French envoy：Although after 9 years，Scorpene submarine investigations are progressing smoothly by Malaysia and French.
12 July 2018 ~ Although the “Scorpene submarine” that involving the former BN government in 9 year ago, the truth is still close at hand.
Today, in an exclusive interview by Bernama recently, held in conjunction with the France National Day celebration observed on July 14, French Ambassador to Malaysia, Frédéric Laplanche, pointed out that Malaysia and the French judicial authorities are targeting the purchase of the controversial French squid submarine (Scorpene). The investigation is progressing smoothly.
He said that the two countries have successfully cooperated in the investigation of the above incidents.
“The cooperation between France and the Malaysian judicial authorities is good. They have contacted the new Attorney General of Malaysia. I feel that there is a strong willingness to cooperate. The authorities are dealing with related issues.”
However, he also revealed to Bernama that since this is a subject under the French judicial field, he cannot disclose further details.
According to reports, Defense Minister Mohamad Sabu said last month that the cabinet will discuss whether a task force will be set up to investigate the incident of the purchase of French submarines by former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib during the 2002 defense minister.
At that time, Najib oversaw the purchase of two squid-type submarines and one Agosta submarine from the French Navy Shipyard (DCN), worth nearly €1 billion (RM4.7 billion). .
Earlier, the Ministry of Finance official Facebook page issued a post stating that the French ambassador to Malaysia, Frédéric Laplanche, came to Putrajaya Ministry of Finance to meet with Finance Minister Lin Guan Eng, confirming that France is still investigating the “squid submarine arms purchase case”.
The post reads: “Labaranchi is committed to transparency and the financial scandals for the new Malaysian government, and in addition to giving full support, the truth and justice should be recognized.”
“The French ambassador to Malaysia also confirmed the good news. The French judicial unit still did not give up the tracing, involving a squid submarine rebate corruption scandal of 1 billion francs (RM5.28 billion).”
The French government is complaining by The Voice of The People, a human rights organization in Malaysia that the military company DCN International (DCNI) owned by the French government paid a commission of RM51.6 million to a company associated with Najib after the transaction. And the investigation of this military purchase case has begun.
The Voice of the People also claimed that the Mongolian girl Altantuya Shaariibuu was killed and murdered in Malaysia in 2006 and was also involved in the submarine arms purchase case. Altantuya was shot dead by two at her head and then bombed the body with a military bomb.
The “Scorpene Submarine Arms Purchase Case” involving Malaysia and France was a transaction reached during the period when former Prime Minister Najib became the Minister of Defense in 2002. However, Najib repeatedly denied that he had drawn commissions from this military purchase transaction, and the French financial prosecutor was also following up on the matter.
The investigators also listed Najib’s national defense aide, Abdul Razak Baginda, as one of the respondents.