Raja Petra's Statutory Declaration - 'Garbage' Says Najib
Raja Petra, editor of online news portal Malaysia Today, filed the declaration at the High Court here on June 18, naming three individuals who were purportedly present when Mongolian translator Altantuya Sharibuu was murdered in 2006. Apart from Rosmah the two other individuals named were acting colonel Aziz Buyong, who is described as ‘a C4 expert’ and the latter’s wife, known only as Norhayati, who is also said to be Rosmah’s aide de camp.
Raja Petra had further alleged that he had also been 'reliably informed' that Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi knows of Datin Seri Rosmah's alleged involvement and that Pak Lah had received a written report from military intelligence confirming the allegation and that this report was subsequently handed over to his son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin for safekeeping.
The PM has since denied any knowledge of such a report.
Najib said the police have taken a statement from his wife, but described Raja Petra’s allegations in the statutory declaration as "a desperate and pathetic attempt to taint my political image."
On Monday the police had said that they were investigating Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin on his statutory declaration over purported facts related to the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu under Section 203 of the Penal Code.
Federal CID director Comm Datuk Mohd Bakri Zinin had said that it was an offence punishable up to two years’ jail or a fine, or both, for anyone to give false information.
He said police had yet to pick up Raja Petra for questioning as they were still studying the allegations filed by the 58-year-old blogger on June 18.
This allegation is naturally causing quite a stir and concern right up to the higher echelons of power. Of course the veracity of such a surprising revelation is in itself doubtful and one must wonder what Raja Petra's long term strategies are. As for the immediate consequences, suffice to say that his statutory declaration has got tongues wagging, politicians all riled up and the Malaysian blogosphere working overtime to make some sense out of it. And let's not forget that the Mongolians and the rest of the world are carefully watching and I'm sure wondering, "what the devil is going on?"
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