PETALING JAYA, April 10 — Murdered Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu came to work in Malaysia to specifically meet Datuk Seri Najib Razak, her father has alleged.
Dr Setev Shaariibuu said today that when he asked his daughter a few years back the purpose of her trip to Malaysia, she said she had to “meet important people.”
“I asked her what was her purpose of travelling to Malaysia. She showed me a picture... taken in Paris. Three people were in it — Abdul Razak Baginda, Najib, and Altantuya.
“She said ‘I have to meet important people’, and pointed to Najib,” he told reporters, through Mongolian interpreter Tsoggerel Och.
Shaariibuu (picture) said he did not know who Najib was when he saw the photograph several years back.
“She told me she had something to decide with Najib. I told her it was not worth it but she went anyway.
“A lot of witnesses have seen this picture,” said a visibly-tired looking Shaariibuu.
The father of the murdered Mongolian woman has offered himself as a witness to the on-going Scorpene submarine sale probe by French authorities, claiming his daughter’s death was linked to the case.
Shaariibuu said today his testimony would be able to “connect the dots” between her death and the Scorpene case, and that he will say “what he knows at the right time.”
“She went to Malaysia against my will,” he said softly.
Altantuya’s one-time lover Abdul Razak, who was 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.