Balasubramaniam Testifies Further in Altantuya Murder Trial

20 June 2007
Shah Alam

The private investigator, P. Balasubramaniam, who was hired by Abdul Razak Baginda, said he saw Mongolian beauty Altantuya Shaariibuu drop off from a taxi at 7:50pm at Abdul Razak’s house. She then walked to the red Proton Wira driven by Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri on 19 October 2006.

Altantuya had told Balasubramaniam about her background until the policeman drove there. Azilah Hadri then asked if he was “Bala” and if the woman with him “was the woman”. The policeman then made a few phone calls and returned to Balasubramaniam and told him that he would take Altantuya with him.

After she had sat in the back seat of the car, a female passenger who was at the front passenger seat changed places with a male passenger at the back. The policeman paid the taxi driver RM50 and drove the Wira off.

Balasubramaniam then met Abdul Razak on 20 October 2006 afternoon to collect his payment. He asked the political analyst where Altantuya was detained, but Abdul Razak said he did not know because the policeman did not inform him. After Abdul Razak had paid him, he asked him to continue to guard his house every night until 26 October 2006.

The private investigator had also identified in court Gal Orchir Uuriintuya and Namiraa Gerelmaa as the two Mongolian women with Altantuya on 16 October 2006 outside of Abdul Razak’s house. Gal Orchir is believed to be Altantuya’s cousin and Namiraa was her friend.

Balasubramaniam had went to Abdul Razak’s house on 21 October 2006 when he was called and saw the two women and Altantuya’s private investigator known as Ang. They were causing a commotion there, claiming that Altantuya was held in Abdul Razak’s house. Shortly thereafter, a police officer reached the house in response to a missing person’s report made by Ang.

Earlier on 17 October 2006, Altantuya was at the Brickfields police station, threatening to make a police report against Abdul Razak if she did not get US$500,000 and three air tickets to Mongolia. Ang advised her against this and said he would help to make the request to Abdul Razak via Balasubramaniam.

Altantuya was outside Abdul Razak’s house earlier that evening. Balasubramaniam quoted her saying “Razak bastard, you come out! I want to speak to you”, but Abdul Razak refused to appear.

After that incident, Balasubramaniam said he met with Abdul Razak and his lawyer Dhiren Rene Norendra at the Starbucks cafe in Pusat Bandar Damansara and asked for two more men to be stationed at Hotel Malaya where Altantuya and her two Mongolian companions stayed. Balasubramaniam was on stand by at Abdul Razak’s residence while his assistant, K. Suras Kumar, was guarding Abdul Razak’s office.

Also in court today, the prosecution showed a number of SMS and phone call records that Balasubramaniam had made or received between 17 and 21 October 2006. One of the SMS received from Abdul Razak on 20 October 2006 said “A lies too much. The taxi man is another victim of A”. Balasubramaniam told the Deputy Public Prosecutor that “A” had meant Altantuya.

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