Thursday, September 06, 2007

MORE PICS & Video – Day36 – Altantuya Murder Trial; Investigative Officer informed Her Jewellery in Jacket; Photos Taken at Sirul’s Flat Spontaneous

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UPDATE: Day 37 Murder Trial

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ABOVE: Malaysiakini late evening Report on Day 36 Trial, details H E R E

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Day 36 Trial; Sept 06 07

Photos not re-enacted, says cop;
R.Surenthira Kumar; SUN

SHAH ALAM (Sept 6, 2007): A police photographer denied some of the pictures taken during the search conducted in Cpl Sirul Azhar Umar's flat were re-enacted.

L/Cpl Kamarol Zaman Mat Nor,(ABOVE) replying to questions from Sirul Azhar's lawyer, Ahmad Zaidi Zainal, said the pictures were taken in sequence spontaneously and not re-staged as suggested by the defence lawyer. He was testifying as the prosecution's witness in a trial-within-a-trial in the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder trial today before judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yasin. Kamarol Zaman, 41, is with the photography unit of the Criminal Investigation Department 's (CID) D6 division based in the Kuala Lumpur police contingent headquarters (IPK KL). The trial-within-a-trial was initiated to determine the admissibility of Sirul Azhar's statement on the discovery of the jewellery belonging to the Mongolian national in his Kota Damansara flat last Nov 7.

Ahmad Zaidi: The photos H and I. I say, it was a re-enactment. Agree?
Kamarol Zaman: Disagree
Ahmad Zaidi: Refer to photo F. You said the picture was taken after the items (jewellery belonging to Altantuya) were found by the serious crimes division team led by ASP Zulkarnain Samsudin in Sirul Azhar's room.
Kamarol Zaman: I disagree. The photos F and G were taken before the items were found. That's why the room looked orderly. I only took pictures of the opened room door and the view in the room. I did not enter the room.
Mohd Zaki: The photos H and I were taken after you were informed the items were found. So, isn't it a re-enactment?
Kamarol Zaman: I disagree the suggestion that it was a re-enactment.
Ahmad Zaidi: Why do you say you disagree?
Kamarol Zaman: Because the pictures were taken spontaneously and on the instructions of ASP Zulkarnain.
He said Zulkarnain told him to be on standby with his camera and to snap photos when Sirul Azhar pointed and showed the jacket and the items found after the search.

However, Kamarol Zaman admitted he received specific instructions from Zulkarnain not to enter Sirul Azhar's room when the search was being conducted and he was called in to take the photos after the team had completed their work.

Kamarol Zaman was also unable to tell what the three bomb disposal unit personnel did at the house as he was not sure if they had entered Sirul Azhar's room or not.

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Earlier in the day, Deputy Public Prosecutor Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah continued with his examination-in-chief on Cpl Chiam Swee Guan.
He was asked to narrate what transpired from the point when the serious crimes division (D9) officers and personnel escorted Sirul Azhar from IPK KL to his home, located on the third floor of Block C flats at Gugusan Semarak in Kota Damansara. Chiam got into difficulties in answering several questions from Tun Abdul Majid in connection with, whether he heard ASP Zulkarnain instructing Sirul Azhar to point to his black jacket which was removed from the wardrobe in his room.

He also asked for the questions to be repeated several times, claiming he did not understand it. Chiam also faltered when asked if similar instruction was given to Sirul Azhar to point to the jewellery, allegedly taken out of his jacket pocket and placed on the bed for photos to be taken. At first he answered there an instruction, but later said there was no such directive before finally saying he was not sure as he was unable to remember.

Chiam also refuted suggestions by Sirul Azhar's other lawyer Hasnal Rezua Merican that he and the D9 team knew in detail Sirul Azhar's house address when they embarked on the journey from IPK KL on Nov 7, 2006. Chiam was also grilled about who entered earlier and who went later among the D9, bomb disposal unit (UPB) and Special Action Unit (UTK), when they arrived at Sirul Azhar's flats. His version differed from the previous witnesses, who also gave similar contradicting testimonies.

Hearing continues tomorrow.

What happened today:
> Cpl Chiam Swee Guan from the CID continued his testimony in the trial-within-a-trial.
> Police photographer L/Cpl Kamarol Zaman Mat Nor testified.

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September 06, 2007 16:00 PM

Witness: Sirul Told Io That Altantuya's Jewellery Were In His Jacket

SHAH ALAM, Sept 6 (Bernama) -- A policeman told the High Court here Thursday that he heard Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, accused of murdering Altantuya Shaariibuu, telling the investigating officer that he kept the Mongolian's jewellery in a black jacket.

ABOVE: Corporal Chiam Swee Guan arriving in Court always with a luggage of evidence (BELOW)

Corporal Chiam Swee Guan, (ABOVE) 43, said Sirul Azhar then gave the jacket to ASP Zulkarnain Samsudin who placed it on the bed, checked it and took out a ring, a pair earrings and a watch from it. "As soon as the three items were taken out, Sirul Azhar pointed to them saying that they were her (Altantuya's) things. It was then that the photographer took the pictures," he said, adding that all this took place in Sirul Azhar's room, after the latter opened his cupboard.

Chiam was testifying at a trial-within-a-trial to determine the admissibility of Zulkarnain's evidence that Sirul Azhar showed him where Altantuya's jewellery was kept.

Sirul Azhar, 36, and Chief Insp Azilah Hadri,(ABOVE, the Hooded ones) 31, are charged with murdering Altantuya, 28, in Mukim Bukit Raja while political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda is charged with abetting them.

ABOVE: Abdul Razak Baginda arriving on Day 36 Trial and BELOW Tagged along by Daughter Rowena and wife Mazlinda

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ABOVE: Malaysiakini also came out with a late report (details H E R E) on Day 37 Altantuya Trial due to the demands in the Budget reports

UPDATE: Day 37 Murder Trial

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Officer ‘showed respect to accused’ when searching house

ABOVE: Abdul Razak Baginda arriving in court with the other two hooded accused and BELOW: Daughter Rowena acknowledging her Dad with her left index finger while her Mother Mazlinda watched.


A POLICE officer who led a team to recover Altantuya Shaariibuu's jewellery maintained his courtesy when searching the home of the person who allegedly murdered her.

ABOVE & BELOW: the polite police officer Asst Supt Zulkarnain Samsudin who would take off his shoes when entering someone house.

Asst Supt Zulkarnain Samsudin, the “polite” officer, said he removed his shoes as he entered Kpl Sirul Azhar's flat unit in Kota Damansara on Nov 7 last year. He also instructed his subordinates from the D9 (serious crimes division) of the Kuala Lumpur police contingent headquarters to do the same. Asked by DPP Tun Abd Majid Tun Hamzah why he did that, ASP Zulkarnain replied, “It's a practice for me to remove my shoes whenever I enter someone else's house to conduct a search, more so when the owner is present.” ASP Zulkarnain, 34, is the prosecution's fourth witness in a trial-within-a-trial to determine whether the court should exercise its discretion to exclude two incriminating statements allegedly made by Kpl Sirul Azhar from the trial records.

ABOVE: The counsel Kamarl Hisham (Left) for Sirul Azhar (BELOW)

The witness, who maintained that his team did not conduct any other searches apart from recovering the jewellery from Kpl Sirul Azhar's room, explained that one of his subordinates had picked up a piece of cloth from the floor and placed it on the bed. Kpl Sirul Azhar's defence team had previously argued that a blue cloth, which “suddenly appeared” on the bed in some of the photographs taken by the police that day, was an indication the room had been ransacked. “I ordered my subordinates to respect the owner of the house – Kpl Sirul Azhar – and not to mess up or step on anything in the room,” said the witness, who added that it could be the same piece of cloth.

ASP Zulkarnain also denied that he had set up Kpl Sirul Azhar and made him the fall guy in the murder case. He denied all the allegations Kpl Sirul Azhar made against him when the latter testified on Monday. Kpl Sirul Azhar, 36, had told the court that ASP Zulkarnain promised to help him out in the case if he agreed to point at some “items” and to be photographed with them. He also accused the officer of having tried to convince him to disclose everything he knew during interrogation at the Kuala Lumpur police contingent headquarters around noon on Nov 7. Unit Tindakan Khas (Special Action Squad) operatives C/Insp Azilah Hadri, 31, and Kpl Sirul Azhar, are charged with murdering 28-year-old Altantuya between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20 in Mukim Bukit Raja, Shah Alam while political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, 47, is accused of abetting them in Kuala Lumpur between 9.54am on Oct 18 and 9.45pm on Oct 19. The trial-within-a-trial will resume on Sept 17.

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September 07, 2007 20:04 PM

Zulkarnain Denies 'Setting Up' Sirul

SHAH ALAM, Sept 7 (Bernama) -- ASP Zulkarnain Samsudin today denied that he wanted to set Sirul Azhar Umar up and promised to free him if he disclosed where Altantuya Shaariibuu's jewellery had been kept. The 34-year-old officer attached to the Serious Crime Division of the Kuala Lumpur Police Headquarters' Criminal Investigation Department, also maintained his testimony given in previous proceedings that Sirul had voluntarily given information and disclosed to him where the accused kept the jewellery in his house in Kota Damansara. He said he did not threaten or persuade Sirul and did not rise from his seat and bang on the desk when Sirul replied "don't know" to questions posed during the interrogation at his office on November 7 last year.

Zulkarnain said he also had never told Sirul "you should speak the truth, what you know, tell. I know you are a member (of the force) also. So in this matter, we will try to help you, you say it". He also said he did not raise his voice at Sirul when he said "don't make me treat you like other accused". "I did not tell Sirul the matter would not be taken to court and he would be freed if he showed and identified the jewellery so that a photographer could take pictures," he said when examined by Deputy Public Prosecutor Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah.(BELOW)

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BELOW: The trial judge: Mohd Zaki


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