Ex-IGP denies tell-all Altantuya media conference in Bangkok

Amin Iskandar, The Malaysian Insider

Former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan has denied he will speak to reporters in Bangkok tomorrow about the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu. and is puzzled about the speculation about his activities.

The Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCTT) had put up a notice of the press conference but said it was not a club event but organised by other parties.

“I was shocked to hear the news. I only found out about this when reporters contacted me yesterday. There is no such thing, I am still here (in Malaysia),” Musa told The Malaysian Insider.

The event headlined “New exposés in the Altantuya murder” was scheduled for 11am Bangkok time and comes six years after she was blown up with explosives by two Malaysian security escort policemen in Shah Alam. Both were convicted of the crime but they have appealed against the death sentence.

“I don’t understand why recently I’ve been the target of so much speculation. I hope these irresponsible people will stop disturbing me,” added the former national police chief who retired in 2010 after his contract ended.

Incidentally, the two former police Special Action Squad commandos sentenced to death for the murder will have their appeal heard October 31 and November 1.

Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, 34, and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 39, were convicted and sentenced to death by the Shah Alam High Court in 2009 for murdering Altantuya, 28, at Mukim Raja between 9.45 pm on October 18, 2006 and 9.45 pm the following day.

Political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, 50, was also charged with abetting the duo but was acquitted by the High Court on October 31, 2008, on the basis that there was no prima facie case against him.