Sunday, May 20, 2018

Altantuya Shaariibuu May Be Back in the News

Sirul Azhar Umar, who was convicted of the murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu, is reportedly demanding a full pardon as a condition for returning to Malaysia and giving his full story to Malaysians. According to Malaysiakini. 

Wah, after so many lies and deception  he now wants to cut a deal! No way!

As Sarawak Report wrote: “Sirul needs to understand that he is still behind bars, facing a hangman’s noose and that the terms of his release of information will be dictated by the authorities who will abide by proper protocols and not Najib-style deals and bargains going forward”.

Sirul fled to Australia after he and former chief inspector Azilah Hadri were found guilty of Altantuya’s murder in 2006. He has been held at an Australian immigration detention centre in Sydney for the past three years. Azilah is on death row in Kajang Prison. 

On Friday, Mongolian president Battulga Khaltmaa (left) had urged the Malaysian government to reopen the case, saying a re-investigation would not only help justice but also ease tensions between the two countries. 

Sirul, in fact, had originally claimed he was ordered by "important people" to murder Altantuya. (Read the background story here

Altantuya was the lover of Abdul Razak Baginda (left) – a former close associate of now deposed Malaysian premier Najib Razak – who was accused of arranging kickbacks for the purchase of two French-built Scorpene-class submarines in 2002. 

Malaysians have long believed that Sirul and accomplice Azilah Hadri, members of an elite police unit that guards top Malaysian ministers, were scapegoats in the killing to hide the involvement of their master(s) at the highest levels of government. 

Already, PKR’s Anwar Ibrahim had suggested Sirul be brought back to Malaysia for a fresh trial. He told The Australian newspaper the original court case and the judges' ruling was "compromised" and the reluctance of the judges to call relevant witnesses "made a mockery of the law". 

"The best way is to proffer a new charge and allow for a full hearing of the case", he had recommended. 

If I’m not mistaken, convicted persons could not be retried for the same crime. 

Perhaps, the two killers could have their death sentences commuted to jail terms – and they could become crown witnesses. At least, their lives are spared.

It is imperative that the “unseen hand(s)” responsible for giving the order to execute Altantuya be brought to justice! 

Anyway, the above would put more pressure on Najib, who is already embroiled in police investigations into money-laundering and possible corruption involving billions of funds from state-owned 1MDB.

Celtic became the first Scottish side to win successive domestic Trebles after beating Motherwell in the Scottish Cup final on Saturday. 

Callum McGregor's sweetly struck half-volley in the eleventh minute gave his team their first goal and Olivier Ntcham's low shot fourteen minutes later doubled their advantage in a dominant first half.

And Celtic enhance their reputation as the most successful club in the Scottish Cup with their 38th title.

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