HOW SIRUL BLACKMAILED NAJIB! — World Media Spotlight Now Moves To The Altantuya Case
Shocking new evidence has emerged over Malaysia’s most notorious murder case, with the airing of an explosive documentary about the death of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu on the world news channel Al Jazeera’s 101 East programme today.
The gripping and closely documented report by the veteran Australian reporter Mary Ann Jolly contains allegations that the man who shot Altantuya was none other than her ex-lover Razak Baginda, a close aid of Najib Razak, who earlier this year alluded to “rogue cops” being engaged in a motiveless murder.
Even more astonishing are text messages retrieved by Al Jazeera from the mobile phone of Sirul Azhar Umar, the man convicted of the killing, which show the convicted bodyguard was blackmailing Prime Minister Najib Razak for millions of dollars to stay in Australia and “say nothing” about the case just before he was re-arrested.
This way, said Sirul, “I won’t bring down the PM”!
Tellingly, the response from Najib’s intermediary Abdul Salam bin Ahmed was that Sirul’s demand for a total of AUS$17 million was “being discussed”. Salem has regularly visited Sirul, who is being held at the Villawood detention centre in Sydney and is believed to be involved in funding his legal team in Australia.
“I want 15 million and I won’t return to Malaysia ever. I won’t bring down the PM”
Baginda “pulled the trigger”!
According to the programme Sirul confided to an Australian relative that the person who had shot Altantuya was none other than the former boyfriend, whom she had been trying to blackmail, Razak Baginda.
The relative who was interviewed, but did not want to be identified told Mary Ann Jolly:
“I said, did you pull the trigger? He said, no I didn’t pull the trigger, Razak pulled the trigger”
Salam’s response was “they want to discuss”
Baginda, who was Najib’s personal negotiator for the Scorpene Submarine deal with France was never put on trial or questioned as a witness for the murder, despite being on record as having contacted Najib’s bodyguards to help him deal with the harassment from his former lover.
Baginda blamed “rogue cops” but Sirul says it was he who pulled the trigger.
According to Sirul, his relative said, there were three at the murder scene. Baginda had shot Altantuya, but the two bodyguards had been tasked to then destroy the corpse with explosives.
In January Baginda had told a press conference that the case had been a case of “rogue cops” and denied there was any further need to establish motive.
“But, he [Sirul] told me he went back and he blew the body to pieces. I said “you had a choice of walking away from the situation and leaving it alone” — and he said “I would have been dead” because of what he knew” [Sirul’s relative]
There will now be international pressure to re-open the case where a key witness is in an independent third party state with a strong legal system.
The conduct of the original trial, which was criticised by judges in Malaysia’s own Court of Appeal, will inevitably be found wanting, threatening another embarassment for Malaysia related to another Najib cover-up.
Najib had been Altantuya’s lover also
The programme also confirms that there was testimony by the key witness Bala that it was Najib Razak who had originally been the lover of Altantuya and that he had passed her on to Baginda during the course of the Scorpene deal, which has been the centre of a court case over hundreds of millions of ringgit in kickbacks to companies controlled by Baginda.
Programme says Najib had introduced Altantuya to Baginda at a diamond exhibition in Singapore….where Rosmah was presumably shopping.
The film analyses the entire cover up of the shocking case through a heavily manipulated trial and interviews the widow of the key witness PI Bala, who details how her husband was threatened and bribed to change his initial evidence about by none other than Najib’s own brother.
Najib told reporters that Bala’s evidence was untrue, at the same time the witness was being threatened to change his story and leave the country.
The dramatised documentary, which also features the father of Altantuya, who is now launching a civil case over the death of his daughter, threatens to globalise a case that for years has been kept firmly under wraps by the powers that be in Malaysia.
Reporter Mary-Ann Jolly is filmed being thrown out of the country when she arrived at Kuala Lumpur airport to attempt to interview the Prime Minister about the extensive evidence collected by the programme.
You can watch the half hour documentary that has brought yet another skeleton crashing out of the Prime Minister’s closet — the fragmented body of Altantuya Shaariibuu.
Grand theft is one thing for a politician to find himself uncomfortably more than close to, murder is quite another.
To see the film — click here
Mary Ann Jolly, another foreign journalist thrown out of Malaysia for questioning Najib