Mar 12, 2007

Altantuya’s dad pleased trial brought forward

Earlier court date equals to earlier execution?

KUALA LUMPUR: The father of dead Mongolian beauty Altantuya Shaariibuu is pleased that his daughter’s murder trial has been brought forward.

Dr Shaariibuu Setev said he was informed of the good news by Mongolian consul Datuk Syed Abdul Rahman Al Habshi last Friday.

“It gives me great relief to hear this,” he said by telephone in Ulan Bator yesterday.

C/Insp Azilah Hadri, 30, and Kpl Sirul Azhar Umar, 35, have been charged with murdering Altantuya while prominent political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, 46, has been charged with abetment.

The three are alleged to have conspired to commit the murder at Bangunan Getah Asli in Jalan Ampang here between 9.45am and 11.05am on Oct 18 last year.

He said a grand funeral for Altantuya, his eldest daughter, had been planned early this year but the family decided to postpone it until the trial was completed.

“I want to collect all the remaining bone fragments of her still being held by the police in Malaysia before holding the grand funeral. Based on our beliefs, a person’s soul won’t rest in peace if body remains are kept apart,” he said.

Meanwhile, Syed Abdul Rahman said a Malaysian team comprising two police officers and a forensics specialist from the Kuala Lumpur Hospital would be leaving for Ulan Bator tomorrow to conduct a DNA test on Altantuya’s three-year-old son

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