Jan 11, 2007

Court of Appeal denies bail for Abdul Razak

The Court of Appeal today dismissed an application by political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda to extend his RM1 million bail pending the disposal of his case in the murder of a Mongolian beauty.

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 11 (Bernama) -- Political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda who is charged with abetting the murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu will remain behind bars as he failed in his attempt Thursday to reverse the court's decision denying him to be freed on bail.

A three-man Court of Appeal bench headed by Justice Datuk Mokhtar Sidin unanimously struck out Abdul Razak's application to revise the Shah Alam High Court's decision on Jan 5 which had reverted his oral application to extend his bail which had expired on that day.

Mokhtar said the application Thursday was still premature.

On Jan 5, Shah Alam High Court judge Datuk K.N. Segara had refused to extend Abdul Razak's bail on the grounds that he (Abdul Razak) should make a formal bail application.

Following the decision Thursday, Abdul Razak, 46, will be sent to the Sungai Buloh prison and will remain there until a decision is made on the application.

However, Abdul Razak has another avenue, to enable him to be freed on bail, pending his trial which is set on March 10 next year.

This is made available to Abdul Razak as he had already filed a formal bail application as ordered by the Shah Alam High Court on Jan 5. His application will be heard on Jan 19.

Abdul Razak is accused of abetting two policemen from the Bukit Aman Special Action Squad, Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, 30, and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 35, to commit the murder of Altantuya, 28, which ended with her body being blown to bits with explosives. Her remains were found at a forest area in Puncak Alam, near Shah Alam, on Nov 7.

Abdul Razak allegedly committed the offence between 9.45am and 11.05am on Oct 18 at Bangunan Getah Asli in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. This the official address of the Malaysian Strategic Research Centre, which Razak heads.

He is charged under Section 109 of the Penal Code, read together with Section 302 of the same Code, which carries the mandatory death sentence, if convicted.

Azilah and Sirul Azhar are charged with killing Altantuya in an area at Lot 12843 and Lot 16735, Mukim Bukit Raja, Selangor between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20, last year.

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