Raja Petra Kamaruddin, editor of online political portal Malaysia Today.net supposedly made this statutory declaration (SD) against a wife of a VVIP was directly involved in the murder of murder Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu, almost two years ago.
The SD was filed at Commissioner of Oath, registered under the jurisdiction of Kuala Lumpur High Court on 18 June 2008.
SD has been defined as
Statutory declarations are commonly used to allow a person to affirm something to be true for the purposes of satisfying some legal requirement or regulation when no other evidence is available. They are thus similar to affidavits (which are made on oath).”
At this point of time, the SD is still unable to be authenticated.
However, failing to authenticate it, there are questions still needed to be addressed. What is the intention of Raja Petra making this SD now? Isn’t this subjudice to the on going case in the Shah Alam High Court?
Why is a third person (Raja Petra) to the murder, be making the SD? How could Raja Petra be making a SD to something he was never part or witness of?
Does Raja Petra really have evidence to prove his story, as per made in the SD? Why Raja Petra did not make a Police report on the issues he alleged in the SD, so that a proper investigation is made?
Is this SD made in the name of finding the truth (justice) or it has some underlying political motive?
This SD contains a very serious charge, which also implicates two serving army officers in the Malaysian Armed Forces and alleged a HRH Ruler has been briefed about this so-called crime. He also alleged that a Military Intelligence Officer made a report on this to the Prime Minister and later it was passed to Khairy Jamaluddin for safe keeping.
According to Wikipedia, “Intentionally making a false statement as a statutory declaration is a crime equivalent to perjury, and punishable by fines and/or a prison sentence”.
Will Raja Petra respect the law, legal process and what ever, however and when ever the court’s decision, include being imposed against him, based on this SD that he made on 18 June 2008 in Kuala Lumpur?