Monday, July 21, 2008

Karpal files motion to recall PI Bala - The Star


Prominent lawyer Karpal Singh, who is holding a watching brief for the family of slain Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaariibuu, has filed a notice of motion to recall private investigator P. Balasubramaniam to give evidence in the murder case.

“It’s an important application and we are asking that the judge invokes his powers under the Criminal Procedure Code Section 425 to recall Balasubramaniam and further examine him as a witness in view of his first Statutory Declaration (SD) made on July 1 where he made several significant declarations whereby naming people in high places,” he said.

The application, which was filed with the Registrar’s Office in the High Court here on Monday, also asked the court to summon Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak; Brickfields police's criminal division head DSP Musa Safri, CID chief DSP Idris Adul Karim; and lawyer Dhiren Rene Norendra.

Karpal Singh said the application was made on the grounds of public interest as in the first SD, the former policeman linked Najib to the murdered Mongolian woman.

“On July 4, in a complete turnaround, Balasubramaniam filed another SD retracting the earlier sworn document. We have to get the court to re-evaluate this man’s evidence given in court in view of the conflicting SDs that throw a shadow of doubt over the evidence he gave in court as a key witness,” he added.

Karpal Singh said the court has to ascertain if the evidence given in the first SD was true and if it was, then the court has a duty to summon Balasubramaniam and Najib to give evidence.

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