Since last night there was a rumour circulating that the Mongolian witnesses for the Altantuya’s trial would be “persuaded” to return home. Certain quarters have received information that Altantuya’s father, Mr. Stev Shariibuu was “fed-up” and wants to return home.
There was also information that the Honorary Consul for Mongolia Datuk Syed Abdul Rahman Alhabshi would be calling for a PC at 2pm at the Blue Wave Hotel, Shah Alam. After that, it was said that Shariibuu would leave the country.
At about 1am in the morning, I confirmed that there was no such notice from Shariibuu. However, at about 10am in the morning, Shariibuu said he was informed by the Consul for Mongolia that a PC would be called at 2pm, but gave no reason for it.Asked if he would be leaving the country, Shariibuu denied that there was such a deal.
He stressed “I am not going home. I am here for the trial. Whatever rumour is a lie. Even if the trial was postponed I will not go home. I have to think of what to do next,” said Shariibuu, through his lawyer, Bayar Puredorj.
At about 11.45am, Datuk Syed arrived at the hotel to see Shariibuu. Downstairs at the lobby, several reporters – International and local – have gathered and said that a PC at the Borak-Borak cafe would be called.
Lawyer doing the watching brief for Shariibuu, Mr Karpal Singh got to know about the new development and gave the Consul a call, but was told instead (by the Consul) that he (Consul) did not know why the PC was called.
The reporters waited for the PC, which was initially called for 12.30pm. But till 1.30pm, there was no sign of the people who called for the PC or those involved in it. It was believed that “some kind of persuasion” was going on upstairs. (Update: Lawyer Bayar later denied that there were any kind of “persuasion”).
At the about 1.45pm, the Consul, Shariibuu and lawyer Bayar came down for the PC.
At the PC, Mr Shariibuu reiterated his unhappiness about the delay in the trial, and revealed his frustration about Altantuya’s murder.
“She knows too much, that is why she was killed,” Shariibuu told reporters.
“(Abdul Razak) Baginda was afraid of her…… the crime is definite, (facts) accurate. The police is ready. What is the problem now?” he querried.
Abdul Rahmad also chipped in his support for Shariibuu, saying that the latter’s frustration was not potrayed in the media.
“People think he stays in a five star hotel, all sponsored for by the police. He is not happy. All the three girls (witnesses) want to run away,” he added.
Earlier, Mr Shariibuu complained about the various communications he had, via letters, to the government – PM Abdullah Badawi’s office and the Foreign Ministry.
He lamented that he did not received any reply for the said letters. He also querried why reporters did not carry his statements though he had often submitted information to the media.
The PC ended in about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, Karpal is meeting the Chief Justice at 4pm today. And PKR advisor Anwar Ibrahim had a PC on Altantuya at his office in Section 16.