Col Azmi Zainal Abidin whom Raja Petra Kamaruddin (RPK) has said to have linked to a conspiracy to slander PM Najib and Rosmah with the brutal murder of the Mongolian beauty Altantuya in 2008 over the purchase of the Scopene submarine, is now under investigation by the military. This has been revealed by the Chief of Defence Force, General Tan Sri Azizan Ariffin recently.
It puzzles me to know that it has taken almost three years for the military to finally decide to conduct a Board of Inquiry (BOI) over the case involving Col Azmi. Why wasn’t the BOI conducted when the case first came to light? If indeed what Col Azmi did was wrong from the military standpoint, he should have been punished, and if the offence is severe enough, he should have been discharged from service. Such punishment is within the bounds of the military as officers service in the military is at the discretion of the Supreme Commander i.e. the King.
From my meager understanding of the military law, I honestly do not know what military offence has Col Azmis committed? If the offence is one of attempting to slander PM Najib and Rosmah, then it is to my mind not a military offence. I would think Col Azmi has committed a civil offence and he should be charged to face a civil court.
Based on the little that I know of the case, I personally don’t see a need for a military BOI. And even if Col Azmi has to go through the rigmarole of the Court Martial, and if he is subsequently found guilty and sentenced, this does not mean that he cannot be charge further to face the civil court.
I am not privy to the terms of reference of the BOI, but I think it has more to investigate the extent of information that was revealed to RPK, and who others were involved. I am quite sure there were no military secrets revealed by Col Azmi, and if there was, then he ought to go through the full brunt of military investigation.
I have been told that Col Azmi was originally from the Engineering Corps and opted to join the Intelligence Corps later in his career. This would mean that he is not a ‘thoroughbred’ Intelligence Corps officer, as some would say. And if Col Azmi really did pass the information to RPK with the intention to slander PM Najib and Rosmah, then Col Azmi deserve the punishment that awaits him, though a bit too late.
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