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Monday, June 23, 2008

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Police will be calling up Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin to investigate allegations in his recent statutory declaration on purported facts related to the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said the three individuals named in the document filed on June 18 would also be called up.

In the declaration, Raja Petra claimed that the trio - one of them a prominent woman - were present at the scene during the murder of the Mongolian translator in October 2006. Copies of the two-paged declaration together with the identity of the trio have been posted on various blog sites. In the document, Raja Petra said he was “reliably informed” of these allegations. Musa said the matter could be sub judice as the Altantuya murder case was still being heard.

He also said Raja Petra must be “brave enough to face the consequences if he is bold enough” to make the allegations. Meanwhile, the Attorney-General’s Chambers has lodged a police report against Raja Petra over the statutory declaration. Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail said the allegations were “highly defamatory” and if found untrue, those making the allegations would have to face the consequences.

“We want to investigate because we want the truth. As far as I am concerned, we have to look at it seriously.” “If it’s true, we will act accordingly. If not, the writer will be investigated,” he said, adding that the report was lodged in Putrajaya on Saturday. Raja Petra said he expected to be called up. He said he was bold enough to face the consequences. - The STaR ONLiNe