Altantuya’s father says her death linked to Scorpene case
PETALING JAYA, April 10 — Dr Setev Shaariibuu has offered himself as a witness in an on-going Scorpene submarine sale probe by French authorities, claiming his daughter’s death is linked to the case.
The father of murdered Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu said today his testimony would be able to “connect the dots” between her death and the Scorpene case, which will be heard in a French court.
“He (Shaariibuu) knows that there is a connection with the French case and the murder case, and would like to help connect the dots.
“If he testifies in court, he says he will give detailed information,” Mongolian interpreter Tsoggerel Och said, translating what Shaariibuu had told him.
Shaaribuu, who was present, was also accompanied by Suaram director Cynthia Gabriel.
“We know the investigation in France is not about the murder, but it is fundamentally linked to the issue of corruption and the scandal of illegal commissions dogging current Prime Minister (Datuk Seri) Najib (Razak) and his counterparts in France,” said Gabriel.
She said Suaram will be compiling a list of potential witnesses to be given to the French courts, and that Shaariibuu would be one of the potential witnesses on the list.
“The trial in France will be heard at the Tribunal de Grande Instance, a first-degree court that deals with civil litigation matters. Judges designated to hear the case include Judge Roger Le Loire and Judge Serge Tournaire.
“Mr Shaariibuu hopes French investigations can zero in on the motives behind the brutal killing of his daughter, and (that) the criminals behind this crime be exposed and punished,” said the Suaram director.
Altantuya’s one-time lover Abdul Razak Baginda, who was said to be a close associate of Najib, was acquitted of a charge of abetting two Special Action Squad members — Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar Umar — to commit the murder in 2006.
The murder was committed between 10pm on October 19, 2006, and 1am the following day at a clearing in Shah Alam’s Mukim Bukit Raja.
While Abdul Razak was acquitted, his co-accused Azilah and Sirul were found guilty and sentenced to death.Setev has also filed a RM100 million civil suit against the government and the convicted duo in June 2007, seeking compensation for the hardships his spouse and two grandchildren have suffered because of Altantuya’s death.