Asia Sentinel has an update on July 1, NAJIB & ALTANTUYA: A PICTURE CONNECTS THEM.
Also read this update @ Malaysiakini.com: Najib refuses to respond to the photo controversy. His press secretary replied instead:
His press secretary Tengku Sarifuddin Tengku Ahmad said Najib would not issue any new statement on the claims by Burmaa Oyunchimeg, 26, during the ongoing murder trial of her counsin Altantuya.
“I wish to make it clear that the deputy prime minister had on several occasions when interviewed by the media previously and during the Ijok by-election had said that he had never met and known Altantuya and was not involved in the case.
“As such, the issue over the picture does not arise,” Tengku Sarifuddin told Bernama today
Picture courtesy of Malaysiakini Chinese.
An exclusive story on Malaysiakini Chinese (June 30) reported that it was learned from numerous sources that deputy prime minister Najib Abdul Razak’s secretary had told editors of the maintsream newspapers not to “blow up” the report about the alleged photograph of the DPM having dinner with Altantuya Shariibuu.
The report had been highlighted here and here based on proceedings in the controversial trial of the Mongolian woman who was blown up with C4 explosives in Malaysia. According to the (DPM’s) secretary, the witness, known as Amy, who spoke about the photograph in court on 29 June, 10th day of the trial, did not show proof of the three-person photograph, therefore, it was not fair to Najib, who was dragged into the matter. Hence, newspapers were told “don’t blow up”.
According to the Malaysiakini report, no mainstream newspaper had highlighted the story in their front-page and most of the news were downplayed.
Also, the Malaysiakini report added that all the English and Malay newspapers had blacked-out ex-DPM and PKR defacto leader Anwar Ibrahim’s criticism of the prosecution team and Najib. The reports merely mentioned about his comments regarding the recent withdrawals of members from the party, in the aftermath of PKR’s strongman Mohd Ezam Mohd Nor resignation from the party.