Suaram: Time for inquiry into Scorpene scandal and murder of Altantuya

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KUALA LUMPUR: With the indictment of Abdul Razak Baginda over graft allegations by a French court, Suaram wants a full public inquiry into the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu and the motive for her murder.

It also wants the inquiry to cover the allegations of commissions paid for the purchase of Scorpene submarines by Malaysia from the French.

Razak Baginda was an aide of then defence minister and current Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Suaram adviser Kua Kia Soong said in a statement today: “The prosecution of the (murder) case has been tardy from the start, with the failure to establish the motive for Altantuya’s murder being the most questionable of all. Read more

Scorpene: Apandi urged to cooperate with French investigators

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PETALING JAYA: Anti-graft activist Cynthia Gabriel today called on Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali to offer his full cooperation to French investigators who have charged two former top executives in a probe into alleged kickbacks from the 2002 US$1.1 billion sale of two Scorpene submarines to Malaysia.

Cynthia, who leads the Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4), said the 15-year-old Scorpene case could be solved speedily if Putrajaya gave its cooperation.

Apandi, she said, should abide by the United Nations Convention Against Corruption which Malaysia had signed.

“The convention provides for its signatories to cooperate to stamp out cross-border corruption,” she told FMT. Read more

Suaram hails indictments in French Scorpene probe

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PETALING JAYA: Human rights NGO Suaram, which in 2009 filed a suit against a French defence company over irregularities in the sale of two Scorpene-class submarines to Malaysia, today welcomed the French investigators’ decision to indict two former top executives involved in the deal.

 Suaram executive director Sevan Doraisamy said that after such a long time without any development in the case, the NGO was cheered by the latest news.

“We have waited a long time. This is definitely what we have been hoping for, if the case proceeds. Malaysians have the right to know what happened,” he told FMT. Read more