French police investigation papers show that there are no records of the Mongolian entering France, raising questions on the existence of a photo of her, Najib and Abdul Razak taken in Paris.
K Kabilan, FMT
A French police investigation has revealed that a person named Altantuya Shaariibuu has never entered France from 1999 to 2006.
Their investigation finds that there are no immigration records of an “Altantuya Shaariibuu” entering France in that period, raising a red flag on the existence of a photograph of the Mongolian, Najib Tun Razak and Abdul Razak Baginda in Paris, allegedly taken between 2004 and 2006.
This is revealed in confidential investigative documents submitted to the French judicial inquiry which is looking into alleged kickbacks in the Scorpene submarine deal between French firm DCNS and the Malaysian government.
The French investigation also revealed that there are no immigration records to show that Prime Minister Najib and his close aide Abdul Razak had entered France from 1999 to 2006.
However, another investigative document revealed that Najib, then a defence minister, and Abdul Razak were part of an official entouarge to Paris from June 16 to June 18, 2000.
Najib made further visits to France in July 2001, July 2003, June 2005 and October 2007 but it is possible that Najib and his entourage could have entered France through diplomatic channel.
The confidential documents also revealed that DCNS officials had also informed French police that they never met a person named Altantuya and do not know who she is in the course of their negotiations for the Scorpene deal.
The DCNS officials had further informed the French police that the negotiations for the submarines were done in Malaysia and not in France.
One official – DCNS’ former sales manager to Malaysia Fredric Faura – told the French investigators the negotiations were in English and not in French, so there is no need for an interpreter.
Furthermore, Altantuya did not speak French so she could not have acted as an English-French interpreter.
He also alluded that he had not met or known Altantuya.
“You ask me if Altantuya was present at these meetings; I say that all Malaysians have perfect English and an interpreter is unnecessary,” was his response to a question by the French police.
Likewise, Jasbir Singh Chahl, who is reported by Malaysian NGO Suaram as being the first Malaysian to be subpoenaed as a witness in the Scorpene case, also told the French police that he has never met Altantuya and that she was not involved in the submarine negotiations.
If there are no records of Altantuya entering France, questions are bound to rise over the so-called photo being taken of herself, Najib and Abdul Razak in Paris.
At a press conference held by Altantuya’s father Setev in Kuala Lumpur on April 10, he claimed that he had seen the said photograph. He said that his daughter had showed him the photograph, and that “a lot of witnesses have seen this picture”.
That was the last time he had seen his daughter as she was later found murdered by being shot in her head and her remains blown up with C4 explosives in October 2006.