Bala’s interview by French prosecutors relating to Malaysia submarine’s purchases and his latest press release

Posted on July 15, 2010


Reading this news report of Bala interrogation by  the French prosecutors remind me of several issues till today remains unanswered:

– The Altantuya murder case : Who gave  instructions to the two convicted Special Task Force  chaps to do it ?? Razak Baginda was acquitted and is now far away in London enjoying his freedom.  I find it puzzling that the police did not pursue this matter further as obviously the 2 Task Force guys didn’t do it just because they hate her or for vengeance . Both them don’t even know her. What is their  motives  behind this murder ? All this smells coverup to the highest echelons – who ? –  I don’t know but all the rumors flying around is not doing our Prime Minister and his wife  any good.

– The denials that all these stories by Bala is untrue, nonsense etc is insufficient. Here we have a private detective releasing a damaging affidavit and admitted subsequently he retracted it under pressure. Finally coming out again to said he was paid a few million ringgit to retract it , bla, bla, bla – what had we heard from the accused ?? Nothing – denial again. Bala should be arrested and sue if he is telling lies. A MURDER is involve here, not a corruption or breach of trust.  Why is he let off so easily with no charges against him by the accused.  Zaid Ibrahim of PKR had called for an open probe but again as expected no respond to his call. Malaysians are not dumb and such incidents happening right in front of our eyes only tells us one thing – COVERUP.

The French investigation into the Scorpene submarines purchase by Malaysia could reveal more worms and maggots in this rubbish deal with links to the Altantuya murder. We will see more coverup after all here is MALAYSIA  apa pun BOLEH.

The full report and press release is reproduced here :

Controversial private eye P Balasubramaniam said that he was quizzed for three hours on Monday by French prosecutor M Ryckewaert at the Centrale de la Police Judiciare in Paris.
This was followed by a two-hour meeting the day after with a team of French lawyers led by Joseph Breham, who were hired by human rights group Suaram to bring up the case in the French courts.
According to Balasubramaniam, he told the French what he knew regarding the alleged Paris meeting between Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaariibuu, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda – who had hired the private investigator to keep an eye on Altantuya before she was murdered in 2006.

He was also asked on the payments made by Razak Baginda to Altantuya and the purchase of an apartment in Mongolia by the political analyst for his ex-lover.

Balasubramaniam also explained the role played by Najib’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, his brother, Nazim Abdul Razak and businessman Deepak Jaikishan in getting him to change his statutory declaration, which led to his self-imposed exile in India.

The private investigator also gave information on the two Special Action Forces personnel – chief inspector Azilah Hadri and corporal Sirul Azhar Umar – who last year were convicted of killing Altantuya.
Balasubramian was also questioned on the alleged French individuals involved in the multi-billion ringgit submarine deal and the details given by Altantuya of payments made by the French to Perimekar Sdn Bhd, the company owned by Abdul Razak’s wife Mazlinda Mahmood.

Two Malaysian names cropped up during the questioning – Major Rahim and Abdul Rahim Saad. However, no details were revealed on who they were and what role they played in the scandal.

The Parisians are investigating whether commissions have been paid in the RM3.7 billion deal between the Malaysian government and French-based defence company DCNS, which is illegal under the French law.

Bala’s press statement

Below is the statement released by Balasubramaniam on what he told the French investigators.

He was quizzed by them alone as the private eye’s lawyer, Manjeet Singh Dhillon, was not allowed to accompany him.

Place of interview: Direction Centrale de la Police Judiciare DNIF, Nanterre, Paris. Interviewed by M Ryckewaert assisted by an English interpreter and another officer. Interview conducted in French through the English interpreter.

Observation: The French investigator appeared to be very familiar with the events inMalaysia relating to the Altantuya murder. The interview however centred on the Scorpene submarine deal and the alleged commission paid in connection with that.

The following were the areas covered in the interview.

1) My background [including date and place of birth] and my occupation from the time I was with the Malaysian police to the time when I became a private investigator in 1998.

2) The validity of my PI (private investigator) licence.

3) The whole story as to how I was recruited to do a job for Razak Baginda and my interview before the job done by Dhirren Norendra, a lawyer practising in Kuala Lumpur. I was questioned about the scope of my assignment, the target and objectives of my assignment.

4) The background to the Altantuya murder. I briefed them on the events leading up to and after the murder and also told them to read my first SD (statutory declaration) and the Singapore interview. Also the identity of the two police officers convicted of the murder, who they worked for as well as the identity of the various other people identified as being about when Altantunya disappeared and their link to Razak Baginda and/or the PM (prime minister).

5) Razak Baginda’s relationship with our present PM, the information and events narrated to me by Razak Baginda including the SMS sent by the PM to Razak Baginda at the point of his arrest for the murder of Altantuya.

6) The Malaysian company, Perimekar, its ownership, and link to Razak Baginda and his wife. Also nature of business undertaken by Perimekar. I told them of the presence of army equipment in Razak Baginda’s office. Information concerning Razak Baginda and his present whereabouts.

7) Financial payments by Razak Baginda to Altantuya, including the three US$5,000 payments by Baginda to Altantuya, which included a penalty of US$1,000 because of late banking in. Also the purchase by Razak Baginda of an apartment in Mongolia for Altantuya. Also the background to the US$500,000 payment demanded by Altantuya, how it arose, its link to the Scorpene submarine deal, Altanunya’s involvement in the negotiations, and admission and confirmation by Razak Baginda that he should have paid Altantuya the money.

8) How Rosmah Mansor teamed up with Deepak to exile me from Malaysia, the threats to my family after I signed the first SD as well as the involvement of the PM’s brother in the events that led to the second SD and my being smuggled out of Malaysia and asked to stay away till Najib Razak became PM.

9) I was asked to retrace the events in Rawang coffee house where Deepak, Dinesh and ASP Suresh were present.

10) The length and time I have been in exile.

11) Details concerning Altantuya’s cousin, Ammy, who had knowledge of the Paris dinner where the PM and Razak Baginda were present with Altantuya.

12) The identity of the French individuals involved in the Scorpene deal.

13) My knowledge of any payments by the French to Perimekar and information given to me by Altantuya that her US$500,000 was because of the successful deal concerning the Scorpene submarine transaction.

14) The identity, background and involvement of two Malaysians identified as Major Rahim and Abdul Rahim Saad.

15) Altantuya’s family background.

16) My links with Suaram, if any.

17) The need for justice to be served for the Altantuya murder and the truth to be told concerning the Scorpene deal.

I signed the statement that the French officer recorded.

Balasubramaniam also said that he met with Breham, the French lawyer acting for Suaram, on July 13 at 10 am at his office at Cabinet Bourdon-Voituriez-Burget, 156 Rue de Rivoli, Paris.