Thursday, June 26, 2008

Shaariibuu wants allegations thoroughly probed

The Star : Wednesday June 25, 2008


KUALA LUMPUR: Mongolian Dr Shaariibuu Setev wants the allegations that three individuals including a prominent woman were present at the scene of his daughter’s murder to be “thoroughly investigated”.

He called the information provided by Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin in a statutory declaration as “serious evidence”.

“We have to have it investigated. We cannot leave it as it is. “I would like to meet Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail to clarify the evidence, and know more about the three persons mentioned in the declaration, especially the prominent woman,” he said through Mongolian interpreter Enkhjargal Tsetsgee in a press conference held by lawyer Karpal Singh here yesterday.

He also conveyed his gratitude to Raja Petra, calling him “a brave man” for bringing new evidence to light and “for putting himself in serious danger”.

Last week, Raja Petra released a statutory declaration implicating a VIP’s wife and two armed personnel in the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu.

Asked if he was convinced there was truth to the declaration, Dr Shaariibuu said that “it should be investigated in a legal manner”.

“It’s not as simple as one plus one equals two. It’s not easy to say, but it should be investigated,” he said.

He clarified that he had not commented on Monday when speaking to the press as he misunderstood that the declaration referred to the three accused in the murder trial, instead of three new individuals.

Karpal Singh added that “the fact that the prosecution has closed its case in the Altantuya trial is no bar to further investigations being conducted following the disclosures in the affidavit of Raja Petra”.

“If the allegations of the affidavit are true, the Attorney-General can legally lead further evidence in the prosecution case by applying to the Shah Alam High Court to have its decision to close the case re-opened pending introduction of fresh evidence,” he said.

He added that he would arrange to meet the Attorney-General at the Attorney-General’s Chambers in Putrajaya today at 10am, with Dr Shaariibuu, who is flying back to Mongolia at midnight.

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