Deepak seeks immunity, vows more exposés after

Syed Jaymal Zahiid, The Mlaaysian Insider

Controversial businessman Deepak Jaikishan said today he will seek immunity under the Witness Protection Act 2009 before exposing further alleged power abuse involving the country’s top leadership.

“I will apply for protection and write a letter to the Attorney-General (A-G) and hope he will reply immediately so I can make detailed exposés,” he told reporters after meeting PAS leadership at the party’s headquarters here.

The meeting took place after PAS vice-president Datuk Mahfuz Omar promised to look into the carpet dealer’s request for protection after Deepak claimed he had been a victim of government intimidation.

Mahfuz said PAS was ready to provide legal help should Deepak face problems in his application for immunity as a whistleblower.

“Our lawyer is ready to provide legal service to Deepak should he face obstacles in his application. He is qualified to receive protection under the Act,” the Pokok Sena MP said.

The carpet dealer claimed today the authorities had tried to intimidate him when they sent five police officers to bring him to “a certain officer’s house” to have his statement recorded on his alleged involvement in the second sworn statement on the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaaribuu.

“Instead of the Duta police station where I was supposed to record my statement, five police officers had escorted me to record my statement at a certain officer’s house.

“This is the typical cloak-and-dagger style to intimidate. I know how they work. The government is very powerful but they cannot hide the truth,” he said.

Deepak further said the police had asked him if he knew who had murdered Altantuya.

“I replied I know the personality involved but I’m not 100 per cent sure who was at the location (of the murder),” he said while refusing to divulge the name of the person in question.

The carpet dealer had recently admitted that he helped private investigator P. Balasubramaniam repudiate the latter’s earlier statutory declaration on the 2006 murder, including finding two lawyers to draft the new statement.

The Bar Council subsequently launched an investigation on the identity of the lawyers and possible misconduct in the drafting of the second sworn statement on the matter but said Deepak had refused to co-operate.

A cloud of mystery has hung over the identity of the lawyer who drew up Balasubramaniam’s second SD, dated a day after his first on July 3, 2008, regarding Altantuya’s 2006 murder, for which two elite police commandos have been convicted and are facing death sentences.