See Elizabeth Wong for photos on Stev Shariibuu, and Merdeka Review on the Chinese version of the story.

Not many can understand what it is like to be surrounded by bodyguards 24 hours a day in a secluded hotel, without the comfort and love of family and friends. He is escorted everywhere to ensure his life is out of danger. But I am not afraid of my life, he says. “I have lost the most valuable thing in my life, what is there to be afraid of?”.

Indeed, how many can understand what it must be like to be waiting and waiting, and praying that there will be no more waiting?

Yet, Altantuya’s father, Mr Stev Shariibuu, maintains a cheerful demeanour, as he speaks about a trial that seems as elusive as the justice he seeks for his daughter.

“Six months back we were told that the trial will be on June 4. We were told to be present in Malaysia. But now that we are here, it is again postponed,” he said. “If they (courts) are not ready, why ask us to come?”

“If they are not ready, why not let the International courts handle this case?”

Shariibuu continues to feel crushed at the postponement of the trial, which was supposed to be heard on June 4, but is now forwarded to Monday, June 18. “We are not toys or games to play. They have underestimated me and the people of Malaysia”.

He added that the three other witnesses, including himself, were human beings, not toys.

“This is a violation of human rights. This is stressful,” he sighed. “I am tired, and recently my blood pressure was very high”.

Shariibuu stressed that the trial should start on June 18, after being postponed for two weeks, without any further delay. “If on the 18th, the trial is again postponed, it is very clear there is interference in this case”.

“This case is definite, there are no secrets. There is nothing hidden. Everything is clear. There is nothing to search or look for. My daughter is dead. The police had issued me a letter confirming her death,” he added.

He warned that the public would lose confidence in the judiciary if the trial continues to be postponed.

“If there is a long queue in the hospital, and someone at the last row faints, what would we do?” he querried, using this metaphor to explain the seriousness of his daughter’s murder case.

“The case should be finalised as soon as possible. My two grandsons are waiting for me”. He is left with Atantuya’s legacy – nine year old Mugunshagai and four year Altanshagai who is suffering from a rare disease. Despite various treatment, Altanshagai cannot walk.

He said he was not asking for money, power or position but honesty and compassion. The RM100 million suit he filed against the three accused and the government of Malaysia was to ensure that his grandson’s well-being. “Like after the war, there is reconstruction”.

“Life goes on, no matter what happens. My grandsons are growing”.

Shariibuu visited SUARAM’s office in Petaling Jaya yesterday, meeting friends who pledged their solidarity and support for his plight. He was accompanied by two bodyguards and his lawyer Bayar Puredorj, who is in Malaysia to monitor the case for the government of Mongolia as well as for the civil society groups.

He said most of Altantuya’s bones remain with the authorities as evidence, but due to this, his family could not organise a proper burial for his daughter. It could only be done after the trial (but when will the trial be over?)

“Have you seen anyone conduct a burial ceremony three or four times? My grandsons are always asking for their mom,” he said, looking pensive, obviously missing his family back home.

Meanwhile, Shariibuu continue to clamour for a free, fair and independent trial. “No one is above the law,” he says. He still awaits some kind of response from the government as the various letters he sent fell on deaf ears.

Silence is golden, they say, but not for Mr. Shariibuu. He is also miffed with the local mainstream media, adding that he cannot imagine why they did not publish his statement in full, although he added later that he understood their predicament as he was himself a journalist and studied journalism in Mongolia.

His came to the conclusion that he would rather speak to the International and alternative press after a recent experience with journalists at Karpal Singh’s office in Puduraya last week.

“I called them aside and said please publish my statement in full, but it was not (published),” he lamented. “If they could not open the curtain, just switch on the lights”.

(more later)

10 responses »

  1. monsterball says:

    I understand at 10.30am….the father will give a press conference at the Chinese Assembly Hall on Friday. Please take note. THANKS.

  2. mindspring says:

    Susan, everything is relative…….

    As much as I pain for for Shariibuu family, let not forget all those who are goign through worse…..

    Look at the pictures here:

    http://mindacergas.wordpress.com/2007/06/13/palestine-a-picture-tells-a-thousand-words/

  3. monsterball says:

    Yes mindsprings…Thousands murdered ….raped and bombed to death for not one tiny reason at all. Those are the real sad cases.
    What we Malaysians are actually supporting is real justice for the mongo girl murder. JUSTICE bought all of us together for so many weeks….now few more days to wait again.
    Looks like all of us want JUSTICE….and some can hope justice be shown through God’s will only.
    Lets hope the father have both….man and God behind him.

  4. arifabdull says:

    Waaahhhh!!!
    Uncle Monty are famous now.

    Any comments?

  5. wits0 says:

    The Paleos are fighting each other fiercely other now in Gaza. You can’t preach unfettered hatred without it righfully engulfing yourself. Their kar-mas must run over their dog-mas and Ham-ass is there to quicken things.

  6. wits0 says:

    “He warned that the public would lose confidence in the judiciary if the trial continues to be postponed.”

    Naturally, and hope he’ll specifically refute what he was alleged to have said earlier, according to the dubious Bernama news report, regarding his expression of confidence in the M’sian System.

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  8. ghenjis khan says:

    I am asham to see that most, if not all of the Judge, DPP and AG and including the accused are all Muslims .

    They have shown very bad example to the Mongolian family.

    And our PM , DPM are all Muslims, why can’t you do something about it.

    What a shame!

    [no wonder they ransacked Baghdad when their emisary were beheaded by a sultan ]

  9. simon wee says:

    The first two days of trial saw the reporters unable to agree on this point: Did or didn’t Razak Baginda make the police report of extortion by the late Altantuya. There are conflicting versions on this point. Sample this:

    The Star

    Tun Abdul Majid said that upon confiding in a senior police officer friend about his problems, Abdul Razak was advised to lodge a police report in view of the serious threats.
    However, the political analyst did not do so and in turn, asked his friend to keep whatever he told him a secret. Abdul Razak then met C/Insp Azilah at his office at the Bangunan Lembaga Getah Asli on the morning of Oct 18 after his friend gave him his number.

    New Straits Times

    Balasubramaniam: Because she was extorting money from him.
    Tun Majid: Based on your experience, isn’t extortion a criminal offence?
    Balasubramaniam: Yes. I advised him to lodge a police report.
    The court was told that Razak did lodge a police report. He was accompanied to the police station by a lawyer friend identified only as Darren.

    Bernama

    He said that after Abdul Razak refused to meet Altantuya at his office, she went to his house and caused a scene before she was taken to the police station to lodge a report.

    “Abdul Razak, through his private investigator, asked the deceased not to lodge a police report because he was worried about the publicity in the press and the private investigator also advised him to lodge a police report but he didn’t. He also did not follow the advice to get the help of Immigration to deport the deceased,” he added.

    Utusan
    Rentetan cerita tersebut tidak terputus apabila terdapat keterangan yang menunjukkan Abdul Razak telah menceritakan masalah ugutan Altantuya kepada rakannya, seorang pegawai kanan polis.
    Rakannya itu telah menasihati Abdul Razak untuk membuat laporan polis memandangkan ancaman Altantuya adalah serius, namun tertuduh itu tidak berbuat demikian.
    Abdul Razak yang telah meminta rakannya itu supaya merahsiakan apa yang telah diceritakan, sebaliknya telah meminta rakannya itu memperkenalkan seorang pegawai polis dari Balai Polis Brickfields untuk membantunya menyelesaikan masalah dengan Altantuya.

    If he did make the police report over the extortion bid then he might have nothing to hide and this could be just a simple extortion case went wry.

    If he did not make that police report then he might have something to hide. All the inferences that this case has a political implication could be bolstered further.

    At this initial stage what has been unfolded in court is purely a love affairs turned sour leading to the murder. The political inferences may come during cross-examination of the prosecution witnesses and later the testimonies of the defence witnesses.

    The case also underscore the importance of getting the right person for the right job.

    Getting policemen with access to explosives and firearms would result in a “blow up” job (jeffooi’s joke).

    Private investigators of which I was one, with no access to explosives and firearms would resort to cleaner and quieter resolution.

    There was a case in Singapore in which a man befriended a vagabond, insured him for S$500,000 and then took him to Cambodia where he drown in a bath tub.

    He returned to Singapore and made the insurance claim but was rejected, He sue and the case was dismissed on the following grounds:-
    1. The vagabond’s drowning was under mysterious circumstance; and
    2. The man had no “insurable interest” over the vagabond.

    If the drowning were to happen in Singapore he would not only lost his claim but also his life through hanging for murder.

    A private investigator would instead advise to him to lure her to Cambodia on promises of conciliation and then adopt the bath tub strategy.

    Of course the PI would have other methods as just as clean and quiet. But the moral of the story is: If one must take a bath in Cambodia, never use a bath tub.

  10. Jojo says:

    Mr. Shariibuu’s lawyers surely will advise him to be patient and be present during the entire trial. I believe Malaysians want to see justice in their country. If justice is not carried out accordingly, Malaysians themselves will be in fear living in Malaysia. Imagine, policemen cannot be trusted. Imagine people in politics can order policemen or their bodyguards to kill people they dislike. The murder was carried out by three muslim people, and the way Altantuya was killed was barbaric and mean. The murder was likened to a terrorist style killing by blowing innocent people with a bomb. And the bomb belongs to the government of Malaysia. Altantuya’ lawyers will give a good fight in the court.

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