Altantuya: Call for Royal Commission

(Free Malaysia Today) – Pakatan Rakyat senior leaders want a Royal Commission of Inquiry to probe a cover up of events surrounding the murder of Altantuya Shaariibbu following the latest revelations of private investigator P. Balasubramaniam.

“It is time to set up a RCI (Royal Commission of Inquiry) which can probe this whole episode in a fair and independent manner in the name of justice not just for Altantuya but also Bala,” said Xavier Jayakumar of the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (National Justice Party) said.

Xavier said there were still too many unanswered questions with regard to Altantuya murder in October 2006.

“There has to be an independent investigation and this can only happen by tabling a White paper in Parliament and having a Royal Commission of Inquiry,” Xavier said.

Lawyer Sivarasa Rasiah, another member of the party’s executive council, echoed Xavier’s views and said an independent investigation, including into the alleged links between Prime Minister Najib Razak and Altantuya was “paramount “.

“Bala is a key witness in this whole episode. There is evidence to show he was forced to retract his first SD and now he himself is saying he was offered money to do it,” Siva said. “We need to get to the bottom of the matter and the best way is to have a Royal Commission of Inquiry.

Bala was hired by political strategist Abdul Razak Baginda, an aide of Prime Minister Najib to check on Mongolian model Altantuya when she arrived in Malaysia to confront Razak over RM500,000 commissions in the French-Scopene submarine deal .