Thursday, 21 July 2011
French lawyer in Penang to expose Scorpene deal
French lawyer William Bourdon, who is slated to speak at Suaram's fundraising dinner tonight, has arrived safely in Penang today.
Bourdon's flight from KLIA touched down at 10.25am and he gained entry into the state without any hassle.
Suaram director Cynthia Gabriel, who accompanied Bourdon on his trip here, said the latter did not face any problems at the Immigration in KLIA when he arrived late last night.
“It was a breeze. He is just a little tired from jetlag and needs to rest,” she told Malaysiakini.
Bourdon (right) will speak at the dinner event in Bayan Baru tonight dubbed 'Ops Scorpene' together with other speakers including Cynthia, DAP national adviser Lim Kit Siang, PKR vice-president Tian Chua and PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu.
The legal eagle based in Paris works with a non-profit organisation - Sherpa - and specialises in the defence of human rights and victims of crimes against humanity.
Bourdon is expected to reveal controversial details on the submarine deal with French defence giant DCNS.
The company has allegedly paid commissions to “extremely high level” government officials in Malaysia involved in the contract inked in 2002.
Payment of commissions to government officials is illegal under French law.
Suaram hopes to raise about RM100,000 from two other similar events in Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur, after its stint in Penang, to cover the legal costs of a case filed in Paris, which may go to open court in September.
The case was filed last year by Suaram, through Bourdon and his team, over claims that DCNS paid RM540 million in commission to Perimekar.
Perimekar is a subsidiary of KS Ombak Laut Sdn Bhd, of which the major shareholder is the wife of Abdul Razak Baginda.
Abdul Razak is Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's close confidante who was charged with but acquitted of abetment in the murder of translator Altantuya Shariibuu.
Altantuya blown to smithereens
The Mongolian national was blown to smithereens by plastic explosives in a jungle clearing in Shah Alam in 2006.
Two of Najib's former bodyguards were convicted for the murder and are currently awaiting the death penalty.
Najib, who was then deputy prime minister and defence minister, was in charge of the mega-deal, but has denied any involvement in the murder of Altantuya (left).
Meanwhile, the French probe has also revealed that another €30 million (RM150 million) was paid to DCNS' commercial network Thales and another €2.5 million (RM7.5 million) to an unknown recipient.
Suaram recently revealed that a third commission, an amount bigger than the last payment, had been paid to highly placed government officials.