Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Dad: One question remains, why kill her?

2:48PM Jan 13, 2015
By Susan Loone
"Why was my daughter killed?"

This is what Setev Shaariibuu is still struggling to understand after the Federal Court today sentenced two police personnel to death for the murder of his daughter, Mongolian national Altantuya.

However, Setev said his wife and Altantuya's two sons are glad to know that the culprits, Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar would hang for their crime.

"This means that the case for this is finally over and I can proceed with my civil suit against the Malaysian government, and the two officers which we hold responsible for her death, as the two were government officers at the time of Altantuya's murder," he told Malaysiakini, when contacted via his lawyer in Ulanbataar.

However, Setev continued to question the motive behind Altantuya's murder where she was blown up with explosives in a jungle clearing in Puncak Alam, Shah Alam, on Oct 19, 2006.

"Until today, I do not know why she was killed," he said, referring to the courts not establishing a motive for the murder.

Meanwhile, Setev also expressed concern that second accused Sirul is missing.

"I hope the police can find him soon, only then will justice for my beloved daughter be truly served," he said.

Setev also believes that the relationship between Malaysia and Mongolia, which he claims was strained following Altantuya's protracted murder trial, would improve with the latest decision.

"Justice is beginning to look good in Malaysia," he said.

The five-member Federal Court panel ruled that the prosecution had successfully proven its case beyond reasonable doubt.

The panel, headed by Chief Justice Arifin Zakaria, set aside the Court of Appeal decision to acquit the duo and upheld the death sentence.

Setev had filed his civil suit on June 4, 2007, to seek RM100 million in damages from political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda and the two police officers.

Abdul Razak, a close ally of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, was initially charged for abetting the murder but was later acquitted without his defence being called.

Setev filed the suit on behalf of his wife Altantsetseg Sanjaa and their two grandsons Mungunshagai Bayarjargal and Altanshagai Munkhtulga - then aged 13 and eight.

Setev and his spouse are guardians of Altantuya's children. The younger one suffers from a medical disorder which requires expensive treatment.

The family is seeking damages for "suffering, sorrow, as well as physical and mental anguish", including special, aggravated and punitive damages.
~ Malaysiakini

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