Police seek Interpol help to find missing PI

KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 – Malaysian police today urged P Balasubramaniam’s to come forward and help them in their probe into his conflicting statutory declarations, saying they have sought Interpol help to find the missing private investigator.Criminal Investigation Department director Datuk Bakri Zinin said police suspect that Balasubramaniam was either in hiding or being hidden by someone.

They have also not ruled out the possibility that he may have left the country, and have asked for the help of Interpol and authorities in neighbouring countries.

“I give a guarantee of his safety if he comes to meet us and he is free to bring his lawyer,” said Bakri at a press conference.

The private investigator gained fame on Thursday when he produced a statutory declaration with some explosive allegations, which opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said proved authorities were protecting personalities but persecuting him with sodomy accusations.

He said that he was hired by Abdul Razak Baginda in October 2006 to shield protect him from Altantuya Shariibuu who was harassing the political analyst. Abdul Razak allegedly told him that Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak knew Altantuya and was intimate with her.

He also alleged that he informed the police about Najib’s alleged involved with the Mongolian woman but this was omitted from the statement. Abdul Razak and two police officers have been implicated in the murder of Altantuya.

On Friday, Balasubramaniam retracted the statutory declaration, saying that he had issued it under duress. Immediately after that, he, his wife and their three children disappeared from their home in Rawang.

On Saturday, his nephew lodged a missing persons report. Bakri acknowledged that the private investigator’s disappearance had raised many questions.

Bakri also said his office has taken statements from 18 witnesses, including medical doctors who examined Anwar’s accuser, a 23-year-old universitiy dropout who became a personal aide, but have yet to summon the opposition leader.

“It’s very delicate. Give us time. We have to find the truth first,” Bakri said. Anwar claimed the sodomy allegations surfaced because leading government figures feared he would use the detective’s statements in the Altantuya case in his drive to lead the opposition to power for the first time in Malaysia.

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