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Scorpene submarine deal resurfaces

Submarine deal resurfaces: Najib quizzed, Razak Baginda may be next

EXCLUSIVE | MACC has re-opened its investigations into the purchase of two Scorpene-class submarines when former premier Najib Abdul Razak was the defence minister.

Sources told Malaysiakini this was the reason Najib was summoned to the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya this morning.

“The case has been reopened,” said a high-ranking MACC officer, who declined to be named.

Sources said investigators working on the case, in which kickbacks were allegedly paid for the 2002 purchase of the submarines from France, might also call in others to facilitate the probe.

This, according to one of the sources, includes Najib’s former close associate Abdul Razak Baginda.

The submarines, which were purchased to beef up the navy’s fleet, had been named KD Tunku Abdul Rahman and KD Tun Razak.

The former arrived in Malaysia in September 2009, followed by the latter in July 2010.

Media reports stated that Najib arrived at the MACC headquarters about 9.30am to facilitate investigation over an unspecified case.

Mongolian national Altantuya Shaaribuu, who was murdered by two former elite police personnel, was also implicated in the deal.

However, documents which surfaced in 2013, including a contract signed on June 5, 2002, between the Malaysian government and French supplier DCN International, Spanish supplier Izar Construcciones Navales, and Malaysian service provider Perimekar Sdn Bhd had debunked this.

Razak Baginda, who confessed to having an affair with her, was acquitted of abetting the crime.

Najib has repeatedly denied having any links with the case.

In May 2018, former Federal Court judge Gopal Sri Ram urged the authorities to reopen the probe into the Scorpene deal.

He said it is necessary to relook into the purported kickbacks in the case owing to the other related allegations.

“This includes the handing over of suitcases of cash, coupled with a spending spree in Paris, as well as the dastardly murder of Altantuya.

“One may well ask why former attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail did not secure the arrest and detention of two police officers pending the public prosecutor’s appeal to the Federal Court,” he added.

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Former police special operations personnel chief inspector Azilah Hadri and corporal Sirul Azhar Umar were found guilty of murdering Altantuya in January 2015 and sentenced to death.

However, Sirul (photo) had fled to Australia when the pair was acquitted prior to the Federal Court overturning the decision.

In January 2016, it was reported that a former boss of an international subsidiary of Thales, the French company alleged to have paid the commissions to Najib and the Malaysian official, was indicted in a French court over the deal.

According to AFP, Bernard Baiocco, 72, former president of Thales International Asia (Thint Asia), was indicted on Dec 15, 2015 for “active bribery of foreign public officials linked to Najib Razak.”

The report named Razak Baginda, who is a former political analyst, as the person who allegedly received the kickbacks.

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Submarine deal resurfaces: Najib quizzed, Razak Baginda may be next
Hariz Mohd
19 Nov 2018 – Malaysiakini

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