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. 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
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.
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.
Submarine Purchase Investigation By French Courts
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. Evidence emerged that the manufacturers had paid bribes to Malaysian officials. 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. Baginda was acquitted by the courts, although 2 policemen involved in the murder were found guilty.
He is married to Mazlinda, a lawyer from Lincoln's Inn and former magistrate and they have one daughter born in 1987.
Notes and references
- "Deputy prime minister's friend acquitted in Malaysian murder trial". New York Times. 31 October 2008. Retrieved 14 April 2010.
- "Malaysian prime minister faces new allegations over submarine". December 16, 2012.
- "Body of evidence gives Malaysia's PM the jitters". May 5, 2012.
- "Malaysia denies corruption allegations in French submarine sale". Jun 26, 2012.
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