Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) has expressed absolute surprise that PI Balasubramaniam has retracted his first Statutory Declaration which they insist he made voluntarily, according to a Star report. (PKR 'absolutely surprised' by Bala's retraction)
PKR vice-president R. Sivarasa said he believed Balasubramaniam had been under pressure by "interested parties" to withdraw the first statutory declaration that had been released yesterday..
He said it was obvious that someone or "interested parties" got Balasubramaniam to change his statement, adding that there was a pattern of manipulation in this.
He said that during the press conference (at the PKR headquarters on yesterday) "...you can tell from his demeanour that he was speaking voluntarily."
"Then he changes overnight. This is very unusual," said Sivarasa who is a lawyer by profession.
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Malaysiakini reports that Private detective P Balasubramaniam today retracted his stunning statutory declaration which had linked Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to murdered Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu.
Balasubramaniam, a former PI to political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, retracted several paragraphs of his statutory declaration which he made less than 24 hours ago and has replaced it with a new Statutory Declaration.
He told a press conference that he had been forced to make the declaration under duruss, although he didnt say who forced him to affirm the first declaration.
Among the parts retracted are that Najib introduced Razak to Altantuya and that the DPM had a sexual relationship with her.
In his Statutory Declaration yesterady, Balasubramaniam claimed that the police had omitted pertinent information allegedly linking Najib with the Altantuya murder case, although he said he had informed police what Razak had purportedly told him prior to Altantuya's murder.
PI retracts stunning statutory declaration
Jul 4, 08
Private detective P Balasubramaniam today retracted his stunning statutory declaration which had linked Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to murdered Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu.
The said declaration also had claims that Najib had a sexual relationship with Altantuya and that he was the one who had introduced Altantuya to Abdul Razak Baginda.
Balasubramaniam said that he was forced to make the declaration under duress.
At a press conference in a hotel in Kuala Lumpur this morning, he produced a new statutory declaration. Also with the PI was his new lawyer. His lawyer, Americk Sidhu, who was with him yesterday was unaware of the latest development.
The press conference is still underway.
Yesterday Balasubramaniam made shocking revelations that he had heard from Abdul Razak himself on the links between Najib and Altantuya.
But today he said that he wanted to withdraw the first statutory declaration filed on July 1 and replace it with the new one which he revealed today.
"I wish to retract the first declaration. I was compelled to affirm the July 1 declaration under duress," he said.
He however did not reveal who forced him to affirm the first declaration. Balasubramaniam was hired by Abdul Razak to deal with Altantuya in 2006 when she started 'harassing' the former head of think-tank and a close confidant of Najib.
The P.I.'s 4th of July Statutory Declaration: Here
(This is just unbelievable. A real circus but ...it's no laughing matter! What's next? )