Jul 12, 2007

Altantuya Case : PKR - Check Najib's Passport, Azilah Never Had Any Specialised Training Explosives

Updates on Altantuya murder case:

  • Witness Says Azilah Never Had Any Specialised Training On Handling Explosives

  • Malaysiakini : Sirul took machine gun for 'special mission'

  • 'I'm Not The Only One Not Following Procedure,' UTK Personnel Says

  • Altantuya: Justice In Trial?

  • (Bernama) -- Chief Insp Azilah Hadri, the first accused in the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu, had never been instructed to perform detonations in any operation, the High Court here was told Thursday.

    DSP M.V. Sri Kumar, 41, training officer of the Bukit Aman Special Action Force (UTK), said that throughout his service, he had never instructed Azilah to perform detonations because Azilah did not have any specialised training on handling explosives.

    He also confirmed that the second accused, Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, also had no such training and that both only underwent basic training when they joined the force.

    He said that each officer tasked with taking explosives from the armoury had recorded the amount taken and when the remainder was returned, the amount had also to be recorded.

    "They had no opportunity to take away the remainder on the sly," he said at the trial of Azilah, 30, and Sirul Azhar, 35, both from the UTK, charged with murdering Altantuya, 28, between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20 last year.

    Also in the dock was political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda, 46, charged with abetting them. The trial entered its 18th day today.

    Sri Kumar said there was no likelihood at all of explosives going missing during training and operations under him.

    However, he was not sure whether there had been such losses during training and operations under other superior officers.

    While Malaysiakini reported:
    'Dining with Altantuya': Check Najib's passport

    PKR wants the police to check the passport of Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to determine if there is any link between him and slain Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu.

    Speaking at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today, the opposition party’s supreme council member Latheefa Koya said it is important for the police to look into this matter since Najib previously denied knowing Altantuya.

    She said this based on the testimony of the murder victim’s cousin Burmaa Oyunchimeg during the ongoing murder trial.

    On June 29, Burmaa told the Shah Alam High Court that she saw a photograph of Altantuya dining in Paris with the third accused Abdul Razak Baginda and a government official known only as “Najib Razak.”

    Latheefa said the police should check the passports of all three individuals, to determine if they were in Paris at the same time.

    Circumstantial evidence

    “All this is circumstantial evidence. It doesn’t show that those in the photograph were involved in the murder. But since the deputy premier had denied any relationship, then it boils down to suspicion.

    “If there is no such photograph, let the public know. If there is none, it boils down to the testimony of the prosecution witness and she can be charged (for perjury),” she added.

    Two members of the police’s elite Special Action Squad (UTK) chief inspector Azilah Hadri, 30 and lance corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 36, are charged with the murder of Altantuya while political analyst Abdul Razak, 47, is charged with abetting them.

    All three face the death sentence if found guilty.

    Najib, who is also defence minister, is known to have close ties with Abdul Razak, who owns a consultancy firm which helped Malaysia procure arms.

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