"PM: Najib and wife not involved in Altantuya murder"
The belated response of those named in Raja Petra's statutory declaration is interesting for the following reasons:
- The long delay is quite damaging to one's credibility rather than an immediate denial of the SD related to one's stated involvement.
- Does the PM arrange for 24/7 close surveillance of his subordinates so that he can really vouch for someone else's conduct?
- The response of the authorities is one of "killing the messenger" rather than understanding and receiving the message.
The advisors have failed badly in the damage control.
The very least they should have done was for all of those named in the SD to make an immediate public denial on the following lines:
"I am not involved directly or indirectly in the murder case. I have directed my lawyers to handle the matter and I will cooperate with the police if they need me to answer any questions."
I don't think it is appopriate for anyone to comment on a third party's innocence or otherwise. To quote Shakespeare:
"There is no art to find the mind's construction in the face." (from Macbeth)