The Altantuya Murder case
Despite his anguish over the death of his daughter four years ago, Stev Shaariibuu (right) does not want to see the two police officers convicted for the gristly crime hang.
His daughter, Altantuya Shaariibuu was killed by two members of the Malaysian special action force, who blew her body into bits with explosives in a jungle clearing in Shah Alam on Oct 19, 2006.
“I want to ask for true humanitarian action. Please keep them in prison forever for I do not agree to the death penalty,” he said, in an email to Malaysiakini, through his Mongolian lawyer Munkhsaruul Mijiddorj.
“All I wish to say is that Mongolians are really waiting for this issue to be over, to see justice prevail soon after these four very long years,” added the university professor based in Ulan Baataar.
Wish already granted
“Millions of Malaysians may already have their wish but now the Malaysian government and lawyers need to open the key to the lock, everything in this world has a limit,” he said.
Shaariibuu was referring to the RM100 million suit filed for damages over his daughter’s death, with prominent Malaysian political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda (left), police officers Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar and the Malaysian government named as defendants.
He and his spouse Altantsetseg Sanjaa, and their two grandsons, Mungunshagai Bayarjargal and Altanshagai Munkhtulga, aged 13 and eight, filed the suit on June 4, 2007.
Altantuya’s (right) family members are guardians of her children, one of whom suffers from a medical disorder requiring expensive treatment.
However, it is learnt that the suit may be dismissed if her father is unable to meet the security cost imposed by the court.
Shaariibuu’s lawyer, Karpal Singh said that the court has demanded a RM1.25 million security bond as a condition for the trial to proceed.
“I have submitted (to the Attorney-General’s Chambers) an application to dismiss this cost as it is too much for Altantuya’s father to bear, he is already the victim in this whole affair,” said Karpal, who also held the watching brief for Altantuya’s family during the murder trial.
“However, it is legal for the court to ask for this amount and if Shaariibuu cannot come up with this money, the case may be dismissed,” added Karpal, who is also DAP parliamentarian for Bukit Gelugor, Penang.
Karpal’s application to dismiss this cost will be heard on March 30 at the Shah Alam High Court.
Refusing burden of responsibility
Karpal said that the government has distanced itself from the two police officers, and refused to bear responsibility for the crime as the duo acted on their own accord.
He added that the case may eventually be settled out of court although Shaariibuu may not receive the compensation amount he seeks.
Meanwhile, Shaariibuu expressed deep concern over the million ringgit security bond which he has to fork out to see his suit mentioned in court.
“The civil suit has to continue for the sake of Altantuya’s orphans who lost forever their right to call out ‘mother'”.
Financial constraints has prevented Shaariibuu from coming to Malaysia, however, the Mongolian embassy in Thailand has appointed a representative to attend to the case.
The suit was earlier postponed pending the appeal by the two officers against their death sentence.
The family is expected to seek damages for suffering, sorrow, and physical and mental anguish besides a declaration that as executors of Altantuya’s estate and on behalf of dependents, they were also entitled to special, aggravated and punitive damages.
Shaariibuu also lamented that he could not carry out a proper funeral for his daughter as some of her bones were still in Malaysia.
“We have asked to get back the rest of her bones from the government, but we received very rude responses,” said Shaariibuu, who declined to reveal who he was referring to.
“We (her family) really want to conduct a proper funeral for our daughter but could not till today,” he added.