Tuesday, July 03, 2007

MORE PICS & Video – Day 11-Altantuya Murder Trial; Taken by Green Cap Man & Disappeared Suddenly; Rohaniza Roslan – 9 Conflicting perjury statements

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ABOVE: the accused arriving and BELOW: the lead DPP Tun Majid making his entrance
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ABOVE & BELOW: The ritual continues on Day 11 of Trial with the wife Mazlina, daughter Roweena & others waiting for a glimpse of accused Abdul Razak passing below

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ABOVE: a closed up view of the 3rd accused and BELOW: The wave back from him to his family waiting above

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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 (ABOVE) 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'

BELOW: Rohaniza - the centre of Attention

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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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 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.

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July 02, 2007 16:12 PM
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 happened 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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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Azilah Hadhari replied that he did not know how the woman could have disappeared suddenly--- Of course, she disappeared suddenly, you idiot. You would also disappear suddenly if you blow yourself apart with C4.

8:05 AM  

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