Friday, February 15, 2008

MORE PICS – Day 87, 86 & 85 Altantantuya Murder Trial –Celcom Expert - many sources trace Azilah’s movements; denies Police Conspiracy; Judge rapped

MORE PICS – Day 87, 86 & 85 Altantantuya Murder TrialCelcom Expert - many sources trace Azilah’s movements; denies Police Conspiracy; Judge rapped defense lawyer for grilling witness with repeated question 3 times
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2008/02/1- 'I relied on more than one source', Bernama Via NST

SHAH ALAM: Celcom Ber-had's technical specialist Haizal Hambali told the High Court here yesterday that he did not depend on one source of information to trace the movements of Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri but referred to data from several transmission stations to triangulate his position at the material times.

ABOVE: Third accused Abdul Razak spotted on Day 87 And BELOW: Tailed by his daughter entering the Courtroom

Haizal, 32, said based on information collated from the "Location Area Code" (LAC)) and "Service Area Code" (SAC) of the telecommunications provider's transmission stations and exchange, calls made by the first accused in the murder trial of Altantuya Shaaribuu, were from the locations he had given and could not be far from them.= = == = = = =

ABOVE & BELOW: Haizal as seen on Day 87 of the Trial

Haizal is the prosecution's 63rd witness in the trial, which entered its 87th day yesterday.

He testified for almost five hours during re-examination by deputy public prosecutor Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah on mobile telephone transaction data relating to calls made by Azilah to refute claims by counsel J. Kuldeep Kumar, the accused's lawyer, that one of the records showed Azilah could not have been at the murder scene.

On Wednesday, Kuldeep had claimed that according to records provided by Mohd Firdaous Mohd Omar of Celcom's Investigations and Special Projects Division, the location codes of Azilah were different and he (Azilah) was in Jalan Pahang and not Damansara as stated by Haizal. There was also the possibility that Azilah could have been at First World in Genting Highlands and not Pekan Subang on the day of the Mongolian woman's murder. The discrepancy arose because of the technical errors made by Celcom staff when extracting call data from differing systems.

Azilah's mobile phone used the 3G system.

Justice Mohd Zaki Md Yasin then stated that it was not the fault of the defence lawyer in inferring that his client was at a different place because the records indicated so.

When Mohd Zaki asked Haizal, who should be faulted for this, he did not reply and just smiled in the witness box

Azilah, 32, and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 37, are alleged to have murdered Altantuya, 28, between 10pm on Oct 19, 2006 and 1am the next day at a jungle in Bukit Raja near here. Abdul Razak Baginda, 48, a political analyst, is charged with abetting them. Hearing before Judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yasin continues on Monday 18th Feb 2008).

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Prosecution to call six more witnesses

Maria J. Dass, theSUN
SHAH ALAM (Feb 15, 2008): The prosecution in the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder trial is expected to call at least six more witnesses before it wraps up its case. Deputy Public Prosecutor Tun Abdul Majid (BELOW) Tun Hamzah also told the High Court he needed another day to re-examine Celcom (M) Bhd technical specialist Haizal Hambali on the technical details of call transactions made through the phone number 019-3636153 registered to first accused Chief Insp Azilah Hadri.

The call transactions have been the subject of scrutiny by the court since December. Yesterday, judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yasin asked Tun Abdul Majid if he was going to finish wrapping up the prosecution’s case after the DPP said he was almost done questioning Haizal, the 63rd witness in the trial and the third from Celcom. Tun Abdul Majid said he hoped to finish the re-examination of Haizal by today. After that, "we have no choice but to call another witness from Celcom to explain the discrepancies and missing data in the Call Details Record (CDR)". He said he may need to question this witness over the next three days of the hearing, scheduled for next week.
“After that, we have three doctors, one hospital assistant and the investigating officer (ASP Tonny Lunggan) scheduled to testify,” he said.

Azilah, 31, a Police Special Action Unit officer, and his colleague Sirul Azhar Umar, 36, are charged with murdering Altantuya, a Mongolian, at a jungle clearing in Puncak Alam between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20, 2006. Political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, 48, is charged with abetting them.

Earlier, Haizal testified that a Cell ID cannot be used to identify a 3G transmission station as it is not a unique identification code. He said that for the 3G system, the Location Area Code (LAC) should be read together with the Service Area Code (SAC) to identify the exact location of a station. Haizal said there may be more than one transmission station using the same Cell ID code.

He said he would not be able to pinpoint the exact location of a transmission station using just the Cell ID as the search results would show more than one station. Late last month, during the examination-in-chief, Haizal told the court the SAC identified a transmission station, the LAC identified an area, and a Cell ID a cell. To identify a site accurately for a 2G system, one needed to combine the LAC and Cell ID. For the 3G system, the LAC needed to be read together with the SAC. Haizal said although the SAC acted as a Cell ID for the 3G system, this Cell ID was only used for internal processing.
However, there was some confusion during the trial over the Cell ID because of the placement of the columns in the CDR which was tendered as evidence.

Questioned by Tun Abdul Majid, Haizal said the transmission station in Plaza Damansara, for instance, has three Cell ID codes. “However, I can identify that it is Plaza Damansara specifically via its SAC code which is unique to that station,” he said. Yesterday's re-examination was plunged into a banality of technicalities as Abdul Majid went through the LAC, SAC and Cell ID codes of the various transmission stations between Bukit Aman and Puncak Alam, and other stations that shared the same Cell ID codes, including KLIA, First World Genting and FRIM in Kepong. The exact identification of the transmission stations is needed to strengthen the prosecution's case to show that Azilah had travelled to and from Puncak Alam from Bukit Aman on the night of Oct 19 and the early hours of Oct 20, 2006.
12:00AM Fri, 15 Feb 2008

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DAY 86

Judge ticks off lawyer for repeating question; Maria J.Das; theSUN

ABOVE: The "expert & smart" lawyer who tried to debunk the call details provided by Celcom as "conspiracy" with the Police was rapped by the judge for bullying the witness by asking the SAME question 3 times

SHAH ALAM (Feb 13, 2008): An exasperated Judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yasin ticked off a lawyer for asking the same question three times while cross-examining a witness in the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder trial today. Mohd Zaki told J. Kuldeep Kumar, defence counsel for murder accused C/Insp Azilah Hadri: “If this was a traffic summons case I would have stopped you from questioning the witness two days ago, but this case involves capital punishment and that’s why I have allowed you to carry on questioning the witness, said Judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yasin after patiently sitting through three days of cross examination by J. Kuldeep Kumar who is the defence counsel for C/Insp Azilah Hadri.

Azilah, 31 a police Special Action Unit officer is jointly charged with his colleague Cpl Sirul Azhar Umar, 36, with murdering Mongolian interpreter Altantuya between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20 in 2006 in a jungle clearing in Puncak Alam. Political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, 48, is charged with abetting them. Prosecution witness number 63 Haizal Hambali a Celcom (M) Bhd technical specialist took to the stand on Jan 24 and after three days of examination in chief by DPP Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah moved on to be crossed examined by Kuldeep who went into detailed scrutiny of the Call Detail Records (CDR) which included the site names and region for Celcom number 019-3636153 which was used by Azilah. Today Mohd Zaki chided Kuldeep for asking the same questions. “You’ve asked him this question three times already,” he said at one point while pointing out several times that the witness had already answered the questions being put to him. Almost everyone heaved a sigh of relief when Kuldeep completed his questioning around 4.50pm today.

However, the ordeal has not ended for Haizal who will have to go through a round of re-examination by Tun Abdul Majid tomorrow. He has also been asked by the court, upon request by Kuldeep, to verify if the route between Jalan Duta and Jalan Kuching near Segambut is serviced by the Kampung Batu 2G transmission station, and if the route between Jalan Duta and Sapura Tower is serviced by the 3G TM Kenny Rise transmission station.

This request was made by Kuldeep after Haizal said that it was possible that a phone user would be serviced by the PWTC transmission station if they had made a call transaction while passing Jalan Kuching and heading towards Jalan Pahang, by the MMA Jalan Pahang station if they were headed to Wangsa Maju via Jalan Pahang, and by the Kampung Batu station if they were headed to Segambut via Jalan Kuching. These transactions showed up in the CDR for 019-3636153 on the night of Oct 19, 2006.

Earlier during the trial, Azilah’s lawyers insinuated that Azilah was not at the crime scene in Puncak Alam on the night of Oct 19 as some of the call transactions support the fact that he may have been with his fiancé Norazilah Baharuddin in Wangsa Maju during the time the crime was committed.

Haizal said that he had only focused on the call transactions made by the user of 019-3636153 the night between Oct 19 and 20, 2006 and had not conducted the drive test for transactions recorded by other transmission stations. There were 1,800 transactions in the CDR.

Haizal disagreed with Kuldeep’s statement that he had conspired with the police to name the transmission stations as contained in the call details record tendered in court, and maintained that he was the one who led the way to the area near the crime scene during the drive test he had conducted together with investigating officers ASP Tonny Lunggan and DSP Gan Teck Guan.

Hearing continues tomorrow.

Updated: 08:01PM Wed, 13 Feb 2008

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DAY 85 (Feb 12)

Wednesday February 13, 2008

Technician followed transmission clues to murder site

SHAH ALAM: A Celcom technician told the High Court here yesterday that police did not lead him to the place where Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu was murdered. Haizal Hambali (ABOVE) said that on June 16 last year, the police only took him to a lane at the house of political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda. From there, he led the way to the murder scene based on the locations of transmission stations which captured calls and text messages made by C/Insp Azilah Hadri from Oct 17 to 20, 2006.

He said the purpose of him taking the route from the lane to the murder scene was not to update C/Insp Azilah's incomplete call and text message transactions but to verify the locations of all transmission stations along the route. He denied a suggestion that the list of transmission stations which captured C/Insp Azilah's call and text message transactions had been modified by inserting the names of stations he found on June 16. During the cross examination by C/Insp Azilah's lawyer, J. Kuldeep Kumar, he said the road map showing the locations of the transmission stations were accurate and complete. Haizal, 32, is the 63rd prosecution witness in the murder trial which entered its 85th day yesterday. The proceedings ended early after Haizal complained to Justice Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yasin that he was tired and needed rest after looking after his four-month-old child who was warded yesterday. C/Insp Azilah, 32, and Kpl Sirul Azhar Umar, 37, of the police's Special Action Unit, are alleged to have murdered the 28-year-old Mongolian woman between 10pm on Oct 19, 2006 and 1am the next day in Bukit Raja. Abdul Razak, 48, is charged with abetting them. Hearing continues.

ABOVE: The daughter Roweena walking past Abdul Razak's father who has not missed a single day of the Trial


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