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P. Balasubramaniam Retracts Statutory Declaration

The Najib-Altantuya Shaariibuu case took a dramatic turn today when the private investigator who made startling allegations about the Deputy Prime Minister’s relations with the Mongolian model retracted his statutory declaration.

P. BalasubramaniamP. Balasubramaniam told reporters that all of what he alleged was wrong. He then rushed off without taking any questions. The manner in which he retracted the statutory declaration will raise more questions about this whole affair.

He told friends yesterday that he had come under severe pressure after releasing the statutory declaration.

At first blush, his sudden retraction does not appear to aid Datuk Seri Najib Razak or Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the Opposition leader who flaunted the statutory declaration at a press conference yesterday.

Yesterday, Anwar showed a sworn statement by Balasubramaniam, who was murder accused Abdul Razak Baginda’s private investigator, that claimed police suppressed evidence to protect some personalities, including proof that Altantuya knew Najib.

Abdul Razak, a political analyst close to Najib, and two policemen from an elite VIP security unit are charged with conspiracy and the killing of Altantuya, a Mongolian model and translator, in 2006. The trial is still going on.

When contacted this morning, Balasubramaniam’s lawyer Americk Singh Sidhu said he was in the dark about his client’s retraction of the statutory declaration. “I’m trying to find out as well,” said Americk.

Meanwhile, Balasubramaniam held a press conference at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur to clarify his new position. “I wish to retract the entire contents of my statutory declaration dated July 1, 2008. I was compelled to affirm the said statutory declaration under duress,” Balasubramaniam said in his new statutory declaration dated today.

Speaking through his new lawyer M. Arulampalam, Balasubramaniam told reporters that the statements contained in his previous statutory declaration were inaccurate and not the truth.

The new statutory declaration states:

  • “I wish to expressly state that at no material time did (Abdul) Razak (Abdullah) Baginda inform me that he was introduced to Altantuya Shaariibuu by a VIP and at no material time did Razak Baginda inform me that Datuk Seri Najib had a sexual relationship with Altantuya Shaaribu and that she was susceptible to anal intercourse.
  • “At no material time did Razak Baginda inform me that Datuk Seri Najib instructed Razak Baginda to look after Altantuya Shaariibuu as he did not want her to harass him since he was the Deputy Prime Minister.
  • “At no material time did Razak Baginda and or Altantuya Shaariibuu inform me that Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, together with Razak Baginda and Altantuya Shaariibuu, had met and all been together at a dinner in Paris;
  • “At no material time did Altantuya Shaariibuu inform me that she wanted money in the sum of US$500,000 as a commission for a submarine deal she assisted with in Paris;
  • “At no time whatsoever did Razak Baginda and/or Altantuya Shaariibuu inform me that Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak met with Altantuya Shaariibuu in Singapore;
  • “At no time whatsoever did Altantuya Shaariibuu inform me that she wanted me to arrange to see Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak;
  • “At no time did I tell the police during the course of their investigations about any relationship between Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak andAltantuya Shaariibuu as no such relationship existed to my knowledge. Accordingly, the statement I signed before the police is complete;
  • “At no time did Razak Baginda inform me that he had sent Datuk Seri Najib an SMS the evening before he was arrested; and
  • “At no time did Razak Baginda inform me that Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had sent him an SMS on the day of his arrest to the effect that he was going to see the IGP (Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan) that day and that the matter should be resolved and for Razak Baginda to remain calm.”

Yesterday Najib reiterated that that he never knew Altantuya and referred to the claim linking him with the murdered Mongolian woman as “a terrible lie”.

Najib described this latest attempt to connect him to the crime as a “malicious, slanderous fabrication aimed at tarnishing my image.”

Source : Bernama

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  1. no imagex (Check me out!) on July 4th, 2008

    he looks drunk, did he had a little too much to drink during his breakfast before he retract his SD XD

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  2. no imageVin the kacau man (Check me out!) on July 4th, 2008

    Just look at Bala’s face yesterday and today will tell the truth story.

    Looks more likely he’s threaten to retreat his claim than making it

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  3. no imageXenobiologista (Check me out!) on July 5th, 2008

    The retraction makes no sense. Even if you read in The Star, Americk Singh said he and Bala were working on the 1st statutory declaration for about 1.5 months. It was a carefully crafted document. And then he suddenly repudiates it and changes lawyers Someone must have threated to kill his kids and rape his wife or something.

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