Murdered Mongolian’s family seeks justice from Malaysia as lawsuit finally starts

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Malaysia’s new government likely to reopen Mongolian model murder caseThe family of a Mongolian woman whose killing was allegedly linked to Malaysia’s toppled leader is hoping for justice in a civil lawsuit that started this week, their lawyers said on January 25.

Altantuya Shaariibuu was shot dead and her body blown up with military-grade plastic explosives near Kuala Lumpur in 2006. Her death is said to be part of a scandal involving claims an associate of ousted prime minister Najib Razak arranged huge kickbacks for the purchase of French submarines in 2002.

Allegations have long circulated that Najib – then deputy premier – and his wife Rosmah Mansor were involved in the killing. Both have denied the claims.

Najib reiterated that he has never met Altantuya, after a witness testified that she saw a photograph showing them together, although she later said she believed the photo to be fake.

“That is slander. Lies. I never met her. I swore in a mosque about this,” Najib told reporters on January 23.

It is understood that Altantuya was in a relationship with political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, a close aide to Najib.

Two government bodyguards were convicted of the murder and sentenced to death, with one subsequently fleeing to Australia. Baginda was also tried but acquitted of abetting the crime.

In 2007, Altantuya’s family, led by her father Shaariibuu Setev, filed a 100 million ringgit ($24.2 million) lawsuit against the government, the bodyguards and Baginda. The case was delayed until the criminal trial wrapped up, but finally got under way this week.

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The family of a Mongolian woman whose killing was allegedly linked to Malaysia's toppled leader is hoping for justice in a civil lawsuit that started this week, their lawyers said on January 25. Altantuya Shaariibuu was shot dead and her body blown up with military-grade plastic explosives near Kuala Lumpur in 2006. Her death is said to be part of a scandal involving claims an associate of ousted prime minister Najib Razak arranged huge kickbacks for the purchase of French submarines in 2002. Allegations have long circulated that Najib – then deputy premier – and his wife Rosmah Mansor were...

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Malaysia’s new government likely to reopen Mongolian model murder caseThe family of a Mongolian woman whose killing was allegedly linked to Malaysia’s toppled leader is hoping for justice in a civil lawsuit that started this week, their lawyers said on January 25.

Altantuya Shaariibuu was shot dead and her body blown up with military-grade plastic explosives near Kuala Lumpur in 2006. Her death is said to be part of a scandal involving claims an associate of ousted prime minister Najib Razak arranged huge kickbacks for the purchase of French submarines in 2002.

Allegations have long circulated that Najib – then deputy premier – and his wife Rosmah Mansor were involved in the killing. Both have denied the claims.

Najib reiterated that he has never met Altantuya, after a witness testified that she saw a photograph showing them together, although she later said she believed the photo to be fake.

“That is slander. Lies. I never met her. I swore in a mosque about this,” Najib told reporters on January 23.

It is understood that Altantuya was in a relationship with political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, a close aide to Najib.

Two government bodyguards were convicted of the murder and sentenced to death, with one subsequently fleeing to Australia. Baginda was also tried but acquitted of abetting the crime.

In 2007, Altantuya’s family, led by her father Shaariibuu Setev, filed a 100 million ringgit ($24.2 million) lawsuit against the government, the bodyguards and Baginda. The case was delayed until the criminal trial wrapped up, but finally got under way this week.

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