Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Bala won’t play ball, claims MACC

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today said private investigator P. Balasubramaniam’s refusal to co-operate has prevented them from recording his statement over the murder of a Mongolian model.

“The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has asked the witness P. Balasubramaniam to be present to have his statement taken so that the investigation papers can be completed as soon as possible,”
MACC said in a statement issued by the commission’s corporate communication division.

It said that the anti-graft body was willing to meet Balasubramaniam in any Malaysian mission overseas.

“His failure to give [a] statement to [the] MACC has resulted in the investigation being incomplete and cannot be concluded,” said MACC.

“Thus far, we have taken the statements from witnesses including Deepak Jaikishan and the prime minister’s brother, Nazim Tun Razak,” the missive continued.

The MACC was referring to the murder case of Mongolian national, Altantuya Shaaribuu, but her name was absent from the statement.

Both Deepak and Nazim were alleged to have caused Balasubramaniam to withdraw his first sworn testimony regarding the case.

Balasubramaniam, whose current whereabouts are unknown, had accused the prime minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, of being involved in the murder of the Mongolian model, only to retract his statement with a second sworn testimony later.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, told Parliament yesterday that the MACC had recorded statements from both Nazim and Deepak, but that Balasubramaniam has refused to co-operate.

Nazri was responding to Batu MP Chua Tian Chang’s question on the progress of the case.

The minister stated in Parliament that arrangements were made with Balasubramaniam’s lawyers for a meeting at the Malaysian Embassy in Singapore, but the plan failed to materialise because the private investigator requested for a copy of the interview, should it have taken place.

Nazri said that was not possible, as the contents of the interview would be classified.

courtesy of Malaysian Insider

1 comment:

Chauncey Gardener said...

The current public relations campaign looks to make PI Bala to be the bad guy.