SHAH ALAM: A cousin of slain Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu told the High Court that a photo of the deceased together with political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda and a deputy prime minister, which was produced to the court, is fake.
“It is a poor photoshop technique and it is absolutely fake,” said Burmaa Oyunchimeg, 37, when senior federal counsel Jasmee Hameeza Jaafar, who acted for the Malaysian government, referred to her a photo of the trio.
Burmaa, however, said she had seen the real photo of Altantuya sitting together with two men, which was taken in Paris in 2005, and they were smiling at the camera.
“Altantuya had shown the original photo with hundreds of other photos in one album to me, including the photo of her and Abdul Razak in a Ferrari when we (Burmaa and Altantuya) were in Ulan Bataar, Mongolia,” she said at the hearing of a RM100mil suit filed by Altantuya’s family against two former policemen, Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar Umar, Abdul Razak and the Malaysian government.
The sales associate, based in Chicago in the United States, also said the original photo was not in her possession and she did not know what had happened to it.
“What I know, Mr Ang (a private investigator hired by Altantuya) told me that he had seen the photo in Altantuya’s possession,” she said.
Burmaa also told the court that Altantuya had hired Ang to track down Abdul Razak.
The first witness for the plaintiffs said Altantuya had informed her that she had asked Ang to find Abdul Razak after she failed to reach him.
Asked by counsel Manjeet Singh Dhillon, acting for Abdul Razak, whether his client had ever told her anything about not being able to meet Altantuya. Burmaa said, “Yes, Razak Baginda sent me a message and told that he could not meet Altantuya.”
Burmaa also said she had queried Altantuya on the matter and Altantuya had informed her that there was a small problem and told her not to reply to Razak’s message.
On June 4, 2007, the parents of Altantuya, Dr Shaariibuu Setev and wife Altantsetseg Sanjaa and their two grandsons, Mungunshagai Bayarjargal and Altanshagai Munkhtulga, filed a RM100mil suit against two former policemen, Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar Umar, Abdul Razak and the Malaysian government.
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.
The trial before Justice Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera continues today with Dr Shaariibuu expected to take the stand. — Bernama