Joseph Breham a member of French legal team hired by human rights group Suaram to investigate Malaysia submarine deal.

If similar corruption cases involving French defence giant DCN (formerly Direction des Constructions Navales) is to be the yardstick, it will be years before the truth behind Malaysia’s submarine scandal finally surfaces.

“To give you an example, with regard to the Taiwanese inquiry last for more than 10 years,” Joseph Breham, a member of a French legal team said at a conference in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.

On April 17, Human rights group Suaram has sought help from the French courts to probe allegations that Malaysia’s purchase of two submarines from France is linked to the 2006 murder of Mongolian beauty Altantuyaa Shaariibu.

Political rivals have claimed that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had known her but he has denied the accusations. He was also defence minister when the submarine deal was inked.

Suaram director Dr Kua Kia Soong said they are seeking justice for Altantuya with the French court “since the Malaysian courts have failed to shed light on her grisly murder.”

“Although two former bodyguards of the Prime Minister have been charged, the motives for the murder have not been probed by the Malaysian court,” Kua said in a statement issued today.

“We believe that there is more to the murder of Altantuya and that what is in question is millions of ringgit in commissions associated with the RM4.7 billion Scorpene submarines deal. This has grave consequences for both Malaysian and French tax payers,” he added.

However, Joseph Breham clarified they can’t investigate Altantuya murder case as it beyond his country jurisdiction.

“First of all you’ve to understand the only thing French jurisdiction will dwell into is commission paid by DCN or by we do not know exactly whom yet… by allegedly DCN.” he said.

“Therefore the murder of Altantuya Shaaribu has nothing to do with French jurisdiction. It is not allowed for French judge to investigate an Altantuya case.