According to the Mongolian Notsoi Medee newspaper recently (reg: 2007 08/282), Altantuya’s father Stev Shariibuu had received death threats (column in blue). This is a speculative story which implicates the Malaysian government. According to the report, Shariibuu will be ‘disposed off’ by way of accident before or while on his way to the trial, scheduled for 4 June 2007 in Kuala Lumpur.
The story also mentioned about the fast-forward trial in June, which was carried forward from March 2008. The unverfied story also indicated that Malaysia wanted to end the trial soon as it was related to arms deals and weapon business.
To be fair, an advance trial would only be good for all sides and if we remember correctly, the accused persons, through their legal counsels, have asked for the earliest trial dates. Justice delayed is justice denied.
I was upset when I received this information. I have many misgivings about the country, but felt it was not fair to spread rumours implicating our government in this manner. Any harm to Shariibuu would be a total disgrace for the nation.
Moreover, the paper did not have any evidence to even imply that any Malaysian was planning this horrible crime. It cast a bad light, not only on our governance, but the Malaysian public on the whole.
According to sources, Shariibuu was unhappy to have read this story, saying he had never been threatened by anyone. The trial is only less than two months away, and we wish Shariibuu a safe journey to Malaysia.