Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Liputan Kes Najib-Altantuya (8 Julai 2008)

The Star : Tuesday July 8, 2008

First SD consistent with story we heard, says PI’s nephew

SELAYANG: The contents of private investigator P. Balasubramaniam’s first statutory declaration are consistent with what he had told his two nephews the past six months in relation to the murder of Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaariibuu.

According to Segar Ramakrishnan, 34, his uncle had told him and his brother Kumaresan, 27, for the last six months that he would make a statutory declaration one day on what he had been telling them.

“How can he subsequently on July 4 say the allegation about Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (having a relationship with Altantuya) had been concocted?” he asked.

Segar was speaking to reporters after he and Kumaresan were questioned under Section 112 of the Criminal Procedure Code at Gombak District Police headquarters yesterday.

On Saturday, Kumaresan lodged a police report on the disappearance of his uncle, wife and three children at the Brickfields District Police headquarters.

“When he came to my office to pass a copy of the July 1 declaration, he seemed normal and perfectly fine. He asked me to wait two days to see what would happen.

“You can compare his facial expressions in the video clip of the first press conference with that of when he withdrew it to see whether he was under duress during the former or the latter.

“Suddenly on Friday, he appears with a new lawyer withdrawing the allegation against the Deputy Prime Minister.

Segar, a car service adviser, suggested his uncle may have been forced to make the second statutory declaration.

Kumaresan, an IT personnel, said if his uncle had wanted to run away, he could have done so after the first statutory declaration.

“They were doing things as usual after that. I’m afraid for my uncle, my aunt and their children. My parents are no longer alive. My aunt is like my own mother. ”

Segar and Kumaresan, who were accompanied by lawyer N. Surendran, expressed disappointment over the Federal CID chief Datuk Bakri Zinin’s remark that his family had not been cooperative with the police.

“This is baseless and totally not true. On Saturday itself, we made an appointment with Chief Inspector Fadil (of Gombak District Police headquarters) to come and give a statement this morning.”

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