PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has confirmed that his successor Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was not involved in the murder of a Mongolian model.
Abdullah, who helmed the country between 2003 and 2009, said he was briefed on the details of the murder.
â€œAmong the matters reported to me were the results of the investigations into the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu. Based on the findings from the thorough investigation conducted by the Royal Malaysian Police that was conveyed to me, it was confirmed that Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was not involved at all in the case,â€ he said in a statement issued to The Star yesterday.
Najib had in a televised interview with TV3 on Thursday night reiterated that there was no evidence linking him to the murdered Mongolian model. He was responding to questions raised by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in a blog post over the murder.
Altantuya was killed on Oct 18, 2006, and her remains were found in a forest near Puncak Alam, Shah Alam.
Two policemen â€“ C/Insp Azilah Hadri and Kpl Sirul Azhar Umar â€“ were found guilty of the murder in 2009 and sentenced to death by the High Court.
In 2013, the Court of Appeal overturned the conviction of the two accused and freed them.
However, on Jan 13 this year, the Federal Court upheld the High Courtâ€™s conviction of Azilah, 39, and Sirul, 43, of the murder.
Sirul failed to appear in the Federal Court for the hearing and the court then issued a warrant for his arrest.
Efforts are being made to extradite Sirul, who is in Australia, back to Malaysia. – The Star