M'sian PM Najib: No evidence linking me to murder of Mongolian model
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Thursday (April 9) that there was no evidence linking him to the 2006 murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Sharibuu.
"No evidence exists at all that I ever knew Altantuya. (There are) no pictures, writings, witnesses – there is nothing.
"And the courts have decided this, all the way up to the Federal Court," said Mr Najib during a televised interview with TV3.
The murder involved two officers of Mr Najib’s personal security detail.
Rumours abound that the motive for the killing was to prevent her from talking about kickbacks to Malaysian officials.
'This matter did not arise'
Mr Najib questioned why people were challenging the integrity of the courts, which he said should be defended.
Said Mr Najib: "This is a 2008 story. It is an old story. I have sworn an oath three times when entering a mosque in Permatang Pauh that I did not know Altantuya at all and I had no direct or indirect involvement with her.
"At the time I was Tun Abdullah Badawi's Deputy Prime Minister and the Attorney-General had come out with a statement saying that I was not involved."
He also denied that former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had raised questions about Ms Altantuya in his discussions with him.
"We talked about it once, but in the discussions I saw that he did not question my involvement in the Altantuya case and this matter did not arise at all when I spoke with him," he said.
Dr Mahathir recently attacked Mr Najib in his blog over problems with the economy and the debt-laden 1MDB state fund. He also called for an investigation into the murder.
Sources: The Star, Reuters
Other points Mr Najib brought up during the televised interview
1. Dr Mahathir wanted me to build ‘crooked bridge’
"He had a few concerns which he wanted me to address, and I have shared my views on those matters. He did not approve of the 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M) scheme and he asked me to build the crooked bridge to replace the current Johor causeways."
2. 'I will accept all criticisms' from Dr Mahathir
"I will accept all criticisms from Tun Mahathir, but I wish to state that the reality is that I am responsible to the people and the party."