KUALA LUMPUR, June 24 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi stated emphatically today he does not believe his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor are involved in the murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu.
Neither has he received any military intelligence report about the murder, Abdullah said in response to allegations in a sworn statement made by Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin on June 18.
“I am concerned. What he (Raja Petra) did is unacceptable. What he said is not right. He said in his statutory declaration I have been given a report about the murder by the military intelligence. That is not correct,” Abdullah said after a meeting in Parliament.
Asked specifically if he ever received any report, Abdullah replied, “No… I do not remember receiving anything and am confident that I did not receive anything. Nothing was sent to me.”
Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdu Gani Patail has launched investigations into the statutory declaration, which among others alleged that a military intelligence report was sent to Abdullah, his son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin, who is Rembau MP, and an unnamed Malay ruler.
Raja Petra, better known as RPK, has welcomed the investigations. He is already facing sedition charges for implicating Najib in the murder. A political analyst close to Najib, Abdul Razak Baginda, and two elite policemen who provide VIP security cover have been charged with conspiracy and murder in the case.
Opposition leader and Ipoh Timur MP Lim Kit Siang’s emergency motion to discuss RPK’s sworn statement was earlier rejected today by the Dewan Rakyat as it was considered sub-judice due to the ongoing trial. Prosecutors completed their case yesterday after 124 days where 84 witnesses took the stand.