Jul 17, 2007

Altantuya Case : CCTV footage viewed by court

Updates on Altantuya murder case:

  • Malaysiakini : CCTV footage viewed by court

  • Altantuya Did Not Complain, Hotel Employee Tells Court

  • Hotel’s CCTV shows figures of two men

  • SHAH ALAM, July 17 (Bernama) -- The defence in the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder trial in the High Court here Tuesday questioned the authenticity of the Hotel Malaya closed-circuit television (CCTV) recording of the images of two men, believed to be the accused.

    Hasnal Redzua Merican, counsel for the second accused, Cpl Sirul Azhar Umar, said it was bizarre that the video tape with the recording also contained images captured on Nov 11 last year, when the 17th prosecution witness, Jimmy Loo Mow Chan had testified earlier that he handed over the video tape to a police officer the day before, that is Nov 10 2006.

    Loo, 50, Hotel Malaya's operations manager, could not explain the discrepancy and was seen smiling.

    Earlier Loo admitted that he did not have the technical expertise to explain why there was a discrepancy in the CCTV recording.

    Sirul Azhar, 35, and the other accused, Chief Insp Azilah Hadri, 30, are charged with murdering Altantuya, 28, at a location between Lots 12843 and 16735, Mukim Bukit Raja, between 10pm on Oct 19 last year and 1am the following day.

    Political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda, 47, is accused of abetting them.

    Yesterday, Loo testified that there was discrepancy in the time displayed on some of the images as the audio visual equipment used to play the tape in court was not compatible.

    However, today he agreed that he was guessing when he said that the discrepancy was due to the incompatibility of the audio visual equipment.

    As reported by Malaysiakini :
    The Shah Alam High Court was today shown a close-circuit television (CCTV) footage from Hotel Malaya which was taken during Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu’s stay in the hotel last October.

    Prosecution witness Loo Mow Chan, 50, the hotel’s operations manager, was then asked to confirm if the footage was taken and recorded in the hotel by the CCTV system.

    Loo agreed and also identified eight photographs taken from the footage, and confirmed that they were also taken from the hotel’s CCTV footage.

    The CCTV footage and eight photographs showed some people in various locations in the hotel.

    The prosecution did not ask Loo to identify the people in the footage or the photographs.

    The CCTV footage was to have been shown in court yesterday but technical glitches forced it to be adjourned to today.

    Contradicting answers

    During cross examination by the defence counsel, Loo was asked to clarify the discrepancies in the time and date found in the footage, to which the witness gave contradicting answers.

    Further questioning by the defence lawyers implied that the CCTV recordings have been tampered with.

    Judge Mohd Zaki Md Yasin then adjourned the sitting for lunch.

    Two police officers, Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, 31, and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 36, are charged with the murder which allegedly took place between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20 last year.

    The body of Altantuya was said to be blown up in a jungle clearing in Shah Alam, Selangor.

    Political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, 47, is charged with abetting the murder between 9.54am on Oct 18 and 9.45pm on Oct 19 last year in Kuala Lumpur.

    All three face the death penalty if convicted.

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