Abdul Razak Baginda

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Abdul Razak Baginda (born 1960) is a former political analyst from Malaysia, and close associate of the Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak. He became prominent in 2006 when he was charged with abetting the murder of a Mongolian woman. He was acquitted on October 31, 2008 when the Malaysian High Court judge found no prima facie case against him.[1] He continued writing while in prison, where he was remanded in custody and published a book on foreign affairs that was started during his incarceration.

Early life and career[edit]

Baginda, as he is often known, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in politics and government from City Polytechnic, London in 1982. He continued to study and gained a master's degree in War Studies at King's College London in 1984. He subsequently began a D.Phil in International Relations at Trinity College, Oxford, which he successfully completed.[2]

In 1988, Baginda joined the Malaysian Armed Forces Defense College as a lecturer and eventually as the head of strategic studies. In 1993, he formed a think tank called the Malaysian Strategic Research Centre, which is based in Kuala Lumpur. It is responsible for the publication of many books on topics that include international relations, and such like. They regularly organise seminars on a myriad of local and international issues. He is also known to be an advisor to Najib Tun Razak.[3]

Submarine purchase investigation By French Courts[edit]

The French courts are investigating allegations of corruption in the purchases of two Scorpène submarines, by the Malaysian Ministry of Defense in 2002, in a deal brokered by Baginda, through companies belonging to Baginda and his family members namely Perimekar, KS Ombak Laut Sdn Bhd and Terasasi (Hong Kong) Sdn Bhd.[4] Evidence emerged that the manufacturers had paid bribes to Malaysian officials.[5]/ The $2 billion transaction netted a $200-million transaction fee for himself, as well as another $44 million for classified Malaysian defense ministry documents, paid by a subsidiary of the submarine manufacturer to a company owned by him. Shaariibuugiin Altantuyaa, a Mongolian woman hired as a French translator to facilitate the purchase of the submarines and mistress to Baginda, subsequently tried to blackmail Baginda for a $500,000 cut and was subsequently murdered.[6] Razak Baginda, his wife Mazlinda and Lodin Wok Kamarudin who are directors of Perimekar are to be called as witnesses in the investigation.[7]

Baginda was acquitted of the charge of conspiracy of the murder of Altantuyaa by the Malaysian courts, although 2 policemen involved in the murder were found guilty.[8][9][10]

The father of Altantuyaa has filed a RM100 million civil suit against Abdul Razak Baginda,the two police officers involved in her death and the Malaysian government.[11][12][13]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Mazlinda, a lawyer from Lincoln's Inn and former magistrate and they have one daughter born in 1987.[14]

After his acquittal in the murder trial of Altantuyaa, Abdul Razak headed to United Kingdom to received a degree at Oxford University.[15]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Deputy prime minister's friend acquitted in Malaysian murder trial". New York Times. 31 October 2008. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Malaysiakini". Malaysiakini. 2009-06-11. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  3. ^ Kaur, Jeswan. "PI Bala’s first statutory declaration". Free Malaysia Today. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  4. ^ "Scorpene-Altantuya: Who is Razak Baginda to Najib and Umno". Malaysia-chronicle.com. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 
  5. ^ Tahir, Alfian ZM (2012-06-26). "Scorpene scandal surfaces to trouble Najib". Free Malaysia Today. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 
  6. ^ Malaysia. "PI Bala: Razak Baginda regretted refusing Altantuya US$500,000 commission". The Malaysian Insider. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 
  7. ^ Kaur, Jeswan (2012-04-20). "Scorpene probe: Razak Baginda tops witness list". Free Malaysia Today. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  8. ^ "Malaysian prime minister faces new allegations over submarine". December 16, 2012. Archived from the original on December 20, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Body of evidence gives Malaysia's PM the jitters". The Australian. May 5, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Malaysia denies corruption allegations in French submarine sale". Reuters. Jun 26, 2012. 
  11. ^ Malaysia. "Karpal to call Najib and Musa Safri in Altantuya civil suit". The Malaysian Insider. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 
  12. ^ "Lawyers of Altantuya’s kin to speed up civil suit | Malaysia". The Malay Mail Online. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 
  13. ^ "Freemalaysiakini: Karpal to call PM and ex-aide in Altantuya civil suit". Freemalaysiakini2.blogspot.com.au. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 
  14. ^ Fung, Cecil (2008-08-13). "Archives | The Star Online". Thestar.com.my. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  15. ^ ":: BERNAMA Banking & Finance Special Page ::". Bernama.com. Retrieved 2014-03-02.