This is the A-Z of the 2006 murder by C4 plastic explosives of Mongolian national Altantuya who became embroiled in the Malaysian government’s US$2.3 billion Scorpene Stealth Submarines procurement contract with France. Author E.S. Shankar makes it clear that the slaying of Altantuya Shaariibuu was not an unpremeditated execution carried out by two “rogue” cops, who had no motive whatsoever to kill her. Till today, the police, attorney-general and government have refused to investigate the case to establish who gave the orders to kill Altantuya, while the high court acquitted the one person who did have such a motive, without calling for his defense. This case represents one of the most shocking examples of government interference in the judiciary in Malaysian legal history. It bodes ill for the already tattered and torn image and reputation of those in the highest echelons of the police force, judiciary and the Executive branch of the Malaysian government.
In the book’s final chapter modeled after the famous 1898 expose ‘J’accuse’ by Émile Zola, E.S. Shankar lays firmly the blame for a massive cover-up right at the door-step of Malaysia’s prime minister Najib Tun Razak and what he has branded, as his government of thieves.
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Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak (husband, Malaysia), Rosmah Mansor (Najib’s wife) & Abdul Razak bin Abdullah Malim Baginda (defense strategist, Muslim Malaysian Strategic Research Institute (MSRI) owner, PhD; International Relations, Trinity College, Oxford, UK) were going to be tried for the murder of Dr. Altantuya Shaariibuu (f, 28, Mongolian) on 10/28/2006.
She was pregnant. Gunshot wounds were noted. Explosives were also used.
This open case will never get the justice it deserves!
Najib’s bodyguards: Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri (30) & Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar (35) were tried & found guilty in 4/2009.
Abdul Razak Baginda (Najib’s BMF, Altantuya’s lover), was accused of participating in the murder but was freed of all charges.
Was this murder just a political cover up for the US $1 billion acquisition of DCNS France submarines by the Malaysian Navy & Najib (Malaysian ministry of defense)?
I forgot how hard it is to read case law, PS, or a criminology academic paper. Not exactly MLA.
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A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. Wow, a very well written international murder book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great international thriller movie, a college PP presentation, or better yet a mini TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars.
– Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn) July 18, 2017