KUALA LUMPUR, 6 Nov 2008: Political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, who was acquitted recently in abetting the murder of a Mongolian woman, failed to show up in a pre-arranged press conference in a hotel here this morning.
Hordes of reporters waited at the hotel’s lobby since 9am, only to be told later that the press conference was cancelled.
Abdul Razak’s daughter, Rowena told reporters who were waiting outside their house on 3 Nov, that Abdul Razak would meet them today.
However, at about 1.30pm today, Rowena released a statement apologising for the last minute cancellation of the event.
She also assured that her father would be staying on in the country for the coming weeks as he was concerned with his health.
“As you can imagine there is much re-adjustment that my father has yet to do. He is still adjusting to life as a free man after being in prison for close to two years.
“He thought he could readjust as soon as he was released, but it seems that it will take a little bit more time,” she said.
Abdul Razak, who is closely linked with Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, was acquitted on 31 Oct by the Shah Alam High Court for abetting the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu.
Judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yasin ruled that the prosecution had failed to make out a prima facie case against Abdul Razak.
Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, who were charged with Altantuya’s murder, have been called to make their defence.
Since his acquittal, Abdul Razak has not made any public appearance or spoken to the press so far.