Sirul’s confession was never admitted into evidence in the Shah Alam High Court.

In that confession, Sirul told police he and Azilah were to be paid between RM50,000 and RM100,000 (US$16,530-US$33,060) to kill the woman. Azilah, he said, told him that Musa Safri, Najib’s chief of staff and aide-de-camp, in turn had told Azilah “about a friend …who had women problems,” and that there was “a job to do.”

That job consisted of killing Altantuya and two girlfriends who were accompanying the translator from Mongolia in an attempt to get US$500,000 from Razak Baginda, apparently for her role as translator in a spectacular scandal involving a US$1 billion purchase of submarines in which тВм117 million were to be kicked back to a company owned by Razak Baginda.

Fortunately, when the two went to a hotel to kill the three women, according to the confession, they discovered closed-circuit television cameras in a hallway and decided against it. Later they abducted Altantuya from Razak Baginda’s house and stuffed her into a car, from which she was driven to the site where she was murdered.

However, neither Musa Safri nor Najib was ever called to court to explain who Musa was acting for or whether he ordered the woman’s killing, or who was going to pay the two the money.

– Extracted from “The Malaysian murder that won’t go away“, Asia Sentinel, 15 April 2011.