LAST_UPDATEWed, 18 Jul 2018 11pm

Altantuya's Father Renews Demand For Justice Over Model's Murder

PETALING JAYA: Justice and revelation of the truth was the focus of slain Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu's father, Setev, today.

Her father said the death of his daughter was like cancer that had spread through his family and he was now hoping the new Federal Government would be able to find the cure – to get to the truth of her murder.

"I have waited for a long time but now I hope justice will be served," Setev told a press conference, adding that he was very sad that his daughter never had the chance to see her children grow up.

He also called on the media to be the voice of justice for Altantuya.

"All this while a 'black book' had been written about the death of my daughter but today I hope a new book will start about her murder, a 'white book'," Setev said while describing how he felt about his daughter's murder.

He also denied receiving any funds from former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak but was curious as to why he was being asked such a question.

"I've heard this kind of rumours that Najib already paid money to me but it's not true," Setev said while jesting that the funds seized by the government from Najib should go to his family.

Asked if anyone else from BN had tried to pay him off, Setev said one person had "tried to be a hero" but that nothing came of it.

His translator Tugsbayar later clarified that this (somebody wanting to pay Setev) was also just a rumour.

"It is just a rumour that there was this person who wanted to be a hero and give money, but there was no such person," the translator said.

When asked about what he wants to discuss with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad when he meets him tomorrow, Setev said he never thought he would get such an opportunity.

He went on to say that he was overwhelmed to be given such an opportunity but can't think at the moment what he wants to say to Dr Mahathir.

He added that what is most important to his family is to see justice being done.

Altantuya, 28, was shot dead and her body blown up with military-grade plastic explosives outside Kuala Lumpur in October 2006.

Sirul Azhar Umar and Azilah Hadri were convicted of her murder in 2009 and sentenced to hang. They were later released when an appeals court overturned the conviction in 2013 ruling the High Court judge had erred.

The federal court, however, upheld their death sentences in 2015. Sirul fled the country ahead of that ruling while Azilah is currently on death row.