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Day 11 - Murder Trial, More details in Next post

Prosecution moves to impeach its key witness
R. Surenthira Kumar and S. Tamarai Chelvi , from SUN

DAY 11
SHAH ALAM (July 2, 2007): She was the prosecution's key witness, but what L/Cpl Rohaniza Roslan told the court today has landed her in trouble with the prosecutors. The court adjourned after lunch today to allow the prosecution time to prepare impeachment proceedings against the policewoman, who is the girlfriend of murder accused Chief Insp Azilah Hadri. Outside the court, the investigating officer for the murder case, ASP Tony Lunggan, lodged a report against Rohaniza for alleged perjury in the Shah Alam district police headquarters at
5.30pm. It was a development that caught everybody by surprise on the 11th day of the high-profile trial. The first sign of "trouble" came just before the hearing broke for lunch when Deputy Public Prosecutor Noorin Badaruddin said they wanted to impeach the witness.

After lunch, prosecution team leader DPP Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah asked for a postponement, saying they had detected four contradictions in Rohaniza's testimony and her 16-page cautioned statement. The contradictions were not detailed in court.

Tun Abdul Majid: My lord, we seek a postponement to continue with the impeachment tomorrow as we have to go through the 16-page cautioned statement of the witness. So far, we have detected four contradictions in seven of the pages and have to check the remaining nine pages.

Justice Mohd Zaki Md Yasin: Will it take long to go thorough it?

Tun Abdul Majid: Yes, my lord, we have to go thorough it carefully.

Mohd Zaki: How about the others (asking the defence lawyers)?

Hazman Ahmad: We leave it to the court, my lord.

Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin, Wong Kian Kheong and Karpal Singh agreed to the DPP's request for postponement until tomorrow.

Later in the evening, the prosecution identified another five contradictions and was still scrutinising Rohaniza's cautioned statement recorded on Nov 16, 2006.
Mohd Zaki allowed Tun Abdul Majid's application and set the trial to resume at
9.15am tomorrow.

Earlier, Mohd Zaki asked the prosecution and the defence lawyers if they had any problems continuing with the case next week.
He said he had another case to hear on Friday and on Monday, he had two cases to hear.
Mohd Zaki said he will instruct the senior assistant registrar to check whether the other cases can be moved to enable this case to continue without interruption.
As for July 11 and 13 and the last week for the month, Mohd Zaki said the court would have to check if this case can be slotted in while the other days are subject to whether any other cases had been fixed and if they could be moved to a later date.
Mohd Zaki said some of the other cases were 2002 cases and some involved civil servants.
Tun Abdul Majid, when asked by Mohd Zaki if he would be free, replied that three of his team members would not be available in the second week of August because they had to attend classes for a masters degree programme.

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'I last saw Altantuya being driven away from Bukit Aman'

SHAH ALAM (July 2, 2007): The girlfriend of murder accused Chief Insp Azilah Hadri testified today she last saw Altantuya Shaariibuu being driven away from the Bukit Aman federal police headquarters in a green Vitara driven by a man wearing a green cap on Oct 19.

L/Cpl Rohaniza Roslan, 29, said she saw Azilah and Altantuya, whom she referred to as a "Chinese woman" walking towards the Vitara in Bukit Aman.

She said when Azilah opened the front passenger door, she saw Altantuya sitting inside. "I saw the Vitara leaving Bukit Aman. Azilah was with me," Rohaniza said.

She had informed the court earlier she told Azilah she wanted to meet her friends later that day. She said Azilah told her to drive her red Proton Wira Aeroback to meet her friends.

"I saw Azilah walking into the UTK (Special Action Squad) office," said Rohaniza. She said she drove her car to her barrack in Petaling Jaya.

Asked by DPP Noorin Badaruddin whether she had contacted Azilah later, Rohaniza said she was not sure whether she had called him or Azilah called her, but said she asked him where he was.

Rohaniza said Azilah told her he was in his office in Bukit Aman.

She said she met her friends - a policewoman and another woman - in Restaurant Sri Thai. Later, she and her friends decided to go to "Vegas" (a karaoke centre) in Bukit Bintang.
While she was there, Azilah called her and told her to pick him up at the
Jalan Duta Toll Plaza or Rawang Toll Plaza.She said she told him she did not know the place, and there were three missed calls from Azilah.

When she called him back, Azilah scolded her for going to the karaoke centre and told her to go to the UTK office to wait for him.
When she reached Bukit Aman, it was after
midnight and raining. Azilah was not around and when she called him, she was told to wait as he was expecting a friend.
She said she waited in the car and dozed off for 10 minutes.
"Azilah came and knocked on the window and told me to carry some things," Rohaniza said.
She helped him carry a sling bag and clothes hangers into her car and she then sent him to Putrajaya.
When asked by Noorin whether she spoke to Azilah on her way to Putrajaya, she said she did. "I asked him why he was late and he said he went to meet a friend."

On whether she asked Azilah about the Chinese woman, she said she did not.

Rohaniza said she met Azilah again in his parents' house in Sungai Pelek, Sepang, Selangor.
"At that time his behaviour was different," she said, adding that he was quiet when he usually spoke to his family when they met.
Later on the way back to Putrajaya, she queried him on his behaviour.

Q: What was his answer
A: He told me he was confused.

Q: What was confusing?
A: He said it was about the Chinese woman on that day.
Q: Did you ask him about the Chinese woman?
A: Yes
Q: What was his reaction to the question?
A: He didn't know how the woman suddenly went missing.
She said she chided him and told him to speak properly but he did not elaborate. She said she told him that she would check with the police station about the woman.
She said she later called the Travers and Brickfields police station to check whether there was any police report on a foreigner being kidnapped or raped on Oct 19.
When asked by Noorin why she said Altantuya was a foreigner, Rohaniza said it is because the "Chinese woman" did not speak Malay.
Earlier, Rohaniza continuing her testimony from last Friday (June 29) said the Vitara stopped on the highway heading to Bukit Aman from Bukit Damansara.
She said Azilah went into the Vitara but returned to her car.
She said she asked Azilah where Altantuya would be sent and he said back to her hotel.She said once they reached Bukit Aman, the Vitara headed towards the senior police officer's Mess and they followed. "The Chinese woman said in English this is not police station, these are houses," Rohaniza said. She said the car stopped at a junction and Azilah got out of the car and spoke to the man driving the Vitara. She said Azilah later came to their car and spoke to Altantuya, before both of them walked to the Vitara. Altantuya got into the Vitara which left Bukit Aman after that.

What happened today (Day 11)

* The prosecution's key witness L/Kpl Rohaniza Roslan, the girlfriend of accused Chief InspAzilah Hadri, continued her testimony for the second day (she started on Friday, June 29).

* After lunch, court adjourned to allow the prosecution time to institute impeachment proceedings against the witness for giving testimony that differred from her cautioned statement.

* Police also lodged a report against her at 5.30pm for alleged perjury

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UPDATE: 2nd July 2007, 10.22 pm

July 02, 2007 19:58 PM

Prosecution Intends To Impeach Policewoman's Credibility
SHAH ALAM, July 2 (Bernama) -- The trial for the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu took an unexpected turn today after the prosecution told the court that they intended to challenge the evidence given by a key witness. Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah said the prosecution had detected more than four contradictions in the testimony of L/Cpl Rohaniza Roslan(BELOW) with that of her cautioned statement recorded under Section 112 of the Criminal Procedure Act on Nov 16 last year.

"We also need more time to prepare statements for the court and counsel," he said, requesting for a postponement to identify more contradictions in the evidence given by the 29-year-old policewoman, the seventh prosecution witness and girlfriend of accused C/Insp Azilah Hadri. Judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yasin obliged but ordered for the hearing to continue tomorrow. This morning, DPP Noorin Badaruddin applied to discontinue the examination -in-chief after three hours, saying "we intend to impeach this witness." Azilah, 31, and Cpl Sirul Azhar Umar, 36, who were attached to the Bukit Aman special action squad, have been charged with murdering Altantuya in October last year while political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda, 47, is accused of abetting them.

July 02, 2007 16:12 PM

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Altantuya Taken Out Of Bukit Aman By Man Wearing Green Cap, Witness Says
SHAh ALAM, July 2 (Bernama) -- Murder accused Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri's girlfriend told the High Court here Monday that the last time she saw Altantuya Shaariibuu was when the Mongolian woman was being taken away from the Bukit Aman Federal Police Headquarters in a vehicle driven by a man wearing a green cap on Oct 19 last year. Lance Corporal Rohaniza Roslan said the woman, whom she identified as Altantuya, was taken in a Suzuki Vitara four-wheel drive by Azilah's friend. She said that after the vehicle had left the Bukit Aman Police Headquarters, she saw Azilah walking towards the Special Action Squad office there. Rohaniza disclosed this when testifying as the prosecution's seventh witness at the Altantuya murder trial which entered its 11th day.

Azilah, 31, and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 36, who were formerly attached to the Special Action Squad, have been charged with killing Altantuya between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20 at Lots 12843 and 16735 in Mukim Bukit Raja, Shah Alam. Political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda, 47, is accused of abetting the two policemen between 9.54am on Oct 18 and 9.45pm on Oct 19, 2006 in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur. Rohaniza, 29, said the incident occurred after she had followed Azilah, who was driving her Proton Wira car to fetch Altantuya in front of Abdul Razak's house to be taken to Bukit Aman Police Headquarters on the night of Oct 19. She said the man wearing the green cap was not dressed in police uniform and was only wearing a t-shirt and jeans just like Azilah.

Rohaniza said that after Altantuya was taken away by the man wearing the green cap, Azilah walked to the Special Action Squad office while she returned to her police barracks in Petaling Jaya. According to the witness, Azilah had telephoned her at 11pm on the same night while she was at a karaoke centre in Bukit Bintang with two friends. She said Azilah wanted her to fetch him at the Jalan Duta Toll Plaza or Rawang Toll Plaza. "I did not go to fetch him as I did not know the place," Rohaniza said.

Rohaniza said Azilah, who scolded her, later went to the karaoke centre and asked her to go to the Special Action Squad office in Bukit Aman and wait for him there.
According to the witness, while at Bukit Aman, Azilah asked her to help him carry a sling bag to the car before sending Azilah to Putrajaya.Rohaniza said that Azilah had then changed his attire.

The witness admitted that after the incident, Azilah appeared to behave in a strange manner and this happened while she and Azilah went to visit Azilah's parents in Sungai Pelek, Sepang on Oct 20, 2006.

"He (Azilah) was quiet. He was quiet most of the time. Usually he would speak when visiting (Rohaniza's) parents," the witness testified.Rohaniza said she had asked Azilah why he was behaving strangely and Azilah replied that he was worried about the Chinese woman (Altantuya). She said she had asked Azilah what had appened to Altantuya and Azilah replied that he did not know how the woman could have disappeared suddenly.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Noorin Badaruddin, who was questioning the witness, later told the court that the prosecution would impeach the witness in the afternoon.
The three accused face the death penalty upon conviction.

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Malaysia's Najib silent over claimed photograph with slain woman
Sunday July 1, 11:38 AM

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysia's deputy prime minister Najib Razak will not
comment on a claim by a witness in court that she saw a photograph of him
with a murdered Mongolian woman, a report said. Najib is close to Abdul Razak Baginda, 47, a political analyst charged with abetting the murder in October last year of Altantuya Shaariibuu, 28. The deputy prime minister has vehemently denied any involvement in the case, which is seen by observers as a test of Malaysia's judicial and political integrity. "Since the trial is in progress and any statement might be sub judice to the case, it is not appropriate for the deputy prime minister to comment on the
matter," Tengku Sarifuddin Ahmad, Najib's press secretary said. The remarks come after Burmaa Oyunchimeg, 26, the victim's cousin, testified Friday that she had seen a picture of Altantuya having a meal with Abdul Razak and a "Malaysian government official" as well as others. Burmaa did not identify the official as the deputy prime minister but said Altantuya told her his name was "Najib Razak." Sarifuddin said that the deputy prime minister maintains that he never met or knew Altantuya, 28.

"I wish to make it clear that the deputy prime minister had on several occasions when interviewed by the media previously... (said) that he had never met and known the victim (Altantuya) and was not involved in the case. As such, the issue over the picture does not arise," he said in a statement to the official Bernama news agency late Saturday. Sarifuddin said the clarification was needed because the court testimony could affect public opinion on Najib. "This brief clarification was made because media reports on Friday's proceedings of the court case have given rise to various views and statements by certain parties that could affect public opinion on the deputy prime minister," Sarifuddin said.

Prosecutors say Abdul Razak planned Altantuya's killing and ordered two police officers -- members of a special unit charged with protecting the country's leaders -- to carry it out. All three face the death penalty if found guilty. Prosecutors say Altantuya was killed by "probable blast-related" injuries in a clearing in Shah Alam district, southwest of Kuala Lumpur, after she was driven away from outside Abdul Razak's house in mid-October

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July 01, 2007 00:44 AM

Two Mongolian Witnesses In Altantuya Murder Case Return Home

KUALA LUMPUR, June 30 (Bernama) -- Altantuya Shaariibuu's cousin Namiraa Gerelma and close friend Gal Ochir Uuriintuya flew home today after having testified for the prosecution in the trial of the murder of the Mongolian beauty, which entered its 10th day at the Shah Alam High Court yesterday. They left on a Malaysia Airlines flight from the KL International Airport in Sepang near here at 8.30pm.

They were accompanied to the airport by Mongolia's Honorary Consul in Malaysia Datuk Syed Abdul Rahman Alhabshi and three police officers. "They will make a transit in South Korea before continuing their journey to Mongolia," Syed Abdul Rahman said when met at the airport's departure hall. Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, 30, and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 35, from the police special action unit, are charged with murdering Altantuya, 28, at lots between 12843 and 16735 in Mukim Bukit Raja in Shah Alam between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20 last year.A prominent political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda, 46, is charged with abetting the policemen between 9.54am on Oct 18 and 9.45pm on Oct 19 last year. The three face the death sentence if convicted. The trial resumes on Monday 2nd July 2007.
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June 29, 2007 21:27 PM
Mongolian duo return home

SEPANG: Two Mongolian witnesses in the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder trial left for home last night. Namiraa Gerelmaa and Uuriintuya Gal-Ochir had given their testimonies and were discharged by the Shah Alam High Court.

Homeward bound: Syed Abdul Rahman showing something to Namiraa while they wait for the flight to Mongolia at the KL International Airport yesterday. On the left is Uuriintuya. Mongolian honorary consul-general to Malaysia Datuk Syed Abdul Rahman Al-Habshi, who accompanied the two at the KL International Airport, said they would return if the court request for them in future. The two women had been in Kuala Lumpur since early last month for the trial. They left for a flight to Seoul enroute to Ulan Bator, the capital city of Mongolia.

It is learnt that Altantuya’s father Dr Shaariibuu Setev and her cousin Burmaa Oyunchimeg would leave on Tuesday. Two police Special Action Squad personnel, Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, 30, and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 35, are on trial for the murder of Altantuya, 28, and political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda, 46, on trial for abetment. Azilah and Sirul Azhar are charged with committing the murder between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20 last year at Mukim Bukit Raja, Shah Alam. Abdul Razak, 47, is charged with abetting the policemen at his office on Level 10, Bangunan Getah Asli, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. Altantuya was shot dead and her body blown up with explosives. Fragments of her remains were found in Puncak Alam, Shah Alam, on Nov 7. The three accused face the death sentence if convicted.= = == = = == = = == =

Malaysiakini has an updated story at 11.34am.
But where is the Photo??????????
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June 29, 2007 21:27 PM

Altantuya And Razak Baginda Travelled Together To Europe

SHAH ALAM, June 29 (Bernama) -- The hearing on the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu was told that the Mongolian part-time model and Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda travelled together to France and Italy in 2005.

Burmaa Oyunchimeg (ABOVE) , 26, refuted that the relationship between her cousin Altantuya and the political analyst had ended in August 2005.
"I know why the relationship (between Altantuya and Abdul Razak) was still there (not ended in August 2005). They were travelling to Europe (France and Italy) together," Burmaa replied to a question from Deputy Public Prosecutor Manoj Kurup during re-examination on the 10th day of the hearing today.
During cross-examination by Abdul Razak's counsel Wong Kian Kheong, Burmaa disagreed that she had no personal knowledge of the Europe trip by Abdul Razak and Altantuya as she did not travel with them.
Yesterday, Burmaa told the court in her evidence that she received a short messaging system (SMS) in 2006 from Abdul Razak saying that he did not want to see Atlantutya again.
However, she disagreed with Wong during cross examination that Abdul Razak informed her (Burmaa) by SMS that he ended his relationship with Altantuya in 2005.

Burmaa, the sixth prosecution witness, was testifying at the trial against Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, 30, and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 35, who are accused of murdering Altantuya, 28, at a location between Lot 12843 and Lot 16735, Mukim Bukit Raja, between 10 pm on Oct 19 and 1 am on Oct 20, 2006.

Abdul Razak, (ABOVE) 46, was charged with abetting the two policemen from the Special Action Squad to commit the murder in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur between 9.54 am on Oct 18 and 9.45 pm on Oct 19, 2006. They face the death penalty if convicted.

Burmaa (ABOVE) , who gave her evidence in Mongolian and translated to English by an interpreter, also disagreed to a question that she did not have personal knowledge of how Altantuya dissappeared.
"I disagree because I know she (Altantuya) came to see Razak Baginda. She only knew Razak Baginda in Malaysia. I have seen the picture of Altantuya, Razak Baginda and a government official," she said.
When questioned further by counsel Karpal Singh, who was holding a watching brief for Altantuya's family, Burmaa said Altantuya had showed her the picture of Altantuya and Abdul Razak with a Malaysian government official and other people having a meal at a round table. She said Altantuya showed her the picture in Hong Kong after she (Altantuya) came back from France. (Burma met Altantuya in Hong Kong).
Karpal: Can you tell what picture?
Burmaa: There was a picture. I think Altantuya with Razak Baginda and Malaysian government official and other people having a meal. It was in a round table.
Karpal: Whether you know who was the government official?

ABOVE: Najib (circa Nov 07) - Hot blooded "Red Lip"

Burmaa: Najib Razak. I remember the name Najib Razak because the name Razak same (with Abdul Razak). So maybe I thought they are brothers. I asked her (Altantuya) are they brothers because they have the word Razak.
However, Burmaa did not show the picture to the court.
Initially there was confusion in the court when Judge Datuk Mohd Zaki said he did not have Burmaa's evidence relating the picture in his record.
Karpal Singh told the judge that Burmaa did give the evidence but he (the judge) did not take it down.

ABOVE: Judge "sleepy" & missed important evidence?

Mohd Zaki said although he "missed" taking down that evidence, he allowed Karpal Singh to pose the question to Burmaa.
As a result of Burmaa's evidence on the "government official", two separate heated arguments arose between Karpal and Deputy Public Prosecutor Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah and also between Karpal and Azilah's counsel Hazman Ahmad.(BELOW)

Hazman had accused Karpal of coaching Burmaa to give evidence on "the government official" while Karpal had disclosed an allegation implicating Azilah (the allegation was also mentioned in Abdul Razak's affidavit to support his bail application) that Abdul Razak sought help from a DSP Musa Mohd Safri when Altantuya was causing a scene at Abdul Razak's house and that DSP Musa requested his officers to take Altantuya away.
Hazman said Karpal's allegation was subjudice and that he (Karpal) had made so many allegations including on the issue that records (of Altantuya, Uuriintuya and Namiraa's entry to Malaysia) were deleted from immigration records.

Karpal: I want the allegation from Hazman that witness was coached to be withdrawn.

Mohd Zaki: Karpal is talking about Musa and you about coaching.
Karpal : I am making an application for Hazman to withdraw the allegation of coaching or face the consequences.
Hazman: Stop threatening me. This is the court of law.

Mohd Zaki: Will you withdraw Hazman?
Hazman: I want him (Karpal) to withdraw first about the statement of Musa.

Karpal: Why is he saying something irrelevant? Either withdraw or face the consequence.
Hazman: So be it.

Tun Abdul Majid (ABOVE) stood up saying that there was no evidence before the court on the allegation about DSP Musa, adding that the prosecution would call DSP Musa as witness and Karpal Singh could question Musa

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ABOVE: Day 10 of Trial: The mother Mazlina was caught grooming her daughter's hair and BELOW:in a pensive & still confident mood on the innocence of her hubby, Abdul Razak

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Burmaa: Altantuya showed me photo of her with Razak and M'sian govt officials

R.Surenthira Kumar and S.Tamarai Chelvi, SUN
DAY 10

SHAH ALAM (June 29, 2007): Altantuya Shaariibuu's cousin told the High Court here today that in August 2005, Abdul Razak Baginda and Altantuya were still having a relationship as they travelled to "Europe, France and Italy" together.
Burmaa Oyunchimeg, who is also known as Amy, 26, in reply to a question from the prosecution, said Altantuya had shown her a photograph of her with Abdul Razak and Malaysian government officials.

Later, when asked by Karpal Singh, who is holding a watching brief for Altantuya's family and the Mongolian government, Burmaa said the photograph was shown to her in Hongkong, on Altantuya's return from France. Burmaa: There was a picture of Altantuya having a meal on a roundtable. Altantuya having a meal with Razak Baginda and Malaysian government officials and other people.
Karpal: Who were the government officials in the photograph?
Burmaa: Najib Razak. I remember the name Najib Razak. I remember Razak is the same name. I asked her (Altantuya) 'are they brothers' because they have same name.

Karpal's questions were preceded and followed by objections from both the prosecution and a defence lawyer who said they were irrelevant to the case and that the answers should be expunged.
The court however later allowed Burmaa's answers to remain on record.
The drama started when DPP Manoj Kurup re-examined Burmaa, the sixth witness, on her answers to questions from Abdul Razak's lawyer Wong Kian Kheong yesterday.
Manoj said Burmaa had disagreed with Wong's suggestion that Abdul Razak sent money to Altantuya even after he had ended their relationship.

Asked why she had disagreed, Burmaa said: "I disagree because Altantuya told me there is a little misunderstanding and she will sort it out."
Q: She told you this before she left to Malaysia in August 2006?
A: Yes.
Q: So you are saying in August 2005, their relationship was still there?
A: Yes. Because I know why their relationship still there. They were travelling to Europe, France and Italy together.
Later, Manoj also asked her about another question from Wong, which she had also disagreed.
Q: You were asked by Wong whether you have any personal knowledge on how Altantuya disappeared and you disagreed?

A: Yes
Q: Why disagree?
A: I disagree. I know she came here to see Razak Baginda. She only knows Razak Baginda in Malaysia. I know why she wanted to see Razak Baginda because I see a picture of Altantuya and Razak Baginda and also government officials.

After Manoj completed his re-examination, Wong told the court the information about Abdul Razak and Altantuya travelling to Europe, France and Italy did not appear during examination-in-chief and only brought up during re-examination.

He asked for permission to examine the witness on that point. Judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yasin allowed him.

Wong: Do you agree, you did not travel with them?

Burmaa: Yes

Q: Agree that you don't have any personal knowledge?

A: Disagree

After Wong completed his examination, Karpal said he wanted to ask questions.

Justice Zaki asked him what his questions were and Karpal said it was with regards to Altantuya.

He said he wanted to ask questions on Altantuya's work, other languages she spoke and also on the goverment officials.

At this point, objections were raised, first by DPP Tun Majid Tun Hamzah and then lawyer Hazman Ahmad.

Karpal said the witness did say there were government officials in a photograph and he wanted to pursue it.

The judge said he did not have record of this and asked the witness whether she had said so.

Burmaa replied: "In Hongkong, after she came from France, she went to Hongkong to meet me and showed me a picture."

As the Mongolian interpreter was translating what she said, Hazman objected. Tun Majid also objected, saying there was no relevence and he explained to the judge that that was not the question from Manoj.At this point, both Karpal and Tun Majid started to address the court at the same time, resulting in each telling the other to shut up.

Then Majid said Karpal should put the question through prosecution while Karpal said Tun Majid had sent a contemptuous letter. (Tun Majid had sent a letter to Karpal on the court's decisions that if he had questions, he had to go through the prosecution and not the court).

Karpal told Tun Majid not to hide and he replied that he was not hiding anything and to let him finish.

The judge then checked his own notes. At this point, Tun Majid told Karpal that he had no right to tell him to sit down.
Zaki also told Karpal the same thing.
Karpal said when he was addressing the court, Tun Majid must sit down.
Karpal then read out his notes of the proceeding pertaining to this matter.
Tun Majid said they did not record the anwer and said the reply was not the anwer to the question posed by Manoj.

"That is why I am pursuing it," said Karpal.
At this point, the witness said she had said it. Karpal then asked permission to put the questions through the court.
The judge said he must hear Karpal's questions first before allowing him to ask. "I want to know the questions first as I may not allow it."
The judge checked his notes again and then allowed the question to be asked as the witness said she had said it and that he had "missed it".

Q: You said Altantuya showed you a picture after coming back from France. Can you tell us what the picture was?

A: There was a picture of Altantuya having a meal on a roundtable. Altantuya having a meal with Razak Baginda and Malaysian government officials and other people.
Q: Who were the government officials in the photograph?

ABOVE: Najib Razak (circa Nov 07) - Hot blooded "Red Lip"

A: Najib Razak. I remember the name Najib Razak. I remember Razak is the same name. I asked her 'are they brothers' because they have same name.

At this point, Tun Majid asked the relevance of the question.

Karpal said there was evidence in the court in Abdul Razak's affdavit about ADC (Aide de Camp) of the deputy prime minister, who is 'DSP Musa'.

However, Zaki said it was in the bail application, which was not before him. Azilah's lawyer Hazman Ahmad said the statement was subjudice.

Tun Majid said they would be calling the witness (DSP Musa) and that he could question him then.
Hazman said Karpal had access to the witness and interpreter and alleged that he had been coaching the witnesses.
Karpal then protested and asked for the allegation to be withdrawn.

Hazman said Karpal should also withdraw his statement about DSP Musa.
Tun Majid then asked for the purpose of holding a watching brief. He said it is to assist the family."We are not here to turn the court into a political forum. You can go to Parliament to do it. You must have respect for the court. There must be respect," he said.
Tun Majid asked: "Why can't you have faith in the system? Let the trial go on smoothly."

Hazman said Karpal had also made an allegation about the deleted Immigration records.
Karpal again told Hazman: Withdraw the statement or face the consequences.

Hazman: Don't threaten me, this is a court of law.

The judge said he had recorded that Tun Majid and Hazman had objected.
He said he did not record the part on DSP Musa.
On the matter between Karpal and Hazman, he said he will leave it to them both and will not make any order.
He said he disallowed Karpal from further questioning the witness but said he recorded the witness's answer on the photograph.

Azilah warned Altantuya not to disturb Abdul Razak: Rohaniza

SHAH ALAM (June 29, 2007): The High Court here was told that Chief Insp Azilah Hadri, the first accused in the murder trial of Altantuya Shaariibuu, had warned the Mongolian woman not to disturb Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda.
Azilah's girlfriend, L/Cpl Rohaniza Roslan, 29, told the courtt she heard Azilah instructing Altantuya to meet Abdul Razak personally in the political analyst's office if she had any problem and not to create a commotion in front of Abdul Razak's house.

Altantuya was also reminded by Azilah not to disturb Abdul Razak as healready had a family, Rohaniza testified.
Rohaniza, who is attached to the Federal Police Headquarters Administration Department, Bukit Aman, disclosed this in her testimony as the seventh prosecution witness during examination in chief on the 10th day of the Altantuya murder hearing.
Azilah, 30, together with Cpl Sirul Azhar Umar, 35, from the Special Action Squad, are charged with the murder of Altantuya, 28, in a location between lot 12843 and 16735, Mukim Bukit Raja here between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20.
Abdul Razak, 46, is charged with betting the two policemen in the Federal Territory (of KL) between 9.54am on Oct 18, 2006, and 9.45pm on Oct 19.
She said Azilah issued the three reminders to Altantuya in the car after the first accused picked up Altantuya who was waiting in front of Abdul Razak's house on the night of Oct 19.
Earlier, before relating the incident on the night of Oct 19, Rohaniza, dressed in police uniform, cried when Deputy Public Prosecutor Noreen Baharuddin asked her to identify Azilah in the dock.
"(Azilah is) the third person on the left, Your Honour," said Rohaniza, wiping tears from her eyes.
Azilah just looked down without turning to Rohaniza when she made the identification.

Rohaniza testified that about 7pm on Oct 19, she broke fast with Azilah in a restaurant in Petaling Jaya. They went to the restaurant in a red Proton Wira Aeroback belonging to Rohaniza.

Noreen (ABOVE) : Who was Azilah Hadri to you at that time?"

Rohaniza: Azilah was my boyfriend.
Rohaniza said she and Azilah had been friends for the past nine years and their relationship was close. Noreen subsequently asked Rohaniza to describe what transpired after the dinner in the restaurant at about 7.45pm.

"Azilah said he wanted to clear his things in his office in Bukit Aman. He asked me to accompany him there. We went in my car and reached (the office) about 8.10pm.
"As we were clearing up, Azilah suddenly received a call on his handphone and he went out of the office for about five minutes.

"Azilah later told me he wanted to see a friend in Damansara," she said.
She said Azilah initially did not want her to follow, but after she pleaded that she did not want to be left in the office together withAzilah's friend, the first accused later agreed to take her along.
Rohaniza said they later went to a double-storey house in a residential area in Bukit Damansara in her (Rohaniza's) car which was driven by Azilah.

Upon arrival in front of the house, Azilah stopped the car outside the perimeter fence without switching off the engine.
When asked to estimate the distance between the car and the house, Rohaniza said "the distance is similar to the distance between my (present) seat and Your Honour", she said pointing to Justice Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yasin.

"What is the estimated distance? As a policewoman, you should know. If you can't (estimate) in metric (measurement), use feet (as measurement)," said Mohd Zaki, which drew smiles from those in the public gallery.

"Hah, what is the distance? The lawyers too (need to know)," Mohd Zaki asked Noreen.

"I too am not sure, why don't we use a ruler and make a guess?" replied the Deputy Public Prosecutor with a chuckle.

Defence counsel Wong Kian Kheong, representing Abdul Razak, chipped in, saying that the distance meant by the witness was about six to seven metres.

Continuing her testimony, Rohaniza said after the car had stopped, she saw an Indian man and a Chinese woman talking beside a car.
"Azilah then got out of the car and walked to the Indian man and spoke with him briefly. Later, he walked to a tree, I'm not sure whether he had received a call or was making a telephone call," she said.

Throughout the proceedings, Rohaniza was asked repeatedly by Noreen to give her testimony slowly and clearly, to facilitate the court and lawyers in taking down notes.
Noreen later asked Rohaniza the distance between the tree referred to by the witness and her car.
"From where Your Honour is sitting to the back door," replied Rohaniza as she pointed to the court's backdoor.
"Now I am being used (as measurement)!" said the judge, drawing laughter from those present in court.
"How far Encik Wong?" asked Noreen and the defence counsel replied "about 15 metres".
Rohaniza later told the court Azilah subsequently approached her (Rohaniza) and asked her to move over to the back seat and saw the Chinese woman walking towards her (Rohaniza's) car.
The woman then sat in the back seat on her left. However, Rohaniza did not ask who she was.

Noreen: What transpired?

Rohaniza: As we were leaving, a man wearing a green cap suddenly came from behind the car. He boarded the car and sat beside Azilah.

Noreen: Can you identify the man?

Rohaniza: No.
Noreen: What happened then?
Rohaniza: As we were about to leave, a taxi driver suddenly came to ask for taxi fare. He said that the Chinese woman had not paid her taxi fare. Azilah scolded the woman and took out money to pay the taxi driver, looked like RM50 but I don't know how many pieces.
She said Azilah then drove the car up to a junction and stopped after the man wearing the cap had asked to do so.
Rohaniza said after Azilah had stopped the car, she saw the man with the cap walking towards a Vitara car parked beside a tree.
She testified that although she could not identify the vehicle's registration number, she was certain that it was a dark green Vitara as she could see clearly because there was a street light at the junction.
Later, Rohaniza testified that the man drove the Vitara and Azilah followed in her car.
During the journey, Rohaniza said Azilah spoke in English and issued a warning and reminder to Altantuya not to disturb Abdul Razak at home.
Before giving her testimony, Rohaniza asked the judge's permission to refer to the notes on the conversation between Azilah and the Chinese woman that she had jotted down several days after she was released from detention on Nov 14, 2006.

Noreen, however, asked Rohaniza to recall what had transpired without referring to the notes.

Subsequently, Rohaniza said that during the journey, the Chinese woman asked who they (Azilah and Rohaniza) were and Azilah replied (in English) "the police".

Then the Vitara car gave a signal and stopped (beside the road).

"Azilah stopped the car. He got out of the car and walked towards the Vitara car. Azilah boarded the Vitara briefly and then came back to the (Wira) car. At that particular moment, I moved over to the front seat.
"The Chinese woman was still sitting in the back seat," Rohaniza said.
Rohaniza ended her testimony and the hearing was adjourned to Monday (July 2).

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SHAH ALAM (June 29, 2007): Burmaa Oyunchimeg today lodged a police report against lawyer Hazman Ahmad for alleging that she had been coached by lawyer Karpal Singh in the Altantuya murder hearing.

Burmaa, a cousin of Mongolian Russian interpreter Altantuya Shaariibuu, lodged the report with the Shah Alam court complex police base.
The accusation arose after Karpal Singh, who earlier argued with lead Deputy Public Prosecutor Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah, asked Hazman to withdraw his allegation or face the consequences.
Hazman, who represents C/Insp Azilah Hadri, made the allegations after he objected to Karpal's move to cross examine Burmaa in relation to her testimony over who the government officials were in the picture which Altantuya and Abdul Razak were seen having a meal with.

Karpal is engaged to hold a watching brief for Alatantuya's family and the Mongolian government.

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SHAH ALAM (June 29, 2007): An activist staged a lone protest today against police brutality outside the High Court where the Altantuya murder hearing is being held.

Nooraza Othman held placards bearing messages that read: "Malaysian women no to violence", "Women for peace and social justice", "Malaysian women in solidarity wz Altantuya" and "Malaysian women no to police violence".
"I am also here to protest the cruel death of Altantuya," said Nooraza.

She arrived at the court complex at about 8.20am and headed to the rear entrance where the suspects are usually brought in by the police from prison.
Speaking loudly and clutching the placards, Nooraza condemned the violence against women and Altantuya's death.
Claiming to be an anti-war activist who had been crusading against war and violence, especially against women, Nooraza, clad in a headscarf and baju kebaya, vented her anger over Altantuya's killing.

"Look at how Altantuya was mercilessly murdered and some people are going around claiming they are proud ... What are they proud about?" she asked.
While talking she exchanged placards, placing the ones she held earlier and picking up others which she placed earlier on the ground.

Police personnel on duty just watched and recorded her movements while she went on with her protest for about 40 minutes.
She then told reporters she was disturbed over Altantuya's murder and the way she died.
Nooraza said she had just returned from Ireland after spending the last five years crusading against war and violence against women. She was later seen holding the placards again inside the court complex and when Altantuya's cousin, Burmaa Oyunchimeg, was leaving after testifying, conveyed her condolences to Altantuya's family and said,: "All Malaysian women are appalled by Altantuya's murder."

Nooraza kept holding the posters from time to time and kept at her protest until the crowd left.

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June 29, 2007 15:04 PM
Azilah Told Altantuya Not To Disturb Razak
SHAH ALAM, June 29 (Bernama) -- The Shah Alam High Court here was told Friday that Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaaribuu had been reminded by Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri not to disturb Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda and create a commotion in front of the political analyst's house. Azilah's girlfriend, Lance Corporal Rohaniza Roslan told the court that Azilah also instructed Altantuya to meet Abdul Razak at his office if there was any problem. She said Azilah also told Altantuya not to disturb Abdul Razak because he had a family. Rohaniza said this when testifying as the seventh prosecution witness in the Altantuya murder trial which entered its 10th day today.

She said Azilah gave the instruction to Altantuya in a car after taking the woman who had been waiting in front of Abdul Razak's house on the night of Oct 19, 2006. In the dock are Azilah, 30, and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 35, both from the Bukit Aman Special Action Unit, charged with murdering Altantuya, 28, at lots between 12843 and 16735 in Mukim Bukit Raja between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20 last year. Abdul Razak, 46, is accused of abetting the two policemen. They face the death penalty if convicted.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having an adulterous relationship and having no evidence. Baginda taught he could wash his hands clean.

12:59 PM  

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