In trying to make a high profile murder case into a political media circus, PAS former Vice President and MP for Pokok Sena Dato’ Mahfuz Omar affirmed the 13 January 2015 Apex Court uninamous decision of Corporal Sirul Azhar’s conviction and be bent to the gallows.
The pro-Anarista news portal:
Media teleconference with Sirul still on, says Mahfuz
BY YASMIN RAMLAN Published: 22 February 2015 10:48 AM Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar on Monday via a teleconference call. – The Malaysian Insider pic, February 22, 2015. PAS today has confirmed that the teleconference session with former police commando Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar will go ahead as planned despite reports that no green light was given by the Australian Immigration Department. PAS information chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar told The Malaysian Insider today that the session, which is expected to last about 15 minutes, will be held around 11.30am at the PAS headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. Declining to elaborate on the details of the teleconference, the Pokok Sena MP said the reason for the session is to give a chance to the Malaysian media to have a chat with Sirul, who is now detained in Australia. “I’m not sure of the details… because he spoke to Malaysiakini before this, I feel now is the time to give others the chance to talk to him,” he said. When asked if he was aware of reports by the Australian media that authorities have yet to approve the session and that interviews within detention centres were not generally allowed, Mahfuz replied in the negative. “I do not know about that,” he said. On Friday, Mahfuz said the 15-minute teleconference with Sirul, who was sentenced to death by the Federal Court alongside Lance Corporal Azilah Hadri last month, will be organised on February 23. “He will give his commitment. He is just waiting for the right time. He will inform me so that I can announce it to the media.” he said. The move followed Sirul’s readiness to come clean on his role in the Altantuya saga, following a phone interview he gave to news portal Malaysiakini recently. Sirul had, among others, said he was only taking orders, a claim immediately rubbished by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday, leading to renewed public interest in the case.– February 22, 2015. **************
Mahfuz is clowning trying to politicise the fact that Sirul Azhar is now a fugitive in Australia, as he failed to appear when the Federal Court decided on 13 January.
The fact is that the court system exhaustively found Sirul and Chief Inspector Azilah Hadhri guilty to ordering Mongolian citizen Altantuyaa Shaariibuu between 1000pm 19 October to 100am 20 October 2006.
Whether or not Sirul’s story about “Taking orders from ‘higher up'” to exterminate Altantuyaa has yet to be proven beyond hearsay if not a political rude lousy excuse since his own defence team never did adduce this very important point nor equally other damming ones, during the trial.
Just like recently upheld conviction by the Federal Court for buggery, Anwar Ibrahim too had his day in court to detest the charge in accordance to the science of evidence but he did not.
However, what is fact is that by arranging for the media teleconference scheduled tomorrow morning, Mahfuz made Sirul confess as a co-perpretator of a murder committed.
Inadvertently, Mahfuz as a seasoned opposition politician attested to the court system and judiciary. Sordidly attempting to skew it for a political agenda which already dead in the water, is not the best of what the Malays not expect from the second largest political party which representing them.
Mahfuz Omar’s attempt to muddle into Sirul Azhar’s state of being a murderous fugitive turned into a puddle when the scheduled so-called ‘teleconference’ with Brisbane did not happen. Some called the whole thing as a hoax.
The Star story:
Published: Monday February 23, 2015 MYT 12:48:00 PM
Updated: Monday February 23, 2015 MYT 1:25:19 PM
Teleconference with Sirul fails, Mahfuz grilled by the press
BY RAHMAH GHAZALI AND NADIRAH H. RODZI
KUALA LUMPUR: A highly-anticipated 15-minute teleconference between Malaysian media and Sirul Azhar Umar failed to materialise, resulting in awkwardness for the host, PAS information chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar.
The teleconference, which was supposed to take place at 11.30am Monday at PAS headquarters here, was delayed for about 45 minutes when 15 attempts to call the former police commando failed.
Mahfuz said he had sent a text message to Sirul at 10.44am to alert him that he would be calling him for the teleconference via a different number.
“He responded with, ‘Okay, Datuk’,” said the Pokok Sena MP, before giving up on trying to reach Sirul.
Mahfuz also showed the text of the prior conversation between him and Sirul to the press as a proof that they were in contact.
“I apologise for the inconvenience caused. The line might have been congested,” he said.
Earlier, while waiting for the phone call to go through, Mahfuz was grilled by some reporters as to why he wanted to be “involved” by seemingly advocating Sirul in the high profile murder case of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu.
“I’m not trying to meddle but this case has received worldwide attention and we would like to know the motive behind the killing.
“In 2009, Sirul had also admitted that he was merely a scapegoat and he was only carrying out his duty after receiving an order,” he said.
He was further pressed by several reporters whether the man at the end of the line would be Sirul, as there was no visual.
“That’s up to you to decide, but for me as someone who has been in contact with him, I know for a fact that it will be him,” he said.
Mahfuz also denied influencing Sirul into giving a teleconference, saying that Sirul was willing to speak to the media on his own accord.
He also claimed that he was not privy to what Sirul would say to the press.
“He has spoken to news portal Malaysiakini before, we just thought that it would be fair for the rest of the media to have a chance to speak to him too,” he said.
Sirul, 43, was reported to have been in Australia since November and was detained in Brisbane last month is now being held at the immigration detention centre in Sydney.
He had failed to appear in the Federal Court which sentenced him and former chief inspector Azilah Hadri, 38, to death for the October 2006 murder of Altantuya, then 26.
Mahfuz has been in contact with Sirul since he offered himself as a confidant following allegations by Sirul’s mother that his son was just carrying out his duty as instructed.
Ending the press conference, Mahfuz said he would be flying to Sydney with Sirul’s family members next week and the details would be made known to the press on Friday.