signs of political influence. (Reformers were jolted this week, meanwhile. when Eric Chia, a longtime crony of former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, was freed on embezzlement charges.) Abdul Razak, who is married and has a teenage daughter, acknowledged in his affidavit that he had met Altantuya at a gala party in Hong Kong in 2004 and began a whirlwind affair that included trips to Europe, expensive gifts and cash payments of US$10,000 at a time. The two became so close, according to testimony by Ang Chong Beng, a private investigator hired by the dead woman, that Altantuya said she had married Abdul Razak in Hong Kong.
But Abdul Razak reportedly tired of the slender, multi-lingual beauty in 2005, although he continued to give her money. The payments stopped in 2006, prompting the woman to travel to Malaysia at least twice to demand US$500,000 from him. Ang, who began testifying Monday, said he was hired by Altantuya last September to find out whether Abdul Razak was still in the country.
Ang said Altantuya had told him, "If Razak does not pay her, she would reveal everything (about her relationship with Razak) to his wife, his daughter Rowena, TV3, reporters and to the rest of the world." Altantuya visited Abdul Razak's office several times in the company of two Mongolian friends in an effort to force the political analyst to pay up. Contradicting earlier testimony that Abdul Razak had never mentioned harming Altantuya, one of the murdered woman's friends testified that they were repeatedly threatened with death. Uuriintuya Gal-Ochir said neither she nor Altantuya lodged a police report because they were afraid of Abdul Razak's connections to police officers. A private investigator hired by Abdul Razak, P. Balasubramaniam and his assistant, K. Suras Kumar, harassed them six or seven times after their arrival in Malaysia on Oct 8 last year, the woman said. Suras, she said, had threatened to throw her, Altantuya and another friend, Namiraa Gerelma, out of a hotel room window.

In previous testimony, Balasubramaniam said Suras had had an affair with one of the women and had been fired. Uuriintuya, however, said the three were so frightened that they remained standing in their hotel room when Suras was let in by Altantuya. In another development, Uuriintuya testified that she remained in Malaysia after the murder, although Namiraa returned home to Mongolia. When Uuriintuya attempted to leave later, she said her entry had been expunged from Malaysian immigration computers. Uuriintuya testified that Namiraa returned home without a problem, but when she tried to leave with Altantuya's father on Nov 24 ­ more than a month after the murder ­ there was no record of their entering the country.
"Our entry was deleted in the immigration computer," she testified. The woman banged the witness stand and added: "There is no record of me coming to Malaysia through Beijing. Why?"

Altantuya's father, Stev Shariibuu, a Mongolian academician, has held numerous press conferences in Kuala Lumpur, repeatedly denying that his daughter was a part-time model, as she had been portrayed in the press, but instead was an accomplished translator who had accompanied Abdul Razak on several business trips. He claimed to reporters that she was killed because she "knew too much" about deals involving Abdul Razak, particularly one involving the purchase of submarines for the Malaysian government through a company in which Abdul Razak holds a significant interest. The 2002 purchase is reported to have netted Abdul Razak a healthy commission from the Malaysian government. That has been denied by Malaysian government officials. Court testimony over the two weeks has portrayed Altantuya as a woman carrying on a loud and angry public campaign against the lover who had jilted her. At one point, Balasubramaniam testified, Razak Baginda was so frightened of her that he hired him to keep her away and to protect his daughter as she went to and from school.

Balasubramaniam testified that Altantuya showed up at Abdul Razak's home, screaming "Razak, bastard! You come out. I want to speak to you." An obviously rattled Abdul Razak sent scores of telephone calls and text messages to Balasubramaniam that night, pleading for help. Shortly after that, according to testimony, the police officials appeared and put Altantuya into the back of the car. She was never seen alive again. But was it a simple case of jealous scorn? Najib might be able to shed some light on the matter. But it seems the court has no stomach for calling him to the stand.

= = = =Watch Najib's Denial (26 s at end of 1min 48 s Clip) at Ijok (Apr 21 2007), Details H E R E

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Blogger susanloone said...

i think you are doing such a swell job with all these pics and write ups about the altantuya's case.

11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well obviously,without a doubt. its clearly dat we all malaysian knows dat our very own DPM is the main culprit behind all this. and to Razak Baginda, stop being his puppet, for once in yr life, admit the whose the real cuprit to the whole world

4:20 PM  

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