Thursday, July 3, 2008

Najib: Statutory declaration just a diversion -

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak says the statutory declaration made by private investigator P Balasubramaniam is just to divert public attention from sodomy allegations against Anwar Ibrahim. Najib said this at a press conference at the Parliament Thursday evening.

DPM says statutory declaration is a ‘red herring’ - The Star

VIDEO: Najib: Statutory declaration just a diversion

KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak read out a statement at a press conference in Parliament, saying that the statutory declaration by P. Balasubramaniam was a "red herring" by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to divert public attention from the sodomy allegation against him.

Following is a transcript of his statement:

"Firstly, I want to repeat that whatever that had been said is considered sub judice because the case is still under trial in court. However, I wish to repeat strongly that I did not know or have met the Mongolian woman mentioned in the statutory declaration.”

“The statutory declaration, which I consider as a horrible lie, a mere fabrication with malicious intention and slanderous element which aimed to smear my image. I am very sure that this is a very desperate attempt to divert attention from the sodomy allegation that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is facing now.”

“What is important now is not the matter raised as a diversion, (or) red herring, but what people want to know is whether the sodomy case happened or not. I hope the relevant authorities will investigate and make an announcement as soon as possible.”

“On the statutory declaration, because the declaration contradicts the testimonies in court and also with the police report, I leave it to the authorities to investigate fully.

The parties responsible (for the statutory declaration) should be prepapred to accept any consequences if the authorities uncover any legal wrongdoing."


PI Points Finger At No. 2 Leader In New Twist To Mongolian's Murder - AP

KUALA LUMPUR: A private detective claimed Thursday (3 July) that police officers who investigated the 2006 killing of a Mongolian woman deliberately suppressed statements that might have indicated the Malaysian deputy prime minister's involvement in the case.

Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak did not respond to requests by The Associated Press for comment. Najib's aides said he was likely to comment later Thursday. But responding to rumors in the past, Najib has denied any hand.

The latest claim by private detective Balasubramaniam Perumal, made in a sworn declaration, adds an unexpected twist to the case of Altantuya Shaariibuu, a Mongolian translator and interpreter who was killed 19 Oct 2006.

Her body was blown up with explosives and only remains were found in a jungle clearing.

A close friend of Najib, Abdul Razak Baginda, is on trial for abetting her murder. Two policemen are on trial with him for murder, which shook Malaysia's political establishment because of the personalities involved and the gruesome nature of the killing. The trial is in a recess.

Abdul Razak, a prominent political analyst, says he had an affair with Shaariibuu, 28, and that she was harassing him for money. Abdul Razak hired Balasubramaniam a few days before Shaariibuu's death to keep her away from him.

At a news conference arranged by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, Balasubramaniam claimed Abdul Razak had told him that Najib had confessed to having a "sexual relationship" with her previously.

Balasubramaniam acknowledged his information was hearsay.

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Explosive claims linking Najib to Altantuya - Malaysiakini

By Soon Li Tsin

Private investigator P Balasubramaniam has made shocking claims that Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak had links with murdered Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu.

He revealed that Najib had also informed his close associate Abdul Razak Baginda that inspector-general of police Musa Hassan would 'take care' of the murder case which implicated Abdul Razak.

He further revealed that his evidence linking Najib to the murdered Mongolian was removed by the police and prosecutors during the murder trial - a move seen to protect the DPM.

These shocking revelations were made by Balasubramaniam in a statutory declaration which he filed on July 1 and was revealed by PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim in a packed press conference this morning.

Balasubramaniam was the PI hired by Abdul Razak to ‘handle’ Altantuya, who had apparently come over to Malaysia in 2006 to settle some financial issues with Abdul Razak.

Soon after Altantuya was found murdered in an isolated site in Shah Alam, Selangor.

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Azmin: Anwar will be PM by Sept 16 - The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR’s plan to make Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim Prime Minister by Sept 16 is still on track, said the party's vice-president Azmin Ali.

The Gombak MP, however, said with the latest allegations hurled against the de facto leader, there was some “slowing down of the process”.

“I spoke last night to the four Barisan Nasional MPs who want to crossover and they said their commitment has not wavered even with the latest fiasco. So far, there is no change. We are still on track,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby.

He said following a rally in Shah Alam on Tuesday night, they would be holding similar gatherings in Penang on Saturday and Kuala Lumpur a day after.

He did not dismiss the possibility of street protests.

“Maybe we will use this forum for people to express their anger over what is happening and what is done by the present (Federal Government) leadership,” he said.

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