Anwar Ibrahim mendakwa siasatan ke atas pembelian kapal selam Scorpene yang dibangkitkan di mahkamah Perancis akan membongkar semula kes pembunuhan wanita Mongolia Altantuya Sharibuu.
Ketua pembangkang itu juga mendakwa siasatan ke atas kes tersebut akan membongkar dakwaan rasuah melibatkan pemimpin Umno.
"Kes (ini) tutup di Malaysia, siasat pun tidak. Tetapi Kerajaan Perancis, kerana pendakwaan dibuat pasal rasuah kapal selam, telah melantik dua hakim bebas untuk menyiasat, kisah kapal selam.
"Saya percaya, dengan kes ini berbangkit, rasuah yang melibatkan pemimpin Umno, dan kes pembunuhan Altantuya (akan) terbongkar semula.
Mahkamah Perancis membuka siasatan kes ke atas syarikat pertahanan lautnya, DCNS, selepas menerima saman sivil yang dikemukakan ke atas syarikat berkenaan oleh NGO hak asasi Suaram.
Suaram memfailkan saman berkenaan ke atas DCNS atas dakwaan bahawa syarikat itu membayar komisen kepada pemimpin di Malaysia.
Kapal selam Scorpene itu dibeli pada tahun 2002 oleh kerajaan Malaysia ketika Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak bertugas sebagai menteri pertahanan.
Perimekar, syarikat yang dikaitkan dengan Abdul Razak Baginda - orang kepercayaan Najib - dibayar 114 juta euro atau RM570 juta, untuk bertindak sebagai ‘orang tengah' dalam urus niaga penuh kontroversi itu.
Kerajaan bagaimanapun berkata, pembayaran besar kepada Perimekar untuk perkhidmatan "koordinasi dan sokongan'.
Abdul Razak dan dua pengawal peribadi Najib telah didakwa dan dibicarakan ekoran pembunuhan Altantuya Sharibuu pada tahun 2006.
Abdul Razak bagaimana kemudiannya dibebaskan, manakala dua yang lain didapati bersalah dan dihukum mati.
Sementara itu bapa kepada wanita Mongolia yang dibunuh kejam enam tahun lalu, Setev Shaariibuu berkunjung ke Malaysia hari ini untuk bertemu peguam dan kumpulan aktivis hak asasi.
Menurut peguam Setev di Ulaanbaatar, Munkhsaruul Mijiddorj, professor di universiti Mongolia itu berada di Singapura selama dua hari sebelum tiba di Kuala Lumpur untuk kunjungan tiga hari.
Munkhsaruul berkata kunjungan itu merupakan lawatan tidak rasmi dan Shaariibuu bersama dua pegawai Mongolia akan menemui beberapa individu untuk berbincang mengenai kes saman ke atas kerajaan Malaysia.
Munkhsarul, dalam satu e-mel berkata demikian dengan merujuk kepada saman RM100 juta yang difailkan Setev dan juga dua anggota polis yang didapati bersalah kerana membunuh wanita tersebut, Altantuya.
Setev memfailkan kes tersebut pada Jun 2007 untuk menuntut kerugian atas seksaan zahir dan batin yang dialami isterinya dan dua anak Altantuya atas kematian anak sulungnya itu.
Difahamkan, Setev bercadang untuk bertemu peguamnya, Karpal Singh dan bertemu dengan aktivis hak asasi Suaram.
Suaram sebelum ini memfailkan saman ke atas syarikat pertahanan laut Perancis, DCNS kerana didakwa membayar sogokan berjumlah jutaan ringgi kepada pegawai tinggi kerajaan Malaysia berhubung pembelian kapal selam Scorpene.- malaysiakini
Sub probe will cast light on Altantuya murder...
Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has said that an ongoing French investigation on alleged corruption into the purchase of two Scorpene submarines by Malaysia may cast light on the brutal murder of aspiring model and translator Altantuya Sharibuu.
“The case is closed in Malaysia, but the French government has appointed two independent judges to investigate the question of corruption in the submarine case.
“I believe that when this case is brought up, corruption involving Umno leaders and the case of Altantuya Sharibuu’s murder will be exposed,” he told some 1,500 people at a ceramah in Shah Alam last night.
Najib will not be able to sleep well, he added cheekily, to the amusement of the crowd.
Altantuya, who had travelled with Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s confidant Abdul Razak Baginda as an interpreter to France on several occasions in connection with the submarine purchase, was found dead in October 2006.
She was shot twice before being blown up with C4 explosives on a trip to Malaysia, which according to her murder trial, was to meet with with Abdul Razak.
Two special action unit officers namely chief inspector Azilah Hadri and corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, attached to the premier’s office as bodyguards, have been sentenced to death for the murder while Abdul Razak was acquitted of abetting them in the act.
RM43bil figure disputed
On a separate matter, Anwar, who is also PKR supremo, disputed Najib’s statement that writing off the PTPTN loan for students would cost the government RM43 billion.
“This amount includes the interest that students are charged. I have calculated that without the interest, this amount will be much less,” he claimed.
Dismissing that writing off the debt would bankrupt the government, Anwar said Turkey’s new government managed to implement free tertiary education within three years and Malaysia could pull it off within a year.
Anwar, who expressed confidence that Pakatan can improve its performance in the state if the election is free and fair, urged supporters to make the state into its stronghold.
“Therefore the people must have a monstrous show of force that we reject cheating in the elections,” he said, calling on them to participate in the April 28 Bersih 3.0 rally to demand for free and fair elections.
Also present at the 25th anniversary celebration of Shah Alam PAS were PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu, Selangor PAS commissioner Dr Abdul Rani Osman, Selangor PAS deputy commissioner Khalid Samad and DAP national publicity chief Tony Pua.
‘PAS and PKR have Malays, too’
Speaking to the largely Malay crowd, Mohamad, or more fondly known as Mat Sabu, ripped into Umno’s claim that Malays would be threatened if the party was defeated.
“Umno says if BN loses, who will defend the Malays?” he said in a mock baby tone.
Any loss for Umno, he added, would be a gain for PAS or PKR, most of whom comprised of Malay candidates.
The 25th anniversary celebration of Shah Alam PAS last night, themed ‘Defending Selangor’, coincides with the fourth anniversary of Pakatan Rakyat’s rule in the state.
The Shah Alam parliamentary constituency is presently held by PAS’ Khalid, who won with a 9,314-vote majority in the 2008 general election, a huge swing from 2004's 13,410-vote majority in favour of BN. - malaysiakini
Altantuya's dad in KL for three-day visit
Setev Shaariibuu, the father of Altantuya, the Mongolian translator who was killed in a gruesome murder in Shah Alam six years ago, is visiting Malaysia today to meet with his lawyer and a human rights group.
According to Setev's lawyer in Ulaanbaataar, Munkhsaruul Mijiddorj, the Mongolian university professor was in Singapore for two days before arriving in Kuala Lumpur for a three-day visit.
"The visit in unofficial. Mr Shaariibuu is visiting Singapore and Malaysia with two Mongolian officials to talk to some people about the case," said the lawyer in an email.
Munkhsaruul was referring to a RM100 million civil suit Setev had filed against the government and two police officers who were found guilty of murdering Altantuya.
Setev ( left) had filed the suit on June 4, 2007 to seek compensation for the physical and mental anguish suffered by his spouse and two grandchildren as a result of his eldest daughter's death.
It is learnt that Setev plans to meet his lawyer, Karpal Singh, and has requested a meeting with human rights NGO Suaram.
Defence company denies corruption
Suaram has recently filed a case against French giant shipyard builder DCNS for allegedly paying kickbacks involving millions of ringgit to top government officials. DCNS and Thales International (or Thint Asia) had established a joint company named Armaris to manufacture two Scorpene-class submarines for Malaysia.
The two submarines - named after first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman and Najib's father, second premier Tun Abdul Razak - have since been delivered to the Malaysian Navy. The RM7.3 billion deal was inked in 2002 when Prime Minister Najib Razak was defence minister.
Najib, who later became deputy prime minister, had denied that he ever knew Altantuya or was involved in her murder.
Olivier Metzner, a lawyer for Thales, had told French daily Le Parisien that "we have already demonstrated to investigators that there was no corruption in this case."
Paying of commission is illegal in France and two investigating magistrates - Roger Le Loire and Serge Tournaire - have been appointed at the Paris Tribunal de Grande, which hears corruption cases.
According to French-based news agency Agence France Press, the probe involves three contracts for the submarines which were signed on June 5, 2002.
The papers revealed that at least some of the 36 million euro (RM144 million) funnelled through a Hong Kong-based company - Terasasi (Hong Kong Ltd) - had allegedly ended up in the pockets of top Malaysian politicians.
One of the principal officer of Terasasi is believed to be political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, a close confidant of Najib.
According to the documents, the contracts also involved the provision of "logistical support" by Perimekar Bhd - worth 114 million euro (RM457 million) - to train the first 200 Royal Malaysian Navy personnel.
In 2007, the Defence Ministry denied that commissions were paid to Perimekar, whose key shareholder was Abdul Razak's wife, Mazlina Makhzan.
It stressed that the submarines were procured through direct negotiations in accordance with the government's procurement procedures.
RM100 million civil suit delayed
Abdul Razak was subsequently charged for the murder of Altantuya, who was believed to be his mistress, but was acquitted without his defence being called. However, Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar Umar - Najib's former bodyguards - were sentenced to death for murdering Altantuya with military-grade plastic explosives by the Shah Alam High Court in April 2009.
Setev's civil suit can only commence after the appellate court has disposed the appeal by the two police officers, which has been fixed for hearing on Aug 27-28.
Meanwhile, it is believed that Suaram is making plans to get Setev to appear at the French court in Paris.
Suaram director Cynthia Gabriel earlier told Malaysiakini that the NGO can recommend several individuals to appear as witnesses in the French trial, which has taken nearly three years to go to open court.
"However, it is still up to the courts to decide who to call as witnesses," she said, adding that the case in France would however not revolved around Altantuya's murder.
"But if she were involved as a translator in any of the deals brokered, it may shed some light into her death, which has continued to haunt Malaysians," she added.
Setev is expected to go to Parliament tomorrow in an attempt to meet with "relevant ministers" and to hold a press conference to highlight his long-pending civil suit and express his hopes that his family would be able to find some closure to his daughter's murder.- malaysiakini