Jun 18, 2007

Abdul Razak Baginda ordered the killing of Altantuya

Updates from today's court proceeding:

  • Lead prosecutor Tun Majid Tun Hamzah told the High Court that Abdul Razak abetted two accused police officers "in planning and giving instructions so that the deceased is killed."

  • Karpal's Application For Judge To Withdraw From Case Rejected

  • As we all know, if all three accused are found to be guily, then they will face the death penalty.
    (MalaysiaKini) A Malaysian political analyst ordered the killing of his former Mongolian lover, a prosecutor said in his opening statements at a politically charged murder trial on Monday.

    Abdul Razak Baginda, 47, is charged with abetting the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu, 28, in a slaying that stunned Malaysia.

    Lead prosecutor Tun Majid Tun Hamzah told the High Court that Abdul Razak abetted two accused police officers "in planning and giving instructions so that the deceased is killed."

    Tun Majid said the policemen, Azilah Hadri, 30, and Sirul Azhar Umar, 35, "carried out the killing," and told the court a confession from Sirul would be among the evidence presented.

    He said Altantuya had written a note to Abdul Razak in which she threatened his child if he refused to help her financially.

    Prosecutors also intend to prove that a car owned by Azilah was used to take Altantuya to the murder scene in Shah Alam district southwest of the capital Kuala Lumpur, Tun Majid said.

    "The prosecution will prove the cause of death was 'probable blast-related injuries' as is proven in a medical report by pathologists," he said.

    A pair of blood-stained slippers were found in a car belonging to Sirul, and DNA testing confirmed the blood was from Altantuya, he said.

    All three accused face the death penalty if convicted.

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