The statutory declaration of Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri becomes a hot issue as he explicitly revealed that former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak ordered the killing of Mongolian translator Altantuya Shaariibuu.
Azilah, who is currently on death row at Kajang Prison for killing Altantuya, stated that he personally met with Najib in October 2006.
At that time, Najib was serving as Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister. According to Azilah, Najib briefed him about Altantuya, claiming that she was a threat to national security, hence she must be executed.
Additionally, Azilah also stated that he had been communicating with Abdul Razak Baginda, a close associate of Najib, on the details of the covert operation.
Azilah also revealed that Altantuya told him that she knew “Mr. Razak” was the one who ordered the execution.
“Which Mr. Razak?” asked Azilah for further clarification.
“Najib Razak,” Altantuya responded.
In the aftermath of Barisan Nasional’s defeat in GE-14, Najib is no longer the Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Following this, numerous figures and organisations have called on the new Pakatan Harapan government to reopen investigations on several scandals involving the previous government, including the murder of Altantuya.
A sudden spike was witnessed on the media exposure of Altantuya after Tun Mahathir replaced Najib as the Prime Minister of Malaysia.
In June 2018, Shaariibuu Setev, Altantuya’s father, lodged a police report to reopen an investigation on his daughter’s murder.
Ramkarpal Singh, who is representing Altantuya’s family, said that there is sufficient new evidence and clues to reinvestigate the murder.
Regardless, Najib has denied the allegation made upon him. The former premier also insisted that he has never met with Altantuya.