Private eye's nephew silent on whereabouts
Wed, Jul 16, 2008
The New Straits Times

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: The nephew of private investigator P. Balasubramaniam has refused to divulge information on the statutory declarations made by his uncle.

After a two-hour session with the police yesterday, R. Kumaresan, came out of the Commercial Crimes Investigation Department headquarters in Bukit Perdana and declared: "I will only tell it all to a Royal Commission".

Kumaresan, 27, accompanied by his lawyer N. Surendran, said he was questioned mostly on the two SDs his uncle had made.

"I refused to answer questions related to the SDs, and told the police I will only reveal what I knew to a Royal Commission.

"I fear for the safety of my uncle and his family. I am afraid their lives would be in danger if I told police what I knew."

Balasubramaniam hogged the headlines on July 3 with a statutory declaration linking Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak with the murdered Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaariibuu.

He retracted the sworn statement the following day and had since gone missing.

Kumaresan lodged a missing persons report at the Gombak police station the next day.

After the private investigator had retracted his SD, Parti Keadilan Rakyat had called for the setting up of a Royal Commission to investigate both sworn documents.

Yesterday, Kumaresan said that his uncle had contacted him several times since he went missing.

"He even contacted me during a candlelight vigil we held in Brickfields on July 7.

"He asked me not to hold any more gatherings for him. I complied because I love my uncle and family very much."

He added that Balasubramaniam and his family were currently overseas, but declined to reveal the location.

Police confirmed that they had recorded a statement from Balasubramaniam but declined to reveal his whereabouts.

On the reported burglary at Balasubramaniam's terrace house in Taman Pelangi, Rawang last Thursday, Kumaresan confirmed that only a computer was stolen although the entire house was ransacked.


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