Malaysia

Cecil Abraham did PI Bala’s second SD, says Americk

By Boo Su-Lyn
March 16, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 – Senior lawyer Tan Sri Cecil Abraham had drafted the late private investigator P. Balasubramaniam’s second statutory declaration (SD) on the 2006 murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu, lawyer Americk Singh Sidhu said today.

Americk, who had acted as Balasubramaniam’s lawyer, also said that the motion on Balasubramaniam’s second SD at the Malaysian Bar’s 67th annual general meeting (AGM) today was withdrawn, as the proposers were satisfied with what the Bar Council was doing on the matter.

“Tan Sri Cecil Abraham admitted to me that he was the one who drafted the second statutory declaration,” Americk told reporters at the sidelines of the Malaysian Bar’s AGM here today, adding he was told the directive was given by Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who was then the deputy prime minister.

“I’m not interested in lodging a complaint with the advocates and solicitors’ disciplinary board. That was not my agenda. My agenda is just to find out who instructed him to do it,” he added.

Balasubramaniam (picture) or “PI Bala” accused several top federal government personalities of being involved in Altantuya’s death in his first SD in 2008, two years after the brutal killing.

But he retracted the SD the following day and signed a new one omitting the names of these personalities.

Bala died of a heart attack yesterday, weeks after returning home from self-exile.

Two former elite police commandos have been convicted for Altantuya’s murder and are facing death sentences.

The Court of Appeal will hear their appeal in June.

Former corporal Sirul Azhar Umar and former chief inspector Azilah Hadri were convicted and sentenced to death by the Shah Alam High Court in 2009 for killing Altantuya, 28, in Shah Alam in 2006.

Americk said today that Sirul and Azilah were acting under orders as there was "no reason at all for them to murder someone they never knew."

"Look at Sirul's 112 statement. He categorically says they were offered RM50,000 to RM100,000 to get rid of this woman," said the lawyer.

Former political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, who was charged with abetting them, was acquitted in 2008.

Malaysian Bar president Christopher Leong said later today that the Bar Council would lodge a complaint with the Advocates and Solicitors Disciplinary Board against Abraham next week.

Leong also said that the Bar Council would request Americk and carpet dealer Deepak Jaikishan to provide formal statements immediately.

Deepak has admitted that he helped to get Balasubramaniam to repudiate his first SD, including finding two lawyers to draft the new statement.