RM7b Aluminum Smelter – Study-Built Deal - Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd CMS + Australian Rio Tinto; On-Stream by 2011; 2 Smelters NO Undersea Cable?
ABOVE: the 3rd accused Abdul Razak Baginda, arriving on Day 31 Trial and BELOW & BELOW: the Hooded ones Sirul and Azilah
UPDATE: Day 31 Trial
Officer: I was directed to amend reports
R. Surenthira Kumar and Maria J. Dass, from SUN
SHAH ALAM (August 8, 2007): A police officer told the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder trial he was directed by his superior officer to amend the police reports he had filed before Cpl Sirul Azhar led them to his house where police recovered jewellery belonging to Altantuya. ASP Zulkarnain Samsudin (ABOVE) denied suggestions by Sirul Azhar's lawyer, Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin, that the amendments were done to "beautify" the reports.
He said his superior, DSP Gan Tack Guan,(ABOVE) had reasoned that the amendments were necessary because the copies of the reports were not in "good condition". Zulkarnian was replying to Kamarul Hisham's questions during the continuation of his cross-examination.
ABOVE: Sirul Azhar's lawyer, Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin, surprised everyone in courts when he produced a copy of the report filed by Zulkarnain which stated a different unit number from the flat owned by Sirul Azhar
"The previous reports were destroyed as they were not clear because of problems with the printer and photocopier," he said when asked about the discrepancies in the reports. Zulkarnain also told judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yasin he lost count of the number of times he had signed the amended copies of the reports because Gan had told him to re-sign the copies on numerous occasions. Asked if he had signed the copies before the trial started, Zulkarnain admitted doing so. He said he "blindly" signed the amended copies without reading their contents.
"I did not check the details. I just signed the space where my signature was required," he said. The amendments included the insertion of Sirul Azhar's name on the report, and the addition of the words "something", "yang" and "ada" to the report which stated that Sirul Azhar had told Zulkarnain and Chief Insp Koh Fei Cheow he could take them to his house in Kota Damansara to show where he kept the jewellery. It also stated that Zulkarnain had cautioned Sirul Azhar before he made the revelation. Kamarul Hisham asked Zulkarnain about his visit to Sirul Azhar's flat and the recovery of the jewellery from the inner pocket of Sirul Azhar's black jacket.
He also caught the prosecution off guard when he produced a copy of the report filed by Zulkarnain which stated a different unit number from the flat owned by Sirul Azhar. "Can you explain why the report states the unit number as
Photos of Sirul Azhar pointing to the jewellery placed in his jacket after it was recovered were also shown to Zulkarnain who admitted instructing Sirul Azhar to pose for the shots to be taken.
Zulkarnain denied an earlier suggestion by Kamarul Hisham that he had offered to help Sirul Azhar if he cooperated with them by providing information during the investigations.ABOVE: Glum faced, ASP Zulkarnain Samsudin (ABOVE) leaving court after being questioned throughly by Sirul Azhar's lawyer, Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin. (BELOW) The evidence carted to court on Day 31 Trial
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Two Versions Of Police Reports With Varying House Address
SHAH ALAM, Aug 8 (Bernama) -- The defence in the murder trial of Altantuya Shaariibuu raised questions on whether the jewellery belonging to the Mongolian woman was found at the flat of the accused Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar or another house since there were two versions of the police reports with varying addresses. The police reports were lodged by ASP Zulkarnain Samsudin, 34, from the Major Crime Department, D9 at the Kuala Lumpur Police Contingent Headquarters on the finding of the jewellery at Sirul Azhar's house after he and his team returned from inspecting Sirul Azhar's flat at no 5-3-7, at Jalan Camar, 4/1 Gugusan Semarak, Section 4, Kota Damansara, Selangor on Nov 7 last year.
Counsel Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin, who represented Sirul Azhar, produced to the court a copy of a version of the police report with Zulkarnain's signature on it which stated the address of the house where the police went to inspect was
When questioned by Kamarul Hisham, Zulkarnain, who is the 23rd prosecution witness, denied that he and his team went to another house instead of the house at the address
Kamarul: This is your report with the address
Kamarul: Referring to the report. What caused you to make that mistake
Zulkarnain: At the house of the second accused (Sirul Azhar), I had taken several handphone bills, water or electricity bills or letters from the house. One of the bills that I took stated
Kamarul: You did not check what other bills stated?
Zulkarnain: Other bills I can't remember.
Kamarul: You just picked the one that happened to be
Sirul Azhar, 36, and Azilah, 31, both from the Bukit Aman police Special Action Unit, are charged with murdering Altantuya, 28, at a location between Lot 12843 and Lot 16735, Mukim Bukit Raja, near Shah Alam, between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20 last year, while Abdul Razak, 47, a political analyst, is charged with abetting the two. All three face the death sentence if convicted.
During the 31st day of hearing today, the defence also questioned Zulkarnain's testimony which said that Sirul Azhar was the one who disclosed and showed to the police where the jewellery belonging to Altantuya were kept.
At the last hearing, the court was told that the jewellery were found in the inside pocket of a black jacket belonging to Sirul Azhar in a cupboard in a bedroom of Sirul Azhar's two-bedroom flat.
Kamarul contended that Zulkarnain had made a proposal to Sirul Azhar that the police would help him (Sirul Azhar) if he (Sirul Azhar) agreed to follow the police and show as well as identify the jewellery belonging to Altantuya. However, Zulkarnain disagreed with Kamarul.
Zulkarnain also denied that he had asked Sirul Azhar to pose for the photographer by holding the black jacket and show the jewellery based on their previous agreement.
Zulkarnain also disagreed with Kamarul Hisham when it was put to him (Zulkarnain) that he had ordered Sirul Azhar to sit at a dining table (ABOVE)at his (Sirul Azhar) flat while he and five other policemen entered Sirul Azhar's bedroom and closed the door for 10 to 15 minutes.
The witness also disagreed when put by Kamarul Hisham that a few minutes later, three policemen came out of Sirul Azhar's bedroom carrying a bag whose contents were unknown. Zulkarnain denied that he then directed Sirul Azhar to go into the bedroom. During the hearing on Friday (Aug 3) the defence had raised questions on the presence of two separate police reports by Zulkarnain which contained several differences, including the spelling of his (Zulkarnain) name and date of birth.
However, Zulkarnain had clarified to the court that there were two reports because he had amended several words after checking it for the second time on the same day.
Meanwhile outside the court, a 51-year-old woman, dressed in a black coat like a lawyer and seen at the court almost everyday during the Altantuya's trial, had lodged two police reports to refute a report lodged by a court policeman alleging that she had disrupted court proceedings. In her report, the woman, who is from
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ABOVE: Malaysiakini had the early story yesterday from Langkawi, details H E R E by subscription.
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RM7b Aluminum Smelter – Study-Built Deal -Cahya Mata
Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto on Tuesday sign an agreement with Conglomerate Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd (CMS) to study-build what is perhaps one of the worlds largest Aluminum Smelter. The cost of the project was not disclosed but industry sources indicated the cost would be around US2 Billion (escalating to US5b) using power from the Bakun Dam.
ABOVE: A "greenfield" Aluminium smelter - no pollution?
The study will take 12-18 months covering technical, operational, environmental to social economic analysis of the smelter. The smelter would be known as the SAC –
It will have an initial production capacity of 550,000 tones per year rising to1.5 million tones. The smelter will be powered by the 2,400-megawatt Bakun hydroelectric
dam due to be completed by 2010.
Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud boasted " another proposal from a Malaysian-Chinese consortium to build an aluminium smelter in the state remained on the table. "after we have some experience with Rio Tinto.
So with two smelters , the undersea cable to Peninsular is scuttled?
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Rio Tinto Aluminium Limited Chief executive Oscar Groeneveld said today the smelter would have an initial production capacity of 550,000 tonnes per year and the capacity to expand to 1.5 million tonnes, with its raw materials to be sourced from its Australian Yarwun alumina refinery in
The agreement between CMS, represented by its group chairman Tan Sri Syed Anwar Jamalullail, group managing director Datuk Richard Curtis and deputy group managing director Syed Ahmad Alwee Alsree, and Rio Tinto, represented by Groeneveld, Smelting (Australia) managing director Sandeep Biswas and Smelter Project Development general manager Matt Liddy, was witnessed by Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and Australian High Commissioner Penny Williams.
ABOVE: The deal signed witnessed by Australian High Commissioner Penny Williams (Back Left) and Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud (Back, 2nd Right)
Following the agreement - detailing feasibility studies on the design, engineering, construction, commissioning and operation of an aluminium smelter - the project will be known as Sarawak Aluminium Company (Salco), with CMS taking 40 percent stake and Rio Tinto 60 percent initially. Groeneveld said over the next 12 to 18 months, Salco would be examining the technical, environmental, operational, social and economic aspects of the proposed smelter, which would be on an industrial site of eight sq km to incorporate downstream activities. Given that the smelter would be a Malaysian project, he said, locals would be given priority in terms of employment with about 1,300 jobs per year to the country's gross domestic product (GDP) at current metal prices, he said.
Meanwhile, Curtis said CMS would raise funding for the project from its own equities and the international capital market.
Earlier, Taib said the development of the smelter project was timely as it would be the catalyst for the next phase of
Taib was happy to note that Salco was committed to providing industrial training of locals in overseas smelters and educational institutions besides conducting in-depth community and environmental assessments for the host communities in the state.
ABOVE & BELOW: The final handshake- acknowledgment of the deal between
CMS group chairman Tan Sri Syed Anwar Jamalullail (Left)and Rio Tinto CEO Groeneveld
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Tuesday August 7,
KUCHING, Malaysia, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Malaysia's Sarawak state on Borneo island has room for two aluminum smelters, with the second plant likely to go ahead around 2013 as more power supply becomes available, Sarawak's chief minister said on Tuesday.
Global miner Rio Tinto Ltd/Plc on Tuesday agreed to a feasibility study of setting up the first aluminum smelter in
Rio Tinto Aluminium Chief Executive Oscar Groeneveld said his firm was made to understand that the Malaysian government has nominated local conglomerate Sime Darby as the owner of the Bakun power generation. "We now have to enter into those discussions with the state and federal governments," he told reporters when asked when power supply talks would begin.
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Aug. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Rio Tinto Group, the world's third- largest mining
company, said an aluminum smelter it plans to build in
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