Friday, March 4, 2016

Suits linked to 2 deaths add to Najib’s headache, says daily

Three high-profile deaths have resurfaced after legal action brought about by relatives of the two of the deceased, creating more challenges for the Najib administration, reports the Financial Times today. Some of the relatives and government critics said the facts around at least three murder cases have not been fully established or properly investigated. The late private investigator, Balasubramaniam Perumal's wife Santamil Selvi and his three children, Kishen, Menaga and Reeshi, filed a suit two years ago, naming Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Najib's younger brothers, Datuk Ahmad Johari and Datuk Mohd Nazim; lawyer Tan Sri Cecil Abraham and his son, Sunil Abraham; commissioner for oaths Zainal Abidin Muhayat; carpet seller Deepak Jaikishan; and lawyer M. Arunapalam as defendants. Santamil is suing Deepak over his role with seven others in sending her family into exile to India for five years from 2008. The suit would expose the roles of several people in sending Santamil's family into exile following controversies surrounding two statutory declarations by Balasubramaniam involving murdered Mongolian translator Altantuya Shaariibuu and Najib. This included why Balasubramaniam was forced to retract his first sworn statement highlighting Najib's alleged involvement with Altantuya, and why the family were forced to leave the country. The case is due for a hearing at the Federal Court later this month. Balasubramaniam died of a heart attack in 2013 at the age of 53. The other prominent case involves the founder of AmBank, Hussain Najadi, who was shot dead in Kuala Lumpur in July 2013. "We can't rely on the Malaysian justice system any longer," Pascal Najadi told the Financial Times. He is a Moscow-based consultant who wants to build international pressure on a probe into Hussain's shooting. Pascal is taking the case to the United Nations Human Rights Council. He said his father was shot dead because he had information about wrongdoing related to state investor, 1Malaysia Development Bhd, gleaned from his position as founder of AmBank. Last July, The Wall Street Journal said Najib was the recipient of a RM2.6 billion donation, some of which was banked into his account at AmBank. The money was linked to 1MDB and Finance Ministry's SRC International Sdn Bhd. The prime minister had denied any wrongdoing while the bank declined to comment. A hitman was convicted of shooting Hussain and sentenced to death in 2014. Meanwhile, speculation continued to swirl around the demise of deputy public prosecutor Datuk Kevin Morais. He was murdered last September and allegations linking him to a probe into 1MDB. Seven people have been charged with the murder, after the body was found encased in cement in an oil drum. Authorities denied he was involved in any 1MDB probe. – March 5, 2016.]]>

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