May 31, 2007

Sirul Azhar Files Appeal Against High Court Decision

As reported earlier by BERNAMA, the three accused facing charges relating to the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu failed in their attempt in the High Court here today to gain access to the prosecution witnesses' statements before the commencement of the trial on Monday.

Now one of the accused, Cpl Sirul Azhar Umar is filing for an appeal to access the prosecution witnesses' statements before the commencement of the trial

PUTRAJAYA, May 30 (Bernama) -- Cpl Sirul Azhar Umar who is charged with murdering Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu today filed an appeal against the High Court decision yesterday to deny the defence access to the prosecution witnesses' statements before the commencement of the trial.

The notice of appeal was filed at the Court of Appeal Registry together with a certificate of urgency signed by one of Sirul Azhar's counsel, Hasnal Rezua Merican Habib Merican, for the appeal to be heard before the trial began on Monday.

Sirul Azhar, 35, is jointly charged with C/Insp Azilah Hadri, 30, with murdering Altantuya, 28, in Lot 12843 and Lot 16735, Mukim Bukit Raja, Selangor, between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20 last year.

Political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda, 46, is charged with abetting the policemen from the Special Force Unit to commit the murder at Bangunan Getah Asli in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, between 9.54am and 11.05am on Oct 18 last year.

All three face the death penalty if convicted.

Sirul Azhar, 35, had sought a court order to compel the prosecution to provide the defence with the 112 witnesses statements. His application was supported by Azilah and Abdul Razak.

Yesterday, Justice Mohamed Zaki Yassin rejected Sirul Azhar's application on the ground that there was no provision in the Criminal Procedure Code and Evidence Act that gives an accused person the right to inspect the statements recorded from witnesses by the police under Section 112 of the Code.


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