Tan Sri Musa Hassan said he had told Najib, who was deputy prime minister at the time, that the police planned to arrest his former aide over the Mongolian’s disappearance during a briefing at the behest of the then Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
“When I met him, I told him I wanted to arrest Razak Baginda over his involvement in the missing person’s case,” Musa said of the meeting.
“And the DPM at the time said to me ‘do your job.’ So he asked me to catch him,” he added at a news conference here.
He insisted however, that Najib was not involved in the brutal murder of Altantuya.
“The police investigation also didn’t show there was any involvement of Datuk Seri Najib himself in this case. There is no evidence to show that Datuk Seri Najib was involved,” he said.
steadyaku47 comment : After I read about the ex IGP insistence that Najib was not involved with the murder of Altantuya this piece from Haris Ibrahim makes you question the ex IGP's spin.
Najib told me to do my job and arrest Razak Baginda, says former top cop
Former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan today revealed that Datuk Seri Najib Razak had encouraged him to do his job and arrest the suspect for the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu, that is Abdul Razak Baginda. Musa said that he had first informed the-then prime minister Tun Abdullah Badawi about the case, but was told to inform Najib, who was his deputy, as Razak was the latter's adviser.
"After the PM (Abdullah) came back from overseas, I told him who was involved. I said that police wanted to arrest Razak Baginda. The PM asked me to inform the deputy prime minister, whom I later met.
"He (Najib) said to me... do your job," Musa said in a press conference today.
The other half of that coin, overlooked
Posted on September 14, 2015
Rather decent of ex-IGP Musa Hassan, I thought, to step forward to shed some light on the resuscitated Altantuya saga following on the latest Al-Jazeera.
Malaysiakini reports today that Musa has again asserted that Najib is not in any way connected to the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu.
Musa’s factual basis for this insistence?
This excerpt from Malaysiakini tells his story.
“Musa said he briefed then prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on the police’s intention to arrest Abdul Razak Baginda, a close associate of Najib, in connection with the case.
‘Pak Lah (Abdullah) told me to inform Najib (who was then deputy prime minister) and I told him there was no need to do so,” he told a press conference.
However, upon the insistence of Abdullah, Musa met Najib and briefed him on the matter.
Musa said when he informed Najib, he replied: “Do your job”.
Maybe Musa is cluless or has completely forgotten the following.
On the morning that Abdul Razak Baginda was arrested in connection with the Altantuya murder, he received the following sms from Najib :
“I am seeing IGP at 11am today. matter will be solved. be cool.”
The fact of this sms was disclosed by private investigator Balasubramaniam in his first statutory declaration in July 2008 and has never been denied by either Razak Baginda or Najib.
For the sake of completeness, I should mention that on the morning of 16th November, 2006, when Razak Baginda was due to be charged in connection with the murder of Altantuya, Najib sent the following sms to lawyer Mohd Shafee Abdullah :
“Pls do not say anything to the press today. i will explain later. RB will have to face a tentative charge but all is not lost”
On 31st October, 2008, Razak Baginda, without being called to enter his defence, was acquitted of the charge, referred to by Dato Seri Najib as “tentative”, of abetting in the murder of Altantuya. At the time, lead prosecutor DPP Tun Majid Tun Hamzah intimated that the acquittal might be appealed, saying, “We will consider appealing the decision. The battle is not over yet”.
14 days later, the same DPP confirmed that the acquittal would not be appealed.
Do your job?
The question is, what was the then IGP’s job scope?
Uncover or cover up?