Public Accounts Committee (PAC) deputy chairperson Azizah Mohd Dun has dismissed a name for her committee to probe the controversial Scorpene submarine deal.
She additionally turned down a suggestion by DAP’s Iskandar Puteri MP Lim Kit Siang for PAC to interrogate the 2 former police personnel who had been convicted for the homicide of Mongolian nationwide Altantuya Shaariibuu.
Instead, Azizah stated that the MACC is the correct physique to probe the submarine case.
“The case of Altantuya is a police case while the Scorpene case is under the jurisdiction of the MACC. The MACC should probe the case,” she instructed Malaysiakini.
Yesterday, Lim steered the PAC examine the 2 circumstances following the French authorities charging Thales, a French firm, for complicity within the bribery of the Scorpene submarine deal in Malaysia 20 years in the past.
He additionally stated that PAC ought to contemplate interrogating the 2 former police personnel Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar Umar, who had been convicted for Altantuya’s homicide.
Azilah is on loss of life row whereas Sirul is searching for refuge in Australia.
Scorpene deal’s hyperlink to Altantuya
The DAP lawmaker added that the PAC can achieve this underneath Clause 77(d) of the Dewan Rakyat Standing Order.
The PAC’s specific mandate is to analyze issues regarding authorities finance. However, Altantuya was linked to at the very least one individual concerned within the procurement of the submarines.
Altantuya was murdered on Oct 18, 2006. When Sirul and Azilah had been tried for her homicide, it was revealed that Altantuya was having an affair with Abdul Razak Baginda, the proprietor of a number of corporations concerned within the Scorpene submarine deal.
Sirul and Azilah had been each convicted in 2009 however freed by the Court of Appeal in 2013. Upon being freed, Sirul fled to Australia, the place he’s underneath detention.
The Federal Court later overturned the attraction and reinstated the conviction that carries the loss of life sentence.
The duo proceed to take care of their innocence.
Azilah tried to hunt a evaluate of the Federal Court determination in 2019. In his statutory declaration, Azilah claimed he was given a “shoot-to-kill order” by then deputy prime minister Najib Abdul Razak on the grounds that Altantuya was a overseas spy.
Azilah’s utility for the evaluate was unsuccessful.
Interest within the submarine deal was renewed after it was confirmed that the French authorities have commenced formal investigations into Thales Group over kickback allegations within the 20-year-old deal.