Malaysian MP lodges police report on Altantuya murder, wants case reopened

Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng lodged a report for the police to reopen the case of Mongolian model Altantuya Shariibuu (pictured), who was murdered in 2006. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysian police have been urged by a KL lawmaker to look into the motive behind the 2006 murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shariibuu.

Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng, who lodged a report for the police to reopen the case, said both the High Court and Federal Court had failed to discover the motive behind the act, nor the identity of the person who ordered the murder.

In 2009, two former policemen, Sirul Azhar Umar and Azilah Hadri, were convicted of murdering Altantuya and were sentenced to death, although the Court of Appeal overturned this in 2013.

"Sirul has said he is willing to reveal what happened and his statement should be recorded.

"The people responsible for Altantuya's murder should be charged with abetting the murder," Lim said on Saturday (May 26).

He lodged the report at the Jinjang police station on Saturday morning.

This came after Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the police had not reopened the case because there were no grounds to do so. He said no new police reports had been lodged.

Altantuya, aged 28, is believed to have been shot dead before her body was blown up with explosives in a forest near the Subang Dam in Puncak Alam, Shah Alam in 2006.

Former political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, who was charged together with the two policemen, was freed on Oct 31, 2008, after the court found no concrete evidence against him.

Sirul later fled to Australia.

Recently, when Pakatan Harapan took over the Federal Government after this month's general election, PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim suggested that Sirul be brought back to Malaysia for a fresh trial.

Sirul has said he is willing to reveal what happened in the case if he is given a full pardon to return to Malaysia.

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