PUTRAJAYA — The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) has indicated that it will reopen the murder case of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu, her father’s lawyer said yesterday.
Ramkarpal Singh, who is representing the late model’s father, Dr Setev Shaariibuu, told a press conference the meeting between Shaariibuu’s legal team and Attorney-General (AG) Tommy Thomas was a “fruitful one”.
“We are optimistic that the issue of motive, and only motive as to who ordered the murder, will proceed and will be investigated further, so that those responsible for the same will be brought to justice,” said Ramkarpal.
“The leads are there to start investigations. I can’t say what they are because it’s too early to do so. But it won’t delay much longer. That was the main message.”
The Bukit Gelugor MP also said he was pleasantly surprised by Thomas, who had already studied the case and was up to date with what had taken place, despite the fact that the murder occurred 12 years ago in 2006.
Ramkarpal said the AG had shown “positive signs” that fresh probes into the case would not be delayed.
“No indication with regard to time frame (for the investigation to start) but the indication was that it won’t be sat upon. It won’t be delayed. It has gone on for 12 years, it is a long outstanding matter,” he said.
“That was the indication he put forward.”
He also said it was unnecessary for one of Altantuya’s convicted killers, Sirul Azhar Umar, to be extradited from Australia.
“I keep repeating, Sirul isn’t necessary to be brought back for investigations to commence on the motive behind the murder,” he said.
“We pressed that on the AG as well and he also agreed because there are other possible leads in Malaysia, which can spark those investigations now.”
Ramkarpal also said that due to the AG’s interest in reopening the case, a Royal Commission of Inquiry was no
The inquiry would have been their next step if they failed to get the AGC to begin a new probe.
Shaariibuu, who was present at the press conference, told reporters that he wanted to seek justice for his daughter.
He said he believed Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, whom he will be meeting today, is the man who can resolve the case and grant his family and Altantuya justice.
Earlier yesterday, Shaariibuu told a press conference he cared little about Sirul.
“I don’t want to talk about Sirul, or about the death penalty [he faces],” he was quoted saying by a news portal.
“The most important thing is who ordered for this murder… Not Sirul.”
Ramkarpal echoed Shaariibuu’s thought, saying Sirul was not deemed important to reopen the murder investigation, and expressed his confidence that the mastermind will be revealed soon.
Sirul is currently held at an immigration detention centre in Sydney after he absconded to Australia.
He reportedly claimed recently that he never confessed to the murder and said he would not name the parties who allegedly directed the killing.
In 2009, Sirul and Azilah Hadri, formerly with the Special Action Unit, were found guilty of murdering Altantuya in a forest clearing near Shah Alam between 10pm on Oct 19, 2006 and 1am the next day.
During their trial, it was revealed that the model was shot dead and her body blown up with explosives .
The Court of Appeal acquitted the duo on Aug 23, 2013, but the Federal Court had on Jan 13, 2015 unanimously reversed their acquittal and restored the court order for their mandatory death sentence.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Muhamad Fuzi Harun said last month that police had not found any grounds to reopen the case.