Mongolian working team to retrace Altantuya’s murder

By S Pathmawathy

The Mongolian government will send a team of investigators to Malaysia in August to re-look into the high-profile murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu.

NONEOfficers from the country’s Justice and Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs and Trade ministries will be making the trip to look into detail controversies surrounding the case, Kelana Jaya PKR parliamentarian Loh Gwo-Burne (left) told reporters at the Parliament lobby today.

Citing a Mongolian news report quoting its Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministry’s consular director G Gankhuyag, Loh said the team also intended to “sign an agreement” to ensure cooperation between the enforcement units of both nations.

“The consular directorate of the Foreign Affairs and Trade as well as the Justice and Home Affairs ministries, NGOs and the family members of the deceased have attended the trials,” said Loh, reading out from a translated copy of the news report.

“The government of Mongolia allocated the necessary funds. Also, the consular officer in Thailand has made working trips to Malaysia on this matter.

“Unfortunately, we see sluggishness from the Malaysian side. They don’t inform what is going on in the courtroom.”

‘Give them full cooperation’

Loh urged the Malaysian government to give full cooperation to the Mongolian government officers as it involved the country’s image and bilateral relationship.

On Oct 31, 2008, Shah Alam High Court judge Mohd Zaki Md Yasin acquitted political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, who had been accused of abetment in the murder of Altantuya, without calling for his defence.

The judge ruled that the prosecution had not proven a prima facie case, as the sworn affidavit filed by Abdul Razak, a close ally of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, had not been rebutted.

However, two Special Action Force members – Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar Umar – were later found guilty of the murder and sentenced to death.

The two, former bodyguards of Najib, have filed separate appeals against conviction, which are due to be heard in August.

Azilah and Sirul Azhar were found guilty of murdering Altantuya, who was then 28, at Lot 12843 and Lot 16735 Mukim Bukit Raja in Shah Alam, Selangor, between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20, 2006. – Mkini

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