BABY PROOF: Political analyst faces DNA test

The political analyst has been remanded for 5 days. Lawyers are fighting for early release. The problem is, who’s the father of the murdered woman’s baby boy? And there’s a damning allegation from an arrested cop as well.

KUALA LUMPUR: A prominent political analyst being held for the murder of a Mongolian woman could be released early from remand. But this will not mean the end of problems for the 46-year-old analyst.

Problem Number One: The murdered womans family is bringing her toddler son from Mongolia and wants a DNA test to prove that he is the father of the child. Also, they are sending video recordings and photographs to assert their claim that the deceased and the analyst had a steady relationship, punctuated by holidays together in Europe and Shanghai. Their aim is to show that talk of her blackmailing him for US$500,000 (RM1.85 million) was unfounded.

Problem Number Two: His team of lawyers are arguing that he had no role in the murder of Attantuya Shaariibuu @ Aminah, had co-operated fully with investigators since his arrest and had lodged two police reports last month on being blackmailed by the woman. As such, he should not be held in remand for five days, as ordered by a magistrates court yesterday.

But their plan to get the 46-year-old released could be thwarted by a claim by one of three police personnel arrested in connection with the abduction and murder. The Chief Inspector with the Special Action Squad is alleging that he was offered US$30,000 to take care of the problem posed by the woman.

The New Straits Times understands that to date, police have yet to uncover evidence to back the claim.

The analyst, head of a think tank, was brought to court at 8am yesterday, escorted by three police officers and flanked by his lawyers Datuk Muhammad Shafee Abdullah and M. Puravalen. He was handcuffed but he concealed it with a white towel.

The police sought a full 14-day remand order against the suspect, but the suspects lawyers objected, arguing that their client had co-operated with the police.

Magistrate Manira Mohd Nor issued a five-day remand order against the political analyst to help police in their probe into the abduction and murder of Attantuya. The remand order ends on Nov 12 but his lawyers were seeking an early release of the analyst.

Yesterday police picked up a private investigator and his associate who had been working on the case. They are being questioned about the surveillance and investigations they had carried out.

Besides the political analyst, a chief inspector and a female lance corporal were also detained and remanded last week in connection with the case. The police also obtained a six-day remand extension order against the duo yesterday.

On Tuesday, another police constable was remanded for seven days. All three suspects were investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.

Attantuyas case came to light after her sister lodged a missing persons report on Oct 21. In the report, she identified the political analyst as a suspect.

The police learnt that the victim and the analyst were introduced to each other a couple of years ago. They struck up a relationship and had been seeing each other off and on abroad. The relationship is believed to have ended in March this year.

On Oct 9, Attantuya arrived in Kuala Lumpur with her sister and her cousin, and hired a private investigator to spy on the analyst.

The New Straits Times understands that Attantuya allegedly demanded US$500,000 as payment after he signalled the end of their affair.

She claimed that she had given birth to his child and threatened to go public if her demand was not met.

She tried to visit him at his office but was stopped by security staff. The analyst engaged the services of a security consultant to make sure that she did not continue to harass him.

At noon on Oct 19, Attantuya showed up outside his home in Bukit Damansara but was stopped from entering by a security officer.

She returned to the house at 10pm. A witness saw her being bundled into the car by two men and a woman.

The victim was believed to have been shot execution-style in Puncak Alam before her body was placed over some explosives and detonated.

Some key issues of the case so far
WHAT was the nature of the relationship between the political analyst and Mongolian woman?
Attantuya Shaariibuus family alleges that she and the analyst enjoyed more than just a platonic relationship. They allege that he paid for her trip to South Africa in December last year and spent holidays in Europe and South Africa.
They claim that they knew of her relationship with the analyst and had met him. The analyst does not deny knowing Attantuya but alleges that it is impossible that the child is his.

The point of contention.
Attantuyas family says that she came to Malaysia to obtain money to treat her toddler son.
But the political analyst alleges that a woman was extorting US$500,000 (RM1.82 million) from him and had harassed him with SMSes. He hired a security consultant to make sure that she was kept away from his office and home.
On one occasion, she managed to reach his office on Jalan Ampang in Kuala Lumpur but security called in the police. She claimed that her "husband was working as a director in one of the companys in the building. Police left thinking that this was a domestic dispute.

The last time she was seen alive.
At noon of Oct 19, Attantuya locates the analysts bungalow in Damansara Heights. But she is intercepted by a security consultant before she can enter the house. She is told to leave the area.
At 10pm, she returns to the house. While she hovers outside, a car swings by and she is bundled inside.
She manages to send an SMS to her sister saying that she is being taken away. Her taxi driver witnesses the drama.

The background of the deceased.
Her father is a contractor in the Sukhbaatar district, near the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator. She has completed secondary school education and has a younger sister.

How did the police personnel obtain the explosives to blow up her body?
This is the million-ringgit question which the police top brass are keen to find out. The police elite squads use explosives in their training but the key question is how did the breach of security happen?

How did the police personnel get involved in this case?
This is the key issue in this case how well-trained elite police personnel got involved in a personal matter.

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