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August 21, 2013

Cops face another big day in Altantuya murder, Friday

AltantuyaRITA JONG

The Court of Appeal on Friday will deliver its ruling on the appeal of two former police commandos who were convicted for the murder of Mongolian model and translator Altantuya Shaariibuu in 2006.

Counsel Datuk Hazman Ahmad, who is representing former chief inspector Azilah Hadri, told The Malaysian Insider today that he was informed by the court of appeal registrar about the judgement date.

Azilah was jointly charged and convicted with Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar by the High Court in Shah Alam in 2009 for murdering Altantuya, 28, at a forest reserve in Shah Alam in October, 2006.

Both were then with the Bukit Aman Special Action Squad and were in Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s security team. Najib was then the deputy prime minister and defence minister.

Counsel Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin, who is representing Sirul, also confirmed the date.

During the appeal, Kamarul had argued that the failure to call Najib’s aide-de-camp, Deputy Superintendent Musa Safri as a witness in the trial, constituted a mistrial.

He had argued that Musa was the only person who could shed light on the numerous phone interactions between himself and Abdul Razak Baginda. Abdul Razak was then the political analyst and a confidante of Najib.

Abdul Razak was initially charged with abetting the two former policemen in the murder of Altantuya but was later acquitted by the High Court on October 31, 2008, without his defence being called.

In his affidavit to obtain bail before the High Court, Abdul Razak had stated there were more than 30 phone calls and text messages to Musa on Oct 19, 2006, to stop his then lover, Altantuya, from harassing his family.

Hazman had also submitted that Azilah did not have any explosives in his possession. The trial heard that Altantuya was shot before her body was blown up with C4 explosives.

He argued that a witness in the trial at the High Court had testified that the Bukit Aman Special Action Squad, which Azilah was attached to, had no C4 explosives in their store and that their members were not trained to handle that explosive.

Hazman had filed a notice of alibi that he was never at the crime scene but the trial judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Yasin did not buy his story.

Kamarul and Hazman also took the position that the trial judge had seriously erred in law and facts in convicting their clients.

Meanwhile, DPP Datuk Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah had submitted that there was nothing to link Najib to the death of Altantuya.

He had said just because Abdul Razak happened to know Najib and Musa happened to be Najib’s aide-de-camp, it didn’t mean the prime minister had any involvement in the case.

The appeal was heard for two days beginning June 26 before a three-member bench comprising judges Datuk Seri Mohamed Apandi Ali, Datuk Linton Albert and Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat.

Depending on the outcome of the appeal, the appellants or the public prosecutor can still take the case to the Federal Court.

5 Comments »

  1. “The government of Mongolia hereby invite the PM and his gang to attend a special ceremony for the late Altantuya”

    Comment by tigeryk — August 24, 2013 @ 4:46 AM | Reply

  2. Whatever is the appeal outcome, Altantuya murder is far from being solved. These two were just accomplices at most. Those who have been following the case closely will know that crucial evidence had been suppressed to protect the real perpetrator or perpetrators of the crime. Unless and until those entrusted with the administration of justice do their job without fear or favour, the ghost of Altantuya will continue to haunt us all. The failure to bring the real murders to book is an indictment against the system of justice in Malaysia.

    Comment by Joseph — August 22, 2013 @ 12:56 AM | Reply

  3. The PTK or SAS (Special Action Squad) are killing machines. They’re zombies and blameless due to malignant indoctrination. After hypnotism, they’ll kill anyone when they see the “sign”. But this is a murder case and the ultimate person responsible must be brought to Justice and punished …or hanged!

    Comment by mata mata — August 21, 2013 @ 5:11 PM | Reply

  4. The Court of Appeal must be satisfied as to who ordered the killing and why C4 was used and had to be used. This was the first ever murder case in Malaysia where a woman was brutally blasted to pieces after being shot dead and the accused were from the PDRM. In the absence of such answers the accused should be retrial.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — August 21, 2013 @ 1:19 PM | Reply

    • Who ordered the killng? Why was Altantuyah immigration record deleted and under whose instruction? Why was CCTV at the hotel where she stayed confisticated? Why was Bala harassed and threatened to withdraw the first SD? Who ordered and authorised the use of C4? Malaysians, Altantuyah’s family, her friends and the world want to the answer to all the above questions.

      Comment by Sabrina Abdullah — August 21, 2013 @ 10:11 PM | Reply


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