Father of murdered Mongolian model meeting Malaysia's A-G on Tuesday

A file photo taken on April 9, 2012, shows Dr Setev Shaariibuu, father of murdered Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu, speaking at a press conference in Malaysia. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The father of murdered Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu will be meeting with Malaysia's new Attorney-General on Tuesday (June 19).

The family's lawyer Ramkarpal Singh said Dr Setev Shaariibuu would meet Mr Tommy Thomas at 3pm to discuss reopening the murder case.

"Shaariibuu wants to discuss the possibility of the government reopening the case (on Altantuya's murder)," Mr Ramkarpal told The Star on Monday.

"There is a new regime and the possibility is there that they might consider reopening the case," he added, referring to the new Pakatan Harapan government.

Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun had said last month that the police had not found any grounds to reopen investigations into the case.

Ms Altantuya, 28, is believed to have been shot dead before her body was blown up with explosives at a forest in Shah Alam in 2006.

In 2009, Sirul Azhar Umar and fellow police commando Azilah Hadri were convicted of murdering Ms Altantuya and were sentenced to death. The Court of Appeal overturned their sentences in 2013 but upon the prosecution's appeal, their convictions were upheld by the Federal Court.

The two men were part of an elite police unit guarding VVIPs, including then Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak, at the time of the murder.

Sirul fled to Australia where he was detained by the Australian Immigration after Interpol issued a red notice on him. He has been at the detention centre since 2015, where he is hoping to get asylum.

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad had said Malaysia may commute Sirul's death sentence so that he can return home from Australia. Sirul has denied he carried out the killing, claiming he was acting on orders from his superiors and only drove Ms Altantuya to the scene of the murder.

Ms Altantuya was allegedly the lover of political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, a former associate of Datuk Seri Najib.

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