A photo I took of the ‘Lion’ in his office in Puduraya, KL.
KARPAL SINGH, lawyer doing the watching brief for Altantuya’s dad, Stev Shariibuu, said he understood the latter’s outburst during a press conference yesterday at the office of PKR’s advisor Anwar Ibrahim in Kuala Lumpur.
The slow pace of the trial has taken its toll on Shariibuu and his family, said Karpal, in a press statement, that I obtained from his office today.
“Altantuya’s youngest son, who is 4 years old, is presently in hospital suffering from peripheral nerve paralysis and cannot walk. Further, his wife has just had a heart attack,” added Karpal.
Karpal expressed regret that the Malaysian government had not responded to the Mongolian government’s two letters, sent by its Prime Minister to Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
He urged Abdullah to pay attention to the two letters and relay his response immediately.
Shariibuu has gone to the extent of saying that diplomatic relations with the Malaysian and Mongolian government would be “severed” if the ongoing murder trial is “Not fair, free and speedy”.
“It goes without saying there should be a FAIR, FREE and SPEEDY trial. There should be transparency,” stressed Karpal.
Karpal also said that he had written to the Attorney General, Gani Patail, to ensure that the trial proceeds without any further delay.
“Every effort should be made to ensure the trial is fair and expeditious, fair and free. The eyes of the International world is on us. In fact our legal and judicial systems are themselves on trial”.