Najib denies Deepak allegations, says carpet dealer not credible
Datuk Seri Najib Razak denied tonight any involvement in the drafting of P. Balasubramaniam’s second sworn statement about the 2006 murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu.
He said carpet dealer Deepak Jaikishan’s allegations were not true, dismissing the claim as a non-issue.
The prime minister (picture) also said Deepak was not a credible person.
“Not true. (Deepak is) not a credible person. This is not an issue,” he told reporters tonight after chairing the Barisan Nasional (BN) supreme council meeting.
Deepak had recently admitted that he helped to get Balasubramaniam, a private investigator, to repudiate his earlier statutory declaration on the matter, including finding two lawyers to draft the new statement.
The Bar Council is investigating the identity of lawyers and possible misconduct in the drafting of Balasubramaniam’s second sworn statement about the 2006 murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu.
A cloud of mystery has hung over the identity of the lawyer who drew up Balasubramaniam’s second SD, dated a day after his first on July 3, 2008, regarding Altantuya’s 2006 murder, for which two elite police commandos have been convicted and are facing death sentences.
Americk had previously said M. Arunampalam’s role as the lawyer who had drafted Balasubramaniam’s second SD had been dispelled by well-connected businessman Deepak, who is also in the centre of the controversy surrounding Balasubramaniam’s two SDs.
He said Deepak had cleared Arunampalam ― whom the carpet dealer had engaged to handle his property transactions previously ― as a likely candidate for drafting the second SD.
He also said the clues were all assembled for the Bar Council to act upon and advised the body to check out lawyers who had previously worked for the politicians named in Balasubramaniam’s SD, to question them in an inquiry.
He pointed that only a handful of lawyers would have access to a prominent personality that had been named in Balasubramaniam’s SDs, out of the 14,000 members of the Malaysian Bar.
Senior lawyer Tan Sri Cecil Abraham, who has been linked to the second statutory declaration has refused to comment on his alleged role in preparing the document.
why did it take ages for you to refute? Or was it that you were searching for a suitable answer all this while? Come to think of it, we do understand because of your tight schedules and were busy disbursing money to the "needy".
So many weeks after Deepak's "expose", Najib finally finds the inspiration to deny the allegations. What a revelation!
The time that elapsed between the allegations and denial gives much food for thought. And for such serious allegations that Deepak made, Najib is only capable of making a lame denial. We expect Najib to take the matter to the courts to clear his name, and to go for the jugular.
Najib's reaction certainly does not commensurate with the strong and damaging allegations. Where are Najib's lawyers and advisers and defenders? Why are they so silent on the matter? Do we miss anything?
Something is brewing...and can we expect more fireworks in the days to come?
I don't think Najib is going to end this issue by simply saying that Deepak is not credible. We need more than that. For a carpet dealer, he seems to be able to get lucrative contracts from the government. I think there is connections somewhere