Friday, July 4, 2008

First statutory declaration made voluntarily: Lawyer

Source : Malaysiakini

Lawyer Americk Singh Sidhu denied that private investigator P Balasubramaniam affirmed his first sworn statement under duress.


americk siva pc 040708 01Speaking to reporters at the PKR headquarters in Tropicana, Petaling Jaya today, Americk (photo, left) said that Balasubramaniam's statutory declaration filed on July 1 was made voluntarily.

Earlier today Balasubramaniam retracted that sworn statement which stunningly implicated Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak with the murdered Altantuya Shaariibuu.

He had said that he had affirmed that statement under duress . He did not reveal as to who forced him to sign that statement.

In place of that sworn statement, Balasubramaniam today released a new statutory declaration which removed all mention of Najib in it.

Americk earlier told Malaysiakini that he had no knowledge of Balasubramaniam's actions this morning, adding that the last he met with his client was at 4.45pm yesterday when he dropped him off at the Brickfields police station.

Balasubramaniam was represented by a new lawyer this morning.

At the press conference, Americk said that he met Balasubramaniam two month's ago.