Mongolian-Murder-Mystery Series: Mention tomorrow December 14, 2006Posted by elizabethwong in Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.
Susan Loone, who has been filing very illuminating reports (read and weep, ‘you-know-who’ — this is proper investigative journalism!) regarding the deceased, Ms. Altantuya Shariibuu on her blog. She’s been in touch with some of the women’s organisations there and has unearthed an incredible amount of information.
Some of these new facts that have emerged, came from Undarya, a representative of the Women’s groups in Mongolia, who told Susan via email, which I am reproducing below:-
“1. No, I did not know the victim personally. Info I have is directly from her family, especially her father. He has a lot of supporting documents. It is clear his daughter had never worked as a model. In fact she was too short to be a model. She worked mainly as an interpreter and translator and performed some secretarial/personal assistant duties to Mr. Baginda. Her father reported she interpreted and assisted the submarine deal in Europe.
2. Her father found the parcel with soaps and accompanying documents bearing Adbul Razak Baginda’s name. The evidence has now been sent to Malaysia with official Mongolian government representative and lawyer representing civil society and Mr. Shaariibuu.
3. Mr. Shaariibuu, the Honorary Consul and some other related people found out that Altantuya and her companions’ entry records were erased when Mr. Shaariibuu was returning with the remaining Mongolian woman. The Malaysian immigration refused to let the young woman through the control b/c they claimed she had entered illegally as her records are not in the computer. Upon examination, it was reveled that the records of entry of Altantuya and her companions had been erased. It is suspected that the killers of Altantuya were planning to do away with her companions as well so as not to leave any witnesses.”
Susan startled me about half hour ago, informing me that there’s a Mongolian lawyer in Kuala Lumpur, Mr. Budragchaa Bayar, who is conducting a watching brief on behalf of the family and the NGOs. The late Altantuya’s father is said to be rather ill and hospitalised, thus he’s not able to fly to Malaysia.
Mr. Bayar was informed that he would be received by Consul staff at the airport, but when he arrived, no one was present. Two Mongolian journalists who were also sent to KL, were received instead.
Susan and Mongolian activists became worried for his safety, thus a SOS email was dispatched, with Mr. Bayar’s cellphone number. Apparently Mr. Bayar has some vital evidence with him. Thus, it would not be too far-fetched to assume something is amiss here.
Now, it was sheer luck that I’m on the internet at this wee hours of the morning. I called the number given and woke Mr. Bayar. He had checked himself in a proper hotel at his own expense, although his initial instinct was to wander around the city – not a good idea at all, considering Malaysians now have a reputation of blowing Mongolians up with plastic C4 explosives.
The poor man was supposed to have been briefed by the Consul, which didn’t happen, of course. In the end, I had to break to him the news that tomorrow will be procedural – just a mention – to set the actual trial dates.
I also walked him through the process of getting recognised by the Shah Alam High Court (He didn’t even know which court and what time the mention is scheduled).
Hopefully, something good will come out of the whole trial. The amount of intrigue and political undertones, it is no doubt the trial of the century.
(And … Susan dear, buy lottery!)