Altantuya murder trial begins: reality Vs fiction (cont’d)

The high profile murder case of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu which was supposed to start this morning was postponed to 18 June 2007. The prosecution applied for more time to prepare the case as there was a last minute change on the prosecution team.

DPP Tun Abd. Majid Tun Hamzah received instructions yesterday evening to replace DPP Sallehuddin Saidin. Judicial Commissioner Dato’ Mohd. Zaki Yasin allowed the postponement for another two weeks for the new team to prepare.

Defence lawyer Wong Kian Kheong, representing Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda requested his client to be allowed to be released on bail giving the reason that he has already submitted his international passport to the court but was summarily denied.

Bernama online, www.bernama.com, has the story:

June 04, 2007 12:10 PM

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Altantuya Murder Case Postponed To June 18, Razak Denied Bail

SHAH ALAM, June 4 Jun (Bernama) — The Altantuya murder case which started in the High Court here Monday was postponed to June 18 and is expected to last till August in view of the large number of prosecution witnesses.

Justice Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yassin fixed the date after allowing a postponement sought by deputy public prosecutor Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah who had just taken over the case.

He said the trial would continue if all the prosecution witnesses had not completed their testimonies by August.

The trial was previously fixed for four weeks starting Monday.

Mohd Zaki also rejected an application for bail by Wong Kian Kheong, counsel for political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda, who is charged with abetting two policemen in committing the murder.

Tun Abdul Majid told the court at the start of the trial that he was assigned the case by the Attorney-General’s Chambers yesterday and needed time to look through the statements of more than 100 witnesses.

He will be assisted by deputy public prosecutor Manoj Kurup. The case was previously handled by head of the Classified Cases Unit of the AG’s Chambers Sallehuddin Saidin and deputy public prosecutor Noreen Badaruddin.

C/Insp Azilah Hadri, 30, and Kpl Sirul Azhar Umar, 35, are charged with murdering Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu, 28, at Lots 12843 and 16735, Mukim Bukit Raja, Selangor, between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20 last year.

Abdul Razak, 46, is charged with abetting them at Bangunan Getah Asli in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, between 9.54am and 11.05am on Oct 18.

They face the death sentence if convicted.

The courthouse was packed with members of the public, the accused’s family members, local and foreign media representatives and observers who wanted to follow the proceedings in the high-profile case.

— BERNAMA

On another story, the family of murdered Mongolian part time model Altantuya Shaariibuu has filed a suit against the three accused and the Government of Malaysia for a whopping sum of RM 100 million. YB Karpal Singh, a veteran Opposition politician and also renowned trial lawyer represented the family and watching brief at the murder trial, submitted the application at the Shah Alam civil courts this morning.

The Star online, www.thestar.com.my, has the story:

Altantuya trial postponed, family sues govt and accused

PETALING JAYA: The Shah Alam High Court has postponed the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder trial to June 18 to allow the new prosecution team time to prepare its case.

In the meantime, her family has filed an RM100mil civil suit against the Government of Malaysia as well as the three defendants in her murder trial which began Monday.

The three include policemen Cif Inspektor Azilah Hadri, 31, and Koperal Sirul Azhar Umar, 36, who are charged with committing the murder in Mukim Bukit Raja, Selangor, between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20 last year.

The third is political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, 47, who is accused of abetting the two Unit Tindakan Khas (special action force) personnel, allegedly committed his offence at the Bangunan Getah Asli in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, between 9.54am and 11.05am on Oct 18 last year.

The trial has garnered much attention in local and foreign media because of Abdul Razak’s policital connections as well as the gruesome manner in which the 28-year-old Altantuya was killed. The Monggolian beauty was apparently blown up with explosives after having been shot dead.

Justice Mohd Zaki Md Yasin is presiding over the case. The prosecutors are head of the Civil Division in the Attorney-General’s Chambers Tun Majid Tun Hamzah and Deputy Public Prosecutor M. Kurup. Veteran lawyer Karpal Singh is holding a watching brief for Altantuya’s family.

That is a little strange. These three people are at this point of time, the “accused” aka “defendants”. They have not been found guilty yet. So why is the father suing people who have not been found guilty yet? Has the father pass his own personal judgment when the trial has not even started yet? Is this another drama in the making? Trust people like Karpal Singh to ride on situation like this.

Will Anwar Ibrahim and Susan Loone now come up with their own statements and stories on why the prosecution team from the AG’s Chambers was swtiched the last minute and therefore asked for postponement of the trial? How about Mr Shaariibuu Setev’s decision to sue the three accused and the Government of Malaysia, will Anwar and Susan offer their own analysis?

Again, may the truth save us all!

 

 

 

 

*An update as of 1900hrs, Monday 4 June 2007.

This is just in. Former Deputy Prime Minister and former convict Anwar Ibrahim has issued a statement on the Altantuya murder trial. It was e mailed:

 

MEDIA STATEMENT

 

4 June 2007

 

 

ALTANTUYA TRIAL

 

 

 

I regret that the Attorney General’s Chamber decided to change the prosecutor team at the eleventh hour. This is an unprofessional and irresponsible act, considering the importance and significance of the trial. The world is watching us.

 

 

 

Doubt has also been cast when one of the defense lawyers, Zulkifli Noordin has to withdraw from the case. His statement proved that there was interference by third party that compromised his ability to prepare for the trial.

 

 

 

Malaysia has to understand that, the Altantuya case also put Malaysian judiciary on trial.

 

 

 

 

ANWAR IBRAHIM

 

 

 

Who is Anwar Ibrahim? Where is his locus standi in this trial by saying that? Is he representing the aggrieved party? Is he representing the Bar Council? Why is a third party making statement with regards to the trial?

It is not unlawful that the prosecution asked for postponement. After all, the lead DPP was just handed with the case and he needs time to study it and build his case. It is in the interests of justice that he is being given ample time and space to prepare for the case. So why is Anwar making this statement?

Is there another court room drama in the making and Anwar wants to be part of it, again? If so, why not assemble to old team back again, since Karpal is already there?


 

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  1. Agree with you BigDog. The suit by the deceased family against the accused should be delayed pending conclusion of the main trial. The suit based its premise that the accused are guilty when the court has not decided – not even begins its procedure.

    I wonder where the suit got its facts to build up the case…..

    This is another drama in the making. Someone wore a shoe first before the socks is worn. Typically people like YB Karpal Singh. Always use legal process and forum including the courts to make a drama.

    Remember the drama about Anwar Ibrahim being poisoned whilst his abuse of power case trial, some 8 years ago? Wasn’t it Karpal Singh, who directed this courtroom drama?

  2. […] high-profile case of murder of a Mongolian woman took a strange turn when the father of the victim sued the three defendants. Blogger bigdogdotcom comments “These three people are at this point of time, the […]

  3. this partcular donkey want to be in a limelight again, did i smell something, yes the shit by the name of anwar. Ha ha ha

  4. [10/10/2007 2:14:53 AM] Avitov Mianoel Valdes-Munoz II says: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/IH28Ae01.html
    http://www.time.com/time/asia/features/malay_terror/cover.html
    http://ghostline.wordpress.com/2007/08/23/umno-fascism-a-checklist/
    SHAME
    “The world is a dangerous place. Not because of the people who are evil; but because of the people who don’t do any thing about it.” –Albert Einstein-
    One of the modus operandi of all arm suppliers and dealers in the world arms market is to give “commission” or “corruption” indirectly to the decision makers.

    Payment of corruption money are done very professionally so that it does not incriminate the arms supplier, These arm suppliers will pay any amount of commission demanded as long as they are not implicated as some of them are PLC.

    In this case, it will not be uncommon for, Altantuya Shaariibuu to be a nominee conduit for receiving the large amount of commission for arms deals. Her name could be used as a nominee but the funds (money laundered in Singapore and Hong Kong) received actually goes to the sexist(MISAGYNIST/WOMAN HATER) Abdul Razak Baginda/NAJIB TUN RAZAK the UMNO(NATZIS/RACISTS) pukita cronies who share in the loot. Mongolian nominees are preferred by Russian suppliers as most Mongolians speak Russian.

    This Altantuya Shaariibuu relationship with Abdul Razak Baginda was obviously more than “lover” and it is crystal clear she know more than she should.

    So, her explosives disintegration with C4 type episode with directives from the top. NAJIB TUN RAZAK, Rosmah, Khairy & Scomi who are involved in arms deals are clearly involved.

    Who are the UMNO (XENOPHOBIC/ANTI-SEMITIC) minister who
    are going to France, Spain, Italy, Russia & South Africa to buy arms recently?

    Who are the other UMNO (MASTERS of DEATH) pukitra ministers beside Najib Tun Razak, who have visited Ulaan Baatar in the last three years??? The long and endless list of Malaysia’s international laws and human-rights violations can no longer be ignored!!!
    This is a international security crisis that will be lethal to human rights world peace and safety.
    The International community must demand a multi-national investigation on to the ASSASSINATION of Translator/Interpreter & Business women Altantuya Shaariibuu along with the Malaysia’s illegal arms trade! Mongolia must break all diplomatic relations with Malaysia and state this case to the INTERNATIONAL COURT of JUSTICE alert and demand the United Nations Security Council to take action and that The United States’ State Deportment to also take action for this is a Human’s rights violation and a security issue that affects the United States directly. Malaysians must demand answers to what these anti-Democratic UMNO(NATZI PARTY) pukitra Islamist FASCIST(With connections to HAMAS, Hizballah, AL-QAIDA and IRAN) are doing in the name of protecting the so called “Malay Race” ,”Islamic religion” and the “Nation” !
    Why the U.T.K(THE “SS” MASTERS of DEATH/TERRORISTS),(NATZI)Army, who authorized SUPPLIERS of the malleable explosive believed to be “C4” (Composition 4). Bear in mind that Abdul Razak Baginda is a BROKER INTERMEDIARY/PROXY for those(ASSASSINS/EXECUTIONERS) HIDDEN TOP GUNS of the DEFENSE FORCE with the SUPPLIER (Specifically, the Malaysian Armed Forces). Therefore, it is a standard nature of forwarding of samples of their product in this case to be tested. Personally, I think these people, Baginda and his family, including the two police officers, are the most disgusting people on the globe as same as those terrorists who killed thousands of people on September 11, 2001 by using civilian airplane as missiles.

    Who authorizes those people to use airplane as missiles? Who authorizes those people to use military explosives to kill an innocent woman?
    “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.” –Edmund Burke-
    “NO JUSTICE NO PEACE!”
    “NO GETTING OVER IT!!”
    “JUSTICE FOR ALTANTUYA SHAARIIBUU!!!”

    http://usinfo.state.gov/
    http://www.icj-cij.org/
    http://www.state.gov/
    http://www.ohchr.org/english/law/
    http://www.icc-cpi.int/victimsissues.html

  5. Malaysia- Is it a good destination to learn English?
    A fellow press friend of mine yesterday asked me which country, Malaysia or Singapore, is good destination to learn English. I advised her to study in Singapore, where I studied English too five years ago, a safe country that has strict rule of law. Malaysia is a country where an innocent Mongolian woman was shot to death and exploded into pieces by military-use C4 explosive fastened to her body. I will say this sentence to everybody asked me about Malaysia. This will be recalled for the people of Mongolia every time we think of Malaysia.

    Malaysia is no longer a destination for Mongolians either to study or travel. I heard a number of Mongolians going Malaysia to study has been decreased a lot since last year when our beloved mother of two was killed in a jungle outside KL.

    I have been to Malaysia actually, when I was studying in Singapore. I remember that when I was under passport control at the Singapore-Malaysia border, a Malay passport controller smiled at me and told me “Bat Khaan! Genghis Khan!”. He said something to his fellow customs officers in Malaysian and told me “Welcome to Malaysia!”. My first impression on the country of Malaysia had this wonderful start. I felt like I was the first Mongolian coming to Malaysia. We will not hear this nice welcoming from a passport controller of Russia now, a country what we believed as “brother in steel friendship” for over 70 years in the past under Soviet ally.

    At that time, how can we know that a Mongolian woman will be killed in this country brutally and her entrance record will be deleted from immigration database. Personally, I think these people, Baginda and his family, including the two police officers and Najib Tun Razak in who gave the order, are the most disgusting people on the globe as same as those terrorists who killed thousands of people on September 11, 2001 by using civilian airplane as missiles.

    Who authorizes those people to use airplane as missiles? Who authorizes those people to use military explosives to kill an innocent woman?
    “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.” –Edmund Burke-
    “NO JUSTICE NO PEACE!”
    “NO GETTING OVER IT!!”
    “JUSTICE FOR ALTANTUYA SHAARIIBUU!!!”

  6. […] the murder and Najib’s involvement, 63 times before the trio were actually charged in court and the trial commenced. That was at a rate of one posting every three days, on the same topic! Then again the Ijok […]


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