Altantuya murder: Motive remains unclear, says Karpal

(The Star) – The suspect or suspects as well as the motive for the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu remain unclear, said lawyer for the Shaariibuu family Karpal Singh.

“I think it is important to establish the motive. What motive did the two have? They didn’t even know this woman,” he told reporters Thursday after Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, 32 and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 36 were sentenced to death by the High Court.

He said the person who had the motive to kill Altantuya should be implicated and convicted with the two Special Action Force officers.

“I think the Mongolian Government and Dr Shaariibuu (Altantuya’s father) will not be satisfied,” he added.

Karpal also said that Dr Shaariibuu would proceed with the application for a judicial review of the Attorney-General’s decision not to file an appeal against the acquittal of Abdul Razak Baginda on Oct 31 last year.

“There is a preliminary objection that the A-G’s decision cannot be reviewed by court. I say it can be done,” he said.

“We have also filed a civil suit asking for damages for the children of Altantuya,” he said.