Jan 23, 2007

Karpal urges police to use affidavit to reopen case of men charged

Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri admitted he had killed six to seven people.

Wow!. Six to seven people!! Who are those people?

(NST) The police have been urged to reopen investigations into the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder case in the wake of what the man charged with abetting in the crime had said in his affidavit.

Lawyer Karpal Singh, who is holding a watching brief for Altantuya’s family, said the startling revelations in the affidavit by political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, read at the Shah Alam High Court on Friday in support of his bail application, had brought into focus the necessity to reopen investigations.

Abdul Razak stated in his affidavit that he had a seven-month affair with Altantuya before their relationship turned sour.

He had been with her in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, France and Kuala Lumpur between 2004 and 2005, and they had been lovers.

"She claimed to be a student and did side business (cari makan sampingan)," Abdul Razak said, adding that he gave her money on several occasions, including US$10,000 (RM35,000) on three occasions.

This money, he said, was to meet the medical expenses of Altantuya’s mother, who was suffering from cancer.

Abdul Razak said sometime towards the end of 2005, he stopped giving her money and lodged a police report on Oct 23 last year as "I could not tolerate her nuisance".

Karpal, who is also the Bukit Gelugor MP, called on the police to record the statement from the Commissioner for Oaths who affirmed Abdul Razak’s affidavit.

"The commissioner would certainly be an important prosecution witness at the trial," he said.

"The affidavit is a sworn statement and amounts to evidence as if given from the witness box under oath.

"The evidence in the affidavit is stronger than a cautioned statement, which is not given under oath."

Karpal said the affidavit itself seemed like a confession and this led to judge Datuk K.N. Segara to comment that "there is also no dispute that the accused, on face value, abetted in the crime".

The judge also said Abdul Razak and Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, one of the men charged with her murder, were in constant communication before Altantuya was killed.

Karpal called on the police to investigate Abdul Razak’s assertion that Azilah admitted he had killed six to seven people.

"This incriminating statement is compounded by the fact that Azilah is a chief inspector attached to the Special Action Squad."

Karpal said every effort should be made to bring to justice those responsible for Altantuya’s murder.

The case created a media frenzy after it was reported that Altantuya was shot before her body was blown up using explosives.

Her bone fragments were found in a jungle clearing near Shah Alam.

Abdul Razak is charged with abetting Azilah, 30, and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 35, in Altantuya’s murder.

Azilah and Sirul were alleged to have committed the offence in Bukit Raja, Petaling, between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20.

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