Malaysia ex-police chief denies Al Jazeera’s Altantuya allegations

(From the Star Online)

Tan Sri Musa Hassan has denied allegations, which resurfaced from an Al Jazeera documentary,  that murdered Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu was somehow linked to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Tan Sri Musa Hassan

Tan Sri Musa Hassan

Musa, who was Inspector-General of Police during the investigation into Altantuya’s murder in 2006, said the allegations raised in the documentary aired last Thursday were fictitious and not based on actual facts.

“For your information, I am not siding with the Government or Opposition, or trying to protect anybody.

“I felt called upon to clarify certain details of the case, as they have been reported wrongly in the media from day one,” the former top cop told a press conference, Monday.

Musa proceeded to rehash the details of the case, saying that the investigation was first opened after a missing persons report was lodged on Altantuya.

“We received a report that a Mongolian model had gone missing. My first thought was that it was a tourist, and it doesn’t look good on Malaysia if a tourist goes missing.”

Musa said the investigations revealed that two police officers were with Altantuya on the night she disappeared, referring to C/Insp Azilah Hadri and Kpl Sirul Azhar Umar, who were later found guilty of murdering her.

Altantuya Shaariibuu

Altantuya Shaariibuu

He said the police also found that prior to her disappearance, Altantuya had lodged a police report claiming she had been harassed and blackmailed by “a male friend” for demanding money from him.

The police later suspected the involvement of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s aide Abdul Razak Baginda, and had sought permission from then Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to bring him in for questioning.

“Pak Lah was out of the country at the time. When he returned, I told him who we suspected was involved and he said to refer the matter to Najib, as Abdul Razak was his advisor,” he explained.

“Najib told me to do my job, and to make the arrest. From there, we discovered that the victim had been murdered and her body blown up,” said Musa. Read more

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