Monday, July 7, 2008

Liputan Kes Najib-Altantuya (5 & 6 Julai 2008)

The Star : Sunday July 6, 2008

Bala has no credibility, says Najib


PEKAN: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has denied being involved in private investigator P. Balasubramaniam’s retraction of his first statutory declaration.

“I have no knowledge of anything. “I had to make a strong denial before this as it was not an issue of seeking the truth but a political ploy to influence public perception,” he said, adding that he would not seek legal redress on the matter or hide behind an injunction.

“His retraction means he has no credibility in whatever he said earlier,” Najib said after opening the Peramu Jaya 3 Rukun Tetangga scheme here yesterday.

On Friday, Balasubramaniam made a second statutory declaration and withdrew what he had said on Thursday on Najib's involvement with Mongolian murder victim Altantuya Shaarribuu.

Najib said the statutory declaration should not have been made in the first place and Malaysian politics had reached a stage where people were employing dirty tactics, including disregarding the country’s laws.

“Those involved are making a mockery of the country’s laws. “They are not afraid. Maybe, there is a motive and a bad intention or perhaps, (they were) offered a carrot to initiate the move.

“I also regret that an opposition leader was involved in the matter that touched on an on-going trial.” “The fate of three men are in the hands of the court over a very serious criminal charge,” he said, adding that the case should not be politicised.
Najib said that although the issue caused an adverse effect on his image, he had to face it somehow.

“Slander is not something new but in the age of ICT, it can spread much faster and wider. “As such, the people must strengthen their belief and make a conclusion with the right frame of mind,” he said.

The Star : Sunday July 6, 2008

Bala and family missing since Friday

KUALA LUMPUR: Private investigator P. Balasubramaniam, his wife and three young children have gone missing since Friday, according to a police report lodged by his nephew R. Kumaraesan. He said he had called his uncle and aunt many times but they did not take the calls.

“This is very unusual and has never happened before. I am very close to my uncle. There is no way they will simply cut off contact with me. We talk to each other almost daily,” Kumaresan, 27, said, adding that he was concerned for their safety.

He said he last spoke to his aunt, S. Sentamil (Balasubramaniam’s wife), on Thursday after the private eye had released his first statutory declaration at the PKR headquarters alleging that Abdul Razak Baginda had told him that the Deputy Prime Minister had had a sexual relationship with Altantuya Shaariibuu.

“She sounded normal then. I asked her to call me if anything went wrong,” said the IT professional yesterday after lodging a missing persons report at the Brickfields police station.

However, almost immediately after his uncle issued the second statutory declaration on Friday retracting the first one, Kumaresan said he called his uncle and aunt many times but they did not respond.

Abdul Razak, who is being charged with abetting in the murder of Altantuya in 2006, had earlier hired Balasubramaniam as his private eye because he said the Mongolian translator had been harassing him (Razak). Balasubramaniam was one of the witnesses who had testified in the Altantuya murder case.

Kumaresan said when his uncle and aunt went incommunicado after the second statutory declaration, he went to their house in Rawang and saw that their car was still there but the two dogs had not been fed or given water. He said neighbours told him that his aunt had broken her normal routine to pick up the neighbour’s children from school at noon, which was very unusual.

Kumaresan also disclosed that on July 1 after his uncle had prepared first statutory declaration (two days before it was released at the PKR headquarters), his uncle had met and given the original copy to his brother for safekeeping.

"He asked my brother, Segar, to show it to me and asked us to just wait and see and watch the TV because he (Balasubramaniam) was going to give a press conference."

"I'm not sure why he gave it to me. I think he gave me the copy (original statutory declaration) because it was against the Deputy Prime Minister," he said.

To a question, he said, his uncle did not give him instruction what to do with the statutory declaration should something have happened to him prior to its release.
He also said his uncle made no mention that his life was in danger.

To a question, Kumaresan admitted that his uncle had spoken to him a number of times about the Razak-Altantuya case.

Kumaresan's lawyer, N. Surendran, who was present at the police station said the authorities must inform the next of kin if they had "detained" Balasubramaniam and family and "return them to their loved ones."

"After the statutory declaration implicating the Deputy Prime Minister in a very serious manner, the sudden loss of contact is extremely worrying," he said.

PKR information chief Tian Chua who was also present at the police station said it was very puzzling that Balasubramaniam and family had gone missing after a very sensitive accusation was made.

He said this emphasised the need for a Whistle blowers and Witness Protection Act so that people who are in a vulnerable situation should be protected.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said the police too wanted to talk to Balasubramaniam about the two statutory declarations he had made.

“We have no idea where he is and we appeal to anyone who knows where he is to contact us and this includes his lawyer who was last seen with him,” Ismail said yesterday.

He added that police were checking to see if Balasubramaniam had left the country.

The Star : Sunday July 6, 2008

Whereabouts of investigator is not known

RAWANG: The home of private investigator P. Balasubramaniam has become the latest haunt of journalists following the startling retraction on his first statutory declaration on Friday. The empty terrace house in Taman Pelangi here has been flooded with pressmen hoping to interview Balasubramaniam but his whereabouts are unknown. A four-wheel drive vehicle was seen parked under the porch.

The neighbours, who said Balasubramaniam had not returned home since Friday, are frustrated at the constant ringing of their doorbells by reporters making enquiries.

“This has been going on the whole morning and it is quite annoying,” a neighbour said.

She expressed concern that two Rottweilers belonging to Balasubramaniam had been left only with water. Lawyer Americk Singh Sidhu said he could not contact Balasubramaniam.

Balasubramaniam, keluarga dilaporkan 'hilang' !

Azamin Amin

KUALA LUMPUR, 5 Julai (Hrkh) - Penyiasat Persendirian Balasubramaniam yang mencetuskan kontroversi telah dilaporkan 'hilang' selepas mencetuskan kontroversi berhubung dua surat akuan bersumpah berkaitan pembabitan Timbalan Perdana Menteri Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak dengan kes Altantuya Sharibuu

Ini termasuk kehilangan isteri Bala beserta tiga orang anaknya juga turut tidak dapat dikesan sehingga kini.

Kehilangan mereka itu telah dilaporkan oleh anak saudara mereka R Kumaresan, 27 di Balai Polis Brickfields kira-kira jam 5 petang tadi dengan ditemani oleh seorang peguam.

Dalam pada itu, Presiden Majlis Peguam Dato' Ambiga Sreenevasan Akuan bersumpah pertama Bala tidak boleh ditarik balik kerana dibuat mengikut prosedur betul dan disahkan oleh Pesuruhjaya Sumpah.

"Akuan bersumpah adalah dokumen yang mengandungi keterangan yang diberi di bawah ikrar. Pengakuan bertulis di hadapan Pesuruhjaya Sumpah. Dalam kes ini semua keterangan diberi secara bersumpah tidak boleh ditarik balik," katanya.

Pada 3 Julai lalu Bala yang pernah memberi keterangan sebagai saksi pertama pendakwaan dalam perbicaraan kes pembunuhan Altantuya, mengedarkan akuan bersumpah bertarikh 1 Julai setebal 16 muka surat dengan mendakwa wanita Mongolia yang dibunuh itu mempunyai hubungan dengan Najib.

Bagaimanapun kurang daripada 24 jam iaitu keesokan harinya (4 Julai) Bala menarik balik beberapa perenggan dalam akuan bersumpahnya dengan mengatakan kandungan akuan itu mengenai Najib adalah tidak benar.-

Monday July 7, 2008

Bala may have gone into hiding

PETALING JAYA: Private investigator P. Balasubramaniam could have been “forced” to go into hiding.

“We are currently investigating three likely possibilities – he could have gone into hiding due to fear or because he does not want to cooperate with police investigations, or he has been kept hidden by certain parties,” said Federal CID director Comm Datuk Bakri Zinin at a press conference at the city police headquarters yesterday.

He reiterated that police had no idea where the PI was and appealed to anyone who knew of his whereabouts to contact the police.

“If he is afraid to meet us on his own, he is welcome to bring along his lawyer during questioning,” Comm Bakri added.

Balasubramaniam has not been seen since calling for a press conference on Friday to retract his first statutory declaration made public the previous day, prompting the police to launch a search for him.

If Balasubramaniam has left the country, Comm Bakri said police may request Interpol's help.

Balasubramaniam, one of the witnesses who testified in the Altantuya murder case, alleged in his first statutory declaration that police had omitted vital information in the case.

Barely 24 hours later, he retracted the entire contents of the declaration.
On Saturday, two nephews of Balasubramaniam lodged a police report claiming that their uncle, his wife and three children had been missing since Friday.

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