Altantuya came to Malaysia to meet “Razak” – Dr Shaariibuu

Dr Shaariibuu Setev (picture), the father of slain Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu, told the High Court here today that his daughter had informed him that she wanted to meet a man  known as “Razak” in Malaysia in 2006.

Dr Shaariibuu, 69, who is a part time professor at Mongolian National University,  however said he did not know which Razak that was meant by her daughter, whether it was ‘Najib Razak’ (former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) or ‘Razak Baginda’ (political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda).

“All that she (Altantuya) told me was Razak. I did not know which Razak…Najib Razak or Razak Baginda,” he said when asked by his counsel Ramkarpal Singh at the hearing of a RM100 million suit filed by him and his family against two former policemen, Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar Umar, Abdul Razak and the Malaysian government.

Dr Shaariibuu also informed the court that he had asked Altantuya on the identitiy of  the “Razak” that she mentioned and the response from his daughter was that she wanted to seek help from that man to get medical treatment for her son.

The witness said Razak came into the picture during a conversation with his daughter at his house, a day before she left for Malaysia.

Ramkarpal: Did you know how this Razak look when your daughter told you about him?

Dr Shaariibuu: I don’t know.

Ramkarpal: Did you ask your daughter or did you try to find out who is Razak?

Dr Shaariibuu: We had a conversation and during our conversation, she went to the toilet and her phone was ringing. Her bag was in front of me. I opened her bag and I saw a photo.

Asked by Ramkarpal what was in the photo that the plaintiff saw, Dr Shaariibuu said, “I asked her specifically who they are because my daughter was in the picture. She answered they were the people she wanted to meet in Malaysia”.

Dr Shaariibuu said he later discovered  flight tickets purchased by Razak for Altantuya dated March 23, 2005 and receipt from Habib, dated March 4, 2005 for jewellery costing RM11,300 which was sold to Abd Razak Abdullah.

“I also discovered a letter from Abdul Razak Baginda dated March 2, 2006 to the deceased paying her a sum of USD18,0000. The letter was not signed by him, but it was signed by the deceased in acknowledgement of receipt of the said funds,” he said.

Earlier, Dr Shaariibuu told the court that he knew that his daughter had visited Malaysia in 2005 and 2006 but did not remember the month.

“I knew about it because she told me that she was going to Malaysia around that time. At that time, I did not ask her the reason for her travel to Malaysia, neither did she tell me. I do not know if that was her first trip to Malaysia. I knew she went again to Malaysia after she returned from Malaysia in Aug 2006.

Dr Shaariibuu said after Aug 2006, he knew Altantuya was going again to Malaysia when she called him over the phone to tell about the matter.

“I told her to come and see me before her departure. She came and met me around Oct 7 or 8, 2006. I had asked her why she travelled to Malaysia so often. I asked her if she had anybody as a reason to go to Malaysia so often to which she said yes.

“She told me she was in a relationship with a ‘big man’  in Malaysia and his name was Baginda. She said the trip was important for her because she wanted to arrange the treatment for her son,” he said.

Dr Shaariibuu and wife Altantsetseg Sanjaa and their two grandsons, Mungunshagai Bayarjargal and Altanshagai Munkhtulga, filed the RM100 million suit on June 4, 2007.

However, Altanshagai Munkhtulga’s name was later removed as a plaintiff as he died two years ago.

In the statement of claim, the family alleged that Altantuya’s death had caused them mental shock and psychological trauma, entitling them to be compensated with exemplary and aggravated damages.

The trial before Judge Datuk Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera continues on Monday.