'How innocent is Bala in the matter of Altantuya's murder? Was he an accomplice?' These are some of the questions posed by Raja Petra Kamarudin.
(FMT) - The already thick plot revolving around the gruesome murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu has now been made thicker by Raja Petra Kamarudin.
The controversial blogger zeroed in on one of the key figures in the saga, private investigator P Balasubramaniam, who is better known as PI Bala.
“How innocent is Balasubramaniam in the matter of Altantuya’s murder? Was he an accomplice?
“Was Balasubramaniam ‘surprised’ by Altantuya’s murder?”
“Or was he one of those whose job was to make the murder possible? ”
These were some of the questions posed by Raja Petra in his second part regarding the Altantuya saga published on his blog, Malaysia Today.
Yesterday, the blogger revealed a document submitted to the French courts probing the Scorpene submarine deal, which was said to be the catalyst behind the Mongolian national’s slaying.
The document, produced by the French national police, suggested that Balasubramaniam and Abdul Razak Baginda knew each other as far back as 2000 and not in 2006 when the latter supposedly hired the private investigator to resolve the Altantuya problem.
Musa Safri’s identity
This time around, Raja Petra focussed on the contradictions concerning Balasubramaniam’s statements regarding Musa Safri, the special officer of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.
The blogger said Balasubramaniam, during a press conference held in the presence of Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim on July 3, 2008, had not identified Musa.
The press conference was held to disclose Balasubramaniam’s statutory declaration (SD) made two days earlier.
Detailing how Altantuya had been whisked away by police special forces personnel Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azahar (the duo who were later sentenced to death for the murder) from outside Razak Baginda’s house, Balasubramaniam had said:
“After 10 minutes another vehicle, a blue Proton Saga, driven by a Malay man, passed by slowly. The driver’s window had been wound down and the driver was looking at us.”
Balasubramaniam, noted Raja Petra, did not identify the driver and in another press conference held in London two years later, the private investigator had said that he initially did not know who this man was but only later did he find out that it was Musa Safri.