Malaysia’s ex-PM ordered Mongolian model’s murder, former bodyguard claims

Malaysia's Ex-pm Ordered Mongolian Model's Murder, Former Bodyguard Claims

A Malaysian police officer and ex-bodyguard on death row for the 2006 slaying of a Mongolian model has accused Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak of ordering him to kill the woman, according to media reports and the policeman’s lawyer.

Azilah Hadri and another police officer, who were Najib’s bodyguards at the time, were sentenced to death in 2015 for killing 28-year-old Altantuya Shaariibuu.

Najib, who lost a general election last year and is also facing charges of corruption on a massive scale, has denied knowing the woman, but the question of who ordered the killing has never been answered.

Azilah said in a statutory declaration published by news portal Malaysiakini that Najib ordered him to covertly “arrest and destroy” Altantuya because she was “a foreign spy and a threat to national security.” The former guard also said Najib told him to “shoot to kill” when he asked for clarification, and that the former premier told him to then dispose the body using explosives kept by the police’s Special Actions Unit.

“I asked [Najib] what he meant by arrest and destroy the foreign spy, he responded: “Shoot to kill, and indicating it with a ‘slit the throat’ gesture,” Azilah said, according to Malaysiakini.

Former PM alleges political motives behind the accusations

Najib denied the allegations and accused the Malaysian government of using Azilah to orchestrate a political attack against him.

“I have been told that this new tale will provide a way for the government to arrest and imprison me without bail, as no bail is allowed for murder cases,” Najib said on his Facebook page.

Najib lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah claimed there was a co-ordinated effort to “kill off” his client with “absurd allegations” concerning events leading up to Altantuya murder.

“It is laughable that my client would tell Azilah to abduct the woman and kill her… and to demonstrate how this should be done by running a finger across his throat. It is something unbelievable,” Shafee said, adding that it was “mind-boggling” that Azilah was coming up with the latest allegations ten years after the case had gone through all three courts, Malaysia’s High Court, Court of Appeal and Federal Court.

Meanwhile, Najob’s daughter Nooryana Najwa also slammed allegations that he was involved in the murder of Altantuya.

“My father is not a murderer,” she said in an Instagram post on December 16,



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A Malaysian police officer and ex-bodyguard on death row for the 2006 slaying of a Mongolian model has accused Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak of ordering him to kill the woman, according to media reports and the policeman's lawyer. Azilah Hadri and another police officer, who were Najib’s bodyguards at the time, were sentenced to death in 2015 for killing 28-year-old Altantuya Shaariibuu. Najib, who lost a general election last year and is also facing charges of corruption on a massive scale, has denied knowing the woman, but the question of who ordered the killing has never been answered....

Malaysia's Ex-pm Ordered Mongolian Model's Murder, Former Bodyguard Claims

A Malaysian police officer and ex-bodyguard on death row for the 2006 slaying of a Mongolian model has accused Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak of ordering him to kill the woman, according to media reports and the policeman’s lawyer.

Azilah Hadri and another police officer, who were Najib’s bodyguards at the time, were sentenced to death in 2015 for killing 28-year-old Altantuya Shaariibuu.

Najib, who lost a general election last year and is also facing charges of corruption on a massive scale, has denied knowing the woman, but the question of who ordered the killing has never been answered.

Azilah said in a statutory declaration published by news portal Malaysiakini that Najib ordered him to covertly “arrest and destroy” Altantuya because she was “a foreign spy and a threat to national security.” The former guard also said Najib told him to “shoot to kill” when he asked for clarification, and that the former premier told him to then dispose the body using explosives kept by the police’s Special Actions Unit.

“I asked [Najib] what he meant by arrest and destroy the foreign spy, he responded: “Shoot to kill, and indicating it with a ‘slit the throat’ gesture,” Azilah said, according to Malaysiakini.

Former PM alleges political motives behind the accusations

Najib denied the allegations and accused the Malaysian government of using Azilah to orchestrate a political attack against him.

“I have been told that this new tale will provide a way for the government to arrest and imprison me without bail, as no bail is allowed for murder cases,” Najib said on his Facebook page.

Najib lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah claimed there was a co-ordinated effort to “kill off” his client with “absurd allegations” concerning events leading up to Altantuya murder.

“It is laughable that my client would tell Azilah to abduct the woman and kill her… and to demonstrate how this should be done by running a finger across his throat. It is something unbelievable,” Shafee said, adding that it was “mind-boggling” that Azilah was coming up with the latest allegations ten years after the case had gone through all three courts, Malaysia’s High Court, Court of Appeal and Federal Court.

Meanwhile, Najob’s daughter Nooryana Najwa also slammed allegations that he was involved in the murder of Altantuya.

“My father is not a murderer,” she said in an Instagram post on December 16,



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