MORE PICS & Video – ALTANTUYA Murder Trial Day 1- Jun18 – DPP: Accused Conspired, Plotted & Killed her: Evidence - Bloodied Slippers, Confession & Etc
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BELOW: the accused being ushered into court - hand-in-hand cuffed
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ABOVE: STAR's Hassan Bahri impression of teh 3 accused in dock
Razak plotted murder: DPP;
The high-profile Altantuya Shaariibuu murder trial opened in the High Court today with the prosecution saying that police special unit Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri and Cpl Sirul Azhar Umar killed the Mongolian on instructions of her lover, political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda.
DPP Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah (ABOVE)said the prosecution will prove: Abdul Razak planned and ordered the killing of Altantuya, and that two officers of the police elite unit executed the order. He had ignored a senior police officer's advice to lodge a police report regarding Altantuya's harassment, instead telling him to keep secret what he had been told. Abdul Razak had met Azilah and a few hours later, Azilah and Sirul Azhar were seen at Hotel Malaya, where Altantuya stayed. Altantuya's blood was found on a pair of slippers in Sirul Azhar's car. Some of her belongings were also found in his possession. Sirul Azhar had also confessed his crime to his superior officer.
First prosecution witness, private investigator P. Balasubramaniam (see details below), testified: He was hired by Abdul Razak to stop a Mongolian woman from meeting him. Also told to follow his daughter as a threat had been made against her.
On Oct 9, he got a call the Mongolian was in front of Bangunan Lembaga Getah Asli in Ampang where Abdul Razak's office is located. He called the police and two policemen turned up. One of them spoke to a woman named "Aminah" (Altantuya). He was told by the policemen that the woman wanted to meet her husband who works in the building. He called Abdul Razak but he had left.
ABOVE: The DPP (Right ) is assisted by Manoj Kurup
'Altantunya's blood found on accused's slippers'
R. Surenthira Kumar and S. Tamarai Chelvi
SHAH ALAM (June 18, 2007): Police found the blood of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu on the slippers of Kpl Sirul Azhar Umar of the police special action unit, the prosecution told the High Court when outlining its case on day one of the high-profile trial. Prosecution team leader Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah said police also found several items belonging to Altantuya in Sirul Azhar's possession and Sirul Azhar had also made a confession to his superior officer.
He said they also have evidence to show that Chief Insp Azilah Hadri and political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda had met at Razaks office, and that a few hours later, Azilah and Sirul Azhar were seen at Hotel Malaya, where Altantuya stayed. Tun Abdul Majid told trial judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yasin the prosecution will prove beyond reasonable doubt that Sirul Azhar, 35, and Azilah, 30, murdered the 28-year-old Mongolian and Abdul Razak, 47, who was her lover, had abetted them by planning and ordering the killing. To do this, he said, they will rely on direct and circumstantial evidence. "Our case will also depend on expert, scientific, documentary testimony and also Sirul Azhar's confession to the crime to his superiors," he said. At the outset, the prosecution got the court's approval to amend the charge against Abdul Razak, regarding the time he allegedly committed the abetment. The amendment stated the offence was committed between on
Tun Abdul Majid laid out the facts of the case, saying Abdul Razak had known Altantuya from 2004 until August 2005, when their relationship ended. He said during the time, Abdul Razak had given money to Altantuya but decided to stop doing so in 2006, after which the woman came here from Mongolia to demand for more money.
He said evidence will be adduced to show the following:
Altantuya had arrived in
Altantuya had left notes to Abdul Razak in an effort to meet him and demand money and she had made threats that if her demands were not met, his daughter's life would be in danger.
To avoid being harassed, Abdul Razak had hired a private investigator to tail the victim and provide security for his home to prevent the victim from harassing or meeting him. Despite the private investigator being hired, Abdul Razak continued to be harassed and threatened by the Mongolian woman. Abdul Razak had related the threats and problem faced by him to a friend, a senior police officer, and sought his advice. The friend had advised Abdul Razak to lodge a police report because of the seriousness of the threat but the political analyst had refused to. Abdul Razak had instead asked the senior police officer to keep secret what he had told him. He instead asked the friend to introduce a police officer from the Brickfields police station to help him overcome his problem. That officer had said he knew an officer from the Special Action Unit, the officer being the first accused Azilah.
The Brickfields officer had given Azilah's contact number to Abdul Razak.
Azilah had met Abdul Razak at Razak's office between and on
Azilah and Sirul Azhar were the last persons seen with Altantuya before her killing. Tun Abdul Majid said Altantuya was taken to the scene of the killing and Azilah and Sirul Azhar had blown up the victim with explosives. "Evidence will be forwarded to show 'probable blast-related injuries' was the cause of death, based on the pathologist's report," he said.
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Special t-shirts to lend support
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"I am proud of him." It is learnt that the t-shirts were meant to lend moral support to Abdul Razak, who shed tears when his family members hugged and kissed him.
ABOVE: But NO T-shirt for the Dad
There were similar emotional moments when Azilah and Sirul Azhar met their family members in the courtroom. There was chaos outside and inside the courtroom before the three accused were brought in as the number of people allowed in the courtroom was restricted. Reporters who turned up as early as were pushed back by the police, who barricaded the pathway to the courtroom with a table. Police then said the court was restricting the number of reporters in the courtroom to 30 and began to read out the names of the media organisations on the list. theSun was not on it. One officer then said 10 additional places were allotted for the media, resulting in those whose names were not on the list scrambling for a spot.
ABOVE: Local & foreign media disappointed - no seats for them in court
It got even more chaotic when the family members of the three accused and the public also crammed the small area in front of the courtroom in a bid to secure a seat as well. As the names were called out, the reporters were allowed into the courtroom, which had benches marked for journalists and family members. There was more chaos inside as the police ordered the reporters to move in an effort to rearrange the seating, giving priority to the family members of the accused and Altantuya's relatives. Altantuya's father Shaariibuu Setev and entourage from
Only the Mongolian interpreter, lawyer and honorary consul-general Datuk Abdul Rahman Al-Habshi were allowed inside.
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Court Told Of Conspiracy To Kill Altantuya
SHAH ALAM, June 18 (Bernama) -- The prosecution told the High Court here today that it has proof that political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda and two policemen conspired and planned the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu by blowing her up on the night of Oct 19 last year. Deputy public prosecutor Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah said the prosecution would prove this through the testimonies of witnesses on what happened on the night that Altantuya was taken from Abdul Razak's house, closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage and telephone communication. The prosecution would also adduce evidence to show that the first accused, Chief Insp Azilah Hadri, had personally pointed to the spot where the Mongolian model was blown up and that Azilah and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar were the last persons to be seen with her, he said. "Several items belonging to the deceased have also been seized by the police from Sirul Azhar. (We) will show that the items belonged to the deceased through identification by prosecution witnesses and DNA tests. "Besides that, a pair of bloodstained slippers had been found in Sirul Azhar's car and analysis by the Chemistry Department had confirmed through DNA tests that the blood was Altantuya's," Tun Abdul Majid said in his opening remarks at the trial of the three.Azilah, 30, and Sirul Azhar, 35, of the police Special Action Unit, are charged with murdering Altantuya, 28, at a location between lots 12843 and 16735, Mukim Bukit Raja near Shah Alam between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20 last year.Abdul Razak, 46, is charged with abetting them to commit the offence in the Federal Territory between 9.54am on Oct 18 and 9.45pm on Oct 19 last year. Tun Abdul Majid said the prosecution would adduce evidence to show that Altantuya was taken to the spot and blown up by Azilah and Sirul Azhar with explosives.
"The evidence will show that the cause of death was 'probable blast-related injuries' as stated in the pathologist's report," he said. It would also show that Altantuya told her friends that if she did not return to the hotel from Abdul Razak's house in two to three hours on the night of Oct 19 last year, they should lodge a police report. Altantuya had also lodged a police report on the threat that she had received about eight hours before her disappearance that night, he said. In her report Altantuya asked the police to look for someone named 'Razak Baginda' should anything happen to her. Tun Abdul Majid said the prosecution would also depend on the confession that Sirul Azhar had made to his superior officer as well as the evidence that Abdul Razak had contacted Azilah to show that the political analyst had known Altantuya since 2004 and had constantly met her and given her financial aid upon demand. They broke off in August 2005 but Abdul Razak still gave her money whenever she asked for it, he said. In early 2006, Abdul Razak stopped entertaining her demands and, dissatisfied, she came to
ABOVE the tons of evidence being wheeled into court
Tun Abdul Majid said the evidence would show that Altantuya came to
He also did not follow the advice to get the help of Immigration to deport the deceased," he added. He said the prosecution would depend on direct, circumstantial and documentary evidence, Sirul Azhar's confession to his superior officer and other evidence as well as the exhibits that were recovered to prove its case against all the accused. It would also prove that Abdul Razak had abetted the two policemen in the planning and had given instruction to get rid of Altantuya by killing her. "All these evidence will prove our case beyond reasonable doubt, he added. At the onset of the proceeding, the court heard two applications made by lawyer Karpal Singh, who is holding a watching bried for Altantuya's family and the Mongolian government. One sought the recusal of judge Mohd Zaki Md Yasin and the other was to be allowed to participate actively in the trial. Both applications were rejected by Mohd Zaki. In dismissing the first application, he said the reason given by Karpal Singh that he (the judge) was the third cousin of the late wife of Azilah's counsel Hazman Ahmad was insufficient for him to disqualify himself from hearing the case. "I will maintain all impartiality in the case. All the three accused persons in the case are not known to me," he said. Karpal Singh had earlier argued that his relationship with Hazman's wife, who died two years ago, was sufficient ground for Mohd Zaki to recuse himself from hearing the case to ensure that there was no doubt in the mind of the public that the judge would not have a real danger of being biased.
"Both your Lordship and Hazman ought to have disclosed your respective relationship before the proceedings. It could be unethical for Hazman and Your Lordship not to have disclosed the relationship. I have no doubt about your impartiality, but justice must not only be done but must be manifestly seen to be done. "We want this case in fact to proceed. On the other hand, we also want to ensure that the judicial process is not in anyway tarnished." he said. On Karpal Singh's application to be allowed to take part in the cross-examination of witnesses, make submission and be given wider latitutude to participate in the trial the grounds that he had the right to do so in the interest of Altantuya's family and the Mongolian government, Mohd Zaki held that there were only two parties in a criminal case - the prosecution and the defence. However, he said, Karpal Singh could question the witnesses through the court and could also forward the questions through the prosecution. Karpal Singh told reporters later that he would be appealing the judge's decision not to recuse himself from hearing the case. Tun Abdul Majid said that Karpal Singh did not have the right to question the witnesses and that in a criminal case; there were only two parties -- the accused person and the prosecution. Counsel for Azilah, Sirul Azhar and Abdul Razak also objected to the application. After the court dismissed the two applications, Tun Abdul Majid tendered an amended charge against Abdul Razak with changes in the time and place of the offence. During the proceedings, Abdul Razak's daughter, Roweena, who was seated behind the dock, was often seen reaching out to clasp her father's hand and having a conversation with Abdul Razak. Abdul Razak was heard saying: "I miss you" to which she replied "me too".
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P.Balasubramaniam(Private eye): Razak hired me to stop woman from meeting him ; SUN
SHAH ALAM (June 18, 2007): The prosecution's first witness - a private investigator (ABOVE)- told the High Court he was hired by Abdul Razak Abdullah to stop a Mongolian woman from meeting him as she was threatening him for money. P. Balasubramaniam, 47, said he met Abdul Razak after getting a call from a person called "Magen". He said he went to Abdul Razak's office on the 10th floor of Bangunan Lembaga Getah Asli and met him, either on Oct 6 or 7.
Abdul Razak told him he had received a threatening call from a man, believed to be a policeman, and that he sounded like a Chinese. He said Abdul Razak told him he recorded the call on his handphone. Balasubramaniam said he told Abdul Razak to lodge a police report but was told he had a family lawyer, whom he later met to discuss his payment. He said Abdul Razak also gave him the following instructions:
* A Mongolian woman would come to his office and that he was to stop her from meeting him. He was to follow Abdul Razak from office to his home.
* The next day, Abdul Razak told him to follow his daughter to and from her school in Damansara.
Asked by DPP Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah during examination why he was ordered to follow the daughter, he said the threat was made against Abdul Razak's daughter. He said he was also asked to "stand by" at Abdul Razak's office, and to call him should the woman appear there. Balasubramaniam said that on
He said he was with Suras at the lobby. Later, when the Mongolian women were standing near the stairs, Suras borrowed a lighter from one of the woman and struck up a conservation with them while the man was waiting in the car. Balasubramaniam then called Razak and told him to leave the building from the back entrance. He said he then called the police and two policemen turned up. One of them, V. Palaniandy, spoke to a woman named "Aminah" (Altantuya).The policeman later told him that Aminah's "husband" worked as an executive director in the building and that they were waiting to meet him. He said he called Abdul Razak again and was told he had left the building. He continues his testimony today.
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ALTANTUYA MURDER TRIAL: Traces of victim’s blood found on policeman’s slippers; BERNAMA; SHAH ALAM, MON: jvia NST
The police found traces of Mongolian, Altantuya Shaariibuu’s, blood on the slippers of Kpl Sirul Azhar Umar of the Special Action Unit who, together with Chief Insp Azilah Hadri, had killed her by blowing her up, the High Court here was told today. Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah who is leading the prosecution team, said the police also found several items belonging to Altantuya in Sirul Azhar’s possession and the latter had also confessed to his superior officer regarding the murder case. The prosecution would also show that the cause of death was “probable blast-related injuries” as contained in the pathologist’s report and adduce evidence to show the location where Altantuya was murdered.
He said this in his opening remarks in the trial of Sirul Azhar, 35, and Azilah, 30, who are charged with murdering Altantuya, 28, in Mukim Bukit Raja, near here, between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20 last year. Jointly tried with them is Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda, 46, who is charged with abetting them to commit the crime in the
Karpal's Application For Judge To Withdraw From Case Rejected
ABOVE: The trial judge Justice Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yassin
SHAH ALAM, June 18 (Bernama) -- The High Court which resumed the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder trial here rejected the application by Karpal Singh, who is acting as counsel for the family of the Mongolian woman, for the trial judge to withdraw from handling the case. Justice Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yassin made the decision when the hearing resumed today after being postponed on June 4. Earlier, Karpal had made an oral application for the judge to withdraw, citing family ties between Mohd Zaki and one of the defence counsels as grounds for the application. Deputy Public Prosecutor Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah later objected the grounds raised by Karpal as being too remote. Political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda, 46, is accused of abetting two policemen in killing the woman in October last year. Abdul Razak is charged with abetting Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, 30, and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 35, from the Special Action Force (UTK) to commit the murder. Abdul Razak's wife, Mazlinda Makhzan, and daughter Roweena, together with his parents and mother-in-law arrived at the court as early as .
Roweena, 20, attracted the crowd's attention for wearing a black jacket and t-shirt with the words "Roweena Razak Baginda" printed in front while on her back were the words "And I'm Proud Of It". Mazlinda repeatedly told the media that she hoped her husband would be accorded justice. She appeared to be friendly with the media, telling reporters that she now had a better understanding of the reporters' tasks and would no longer avoid the media. The families of the other two accused, Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar Umar, were also present in court. Reporters, photographers and television crew arrived at the court as early as to ensure they had seats which were limited. This time around, the court allowed only one journalist from each media agency into the court which led to protests because most of the journalists had waited from early morning. Only 30 seats were allocated to the media representatives while five seats were allocated for family members of each of the accused while the remaining 120 seats were for members of the public.
Less than 15 minutes after the courtroom's door was opened at , all the seats had been taken up. The prosecution led by Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah arrived at together with K. Manoj Kurup and Noreen Baharuddin and they were followed by the victim's father, Dr Shaariibuu Setev together with three cousins of Altantuya, and
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Question marks over Altantuya murder trial; R. Surenthira Kumar; SUN
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Karpal, who is holding a watching brief for Altantuya's family and the Mongolian government, has declined to disclose what he plans to do, except to tell reporters to wait until the trial resumes tomorow. He had met with Ahmad Fairuz -- presently also the acting chief judge of
Karpal not divulging the outcome of the meeting could be a hint that Ahmad Fairuz has turned down Shaariibuu's request. Today, Karpal may attempt to apply for Mohd Zaki to be recused from hearing the case because of his relationship with lawyer Hazman Ahmad, the lead counsel for Chief Insp Azilah Hadri. Mohd Zaki is the uncle of Hazman's late wife. Karpal said the relationship could affect the trial. Azilah and Cpl Sirul Azhar Umar are charged with murdering Altantuya in Bukit Raja, Selangor, between Oct 19 and 20 last year, and political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda is charged with abetting them. Karpal might opt for the judge to be recused, since he has so far failed to get Hazman disqualified. He is appealing against Mohd Zaki's dismissal of his application to disqualify Hazman, but has yet to get a hearing date from the Court of Appeal.
The court is also likely to hear today Karpal's application to take active part in the proceedings. He filed the application on the ground that the case is high-profile and also in the wake of suspects implicated in a number of similar murder cases being acquitted due to insufficient evidence. The courts had attributed the acquittals to poor prosecution work. Karpal said that to prevent this from recurring, it was necessary for him to play an active role in the trial, in the interest of his clients. He had filed the application prior to June 4, the first day of the trial, when the matter was scheduled to be heard, but it was put aside given the twist of events that day. The attorney-general had appointed, just one day before, a new prosecuting team led by Tun Abdul Majid, which resulted in the trial being postponed two weeks to give the team time to prepare. Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail later said he had replaced the previous DPP Salehuddin Saidin because the latter was a badminton buddy of the trial judge.
Also on the first day of trial, lawyer Zulkifli Noordin, who had previously represented Azilah, told the press he had to withdraw from the case because of third-party interference which prevented him from doing his job. He, however, did not elaborate. On the same day, Altantuya's parents and her two young sons filed a RM100 million suit against the three accused and the Malaysian government, claiming dependency, damages and costs. Given the series of surprises to date, besides Karpal's "certain courses of action" tomorrow, it might not come as unexpected if the DPP or defence counsel were to spring a surprise as well.
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Following photos are from the last hearing on 4th June 2007
ABOVE: Altantuya father with Mongolian entourage & the Mongilan Consul and BELOW: the Altantuya's 3 cousins