Abdul Razak Baginda

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Abdul Razak Baginda
Altantuya trial

Abdul Razak Baginda (born 1960, age c. 54) is a former political analyst and the co-founder of the now-dormant Malaysian Strategic Research Centre, together with Rohana Mahmood. An advisor and close aide to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, he was acquitted on 31 October 2008 of abetting the murder of Mongolian national Shaariibuugiin Altantuyaa, when the Shah Alam High Court judge "found" no prima facie case against him..[1] After lying low in London, he is back home to his bungalow in Damansara, but no longer part of Najib's inner circle.[2]

Abdul Razak's company is said to have received an RM488.64 million (€114 million) commission from the purchase of two French Scorpene submarines.[3] He is presently wanted by the French court in connection with the purchase of the Scorpene submarines.


2.  Brief biography: Razak Baginda graduated with a Bachelor's degree in politics and government from City Polytechnic, London in 1982. He subsequently obtained his Master's degree in War Studies at King's College London in 1984, and a PhD in International Relations at Trinity College, Oxford.

In 1988, Razak Baginda joined the Malaysian Armed Forces Defense College as a lecturer and eventually became the Head of Strategic Studies. 5 years later, in 1993, he formed a think-tank called the Malaysian Strategic Research Centre, based in Kuala Lumpur. The center regularly organized seminars on a myriad of local and international issues, and published many books on topics that include international relations.

Razak Baginda is married to Mazlinda, a lawyer from Lincoln's Inn and former magistrate. They have one daughter born in 1987.


3.  Controversy:

  • Sales of secret defence document: Razak Baginda allegedly sold a secret defence document to the French for some RM142 million in 2006. The highly-confidential government document pertaining to the Royal Malaysian Navy's evaluation of the Scorpene submarines which it was then planning to buy, was sold by Terasasi (Hong Kong) Ltd to French defence giant DCNS for €36 million (RM142 million).[4] (Abdul Razak and his father, Abdul Malim Baginda, are directors of Terasasi.)
 
  • Altantuya murder trial: Razak Baginda met Altantuya in 2004 and had a relationship with her until August 2005. He used to give her money but stopped in early 2006. She then came to Malaysia several times to hound him for money. Razak was charged with abetting the murder of Altantuya, after she was killed on 19 October 2006. (Altantuya had filed a police report less than 8 hours before her disappearance which stated that if something should happen to her, the police should look for "Razak Baginda". She also told her friends that if she did not return to the hotel within 2-3 hours that night, they should lodge a police report.) On 31 October 2008, however, Razak Baginda was acquitted of abetting the murder of Altantuya, when the Shah Alam High Court judge "found" no prima facie case against him.[5]
 
The prosecution did not appeal the court's decision, a curious decision given the fact that Altantuya entered the country with the sole purpose of seeing Razak Baginda and his sworn statement that she was allegedly harassing him.[2] Apart from that, there were also Altantuya's police report, filed on 19 October 2006, less than 8 hours before her disappearance which stated that if something should happen to her, the police should look for "Razak Baginda". Altantuya's immigration details were erased, leaving no trace of her entry into Malaysia.[2]
 

  • Submarine purchase investigation By French courts: During the French courts' investigation into allegations of corruption in the purchases of two Scorpene submarines by the Ministry of Defence in 2002 in a deal brokered by Razak Baginda, evidence emerged that the manufacturers had paid bribes to Malaysian officials. The US$2 billion transaction netted a US$200-million transaction fee for Razak Baginda, as well as another US$44 million for classified Malaysian Defence Ministry documents, paid by a subsidiary of the submarine manufacturer to Terasasi (Hong Kong) Ltd, a company owned by him.[6]
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