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theSun ON FRIDAY | MAY 18, 2018

‘Grant retrial forAltantuya murderer’

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SYDNEY: Former police officer Sirul Azhar Umar, who fled the country after being sentenced to hang for the killing of Mongolianmodel Altantuya Shaariibuu in 2006, should face a new trial, PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said yesterday. Sirul, who is in Australian custody, has claimed he was ordered by “important people” tomurder Altantuya. Themodel was known to Abdul Razak Baginda – a former close associate of ousted primeminister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak – whowas accused of arranging kickbacks for the purchase of French submarines in 2002. Opponents of Najib’s government have long alleged that Sirul and accomplice AzilahHadri, members of an elite unit that guards topministers, were scapegoats in the killing to hide the involvement of their masters at the highest levels of government. Sirul had previously threatened to reveal who gave the order. Anwar suggested Sirul be brought back toMalaysia for a fresh trial. He told The Australian newspaper the original trial and the judges’ ruling were >Anwar calls for convicted ex-cop toget newhearing

“compromised” and the reluctance of judges to call relevant witnesses “made a mockery of the law”. “The best way is to proffer a new charge and allow for a full hearing of the case,” he said. Sirul was reportedly detained in Australia in 2015 and has been held in custody since, although Canberra has never officially confirmed this. A report in the Guardian last week said his bid for a protection visa would be heard soon. Najib has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing over the deal amid allegations that French submarinemaker DCNS paid “commissions” of more than € 114million (RM534million) for two Scorpene submarines, which critics allege were kickbacks. Altantuya, 28, was shot dead and her body blown upwithmilitary-grade plastic explosives. Sirul and Azilahwere convicted in 2009 and sentenced to hang. Theywere later releasedwhen the Appeals Court overturned the conviction in 2013 after raising questions about how their trial was conducted. But the Federal Court upheld their death sentences in 2015. Sirul fled the country ahead of that ruling. – AFP

Anwar greeting guests during an Iftar event last night at his residence in Bukit Segambut Dalam, Kuala Lumpur.

Anwar:Najibcalledme for advice KUALA LUMPUR: PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahimhas revealed that former premier Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razakwas

serious manner”. Even if he had, I would have just ignored it. I was just (lending a sympathetic ear). After the second call, he was totally shattered,” Anwar said. Najib could not immediately be reached for comment. Former Youth and Sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin had visitedNajib at his house on election night and said this week the ousted primeminister had been “calm” and “poised”, but that the people around himwere “stunned, shocked and sombre”. Attempts to reach Khairy for comment were unsuccessful, while his spokesman declined to comment on Anwar’s description of events that night. – Reuters

“totally shattered” the night he lost the general election and called him twice for advice. “When he called on the night of the election, I advised himas a friend to concede andmove on,” Anwar said in an interview at his house in Segambut Dalam. Anwar said he advisedNajib to issue a statement quickly rather than delay and be perceived as trying to scuttle the process. “He was just very evasive ... he refused to concede early,” Anwar said, adding that Najib did not speak about making a deal “in any

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