Jul 25, 2007

Azilah Said He Does Not Like To Lie, Witness Tells Court

Updates on Altantuya murder case:

  • Malaysiakini : Chief interrogator: I did not take down notes

  • Azilah Said He Does Not Like To Lie, Witness Tells Court

  • Blog updates: Altantuya: another lousy witness

    SHAH ALAM, July 25 (Bernama) -- A police officer told the High Court here Wednesday that Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, on trial for the murder of a Mongolian woman, had told him that he did not like to lie.

    DSP Zainudin Abdul Samad, the 21st witness in the case, said Azilah had said this during the time he was interrogated over five days.

    Zainudin, 52, head of the interrogation unit at Bukit Aman police headquarters, gave this reply under cross-examination by Azilah's counsel Hazman Ahmad when the lawyer asked him what Azilah hated most.

    Azilah, 31, and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 36, both of the Bukit Aman Special Action Force, are charged with the murder of the Mongolian woman, Altantuya Shaariibuu, 28, at a location between lots 12843 and 16735, Mukim Bukit Raja, between 10 pm on Oct 19 and 1 am on Oct 20 last year.

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

    Zainudin also told the court that Azilah had also told him that he (Azilah) was an intelligent person and that he liked to fast and that he had fasted even in detention.

    He said Azilah, who hails from Sarikei, Sarawak, also liked to enjoy himself and go window shopping.

    Under re-examination by Deputy Public Prosecutor Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah, Zainudin said that during his "interview" Azilah had stated his desire to show the place where Altantuya was murdered rather reluctantly.

    Earlier, under cross-examination, he said Azilah had said he was happy to discharge his duty because he could often go overseas.

    Zainudin said Azilah, who was from a poor family, admitted to him that he had a fiancee who then worked at the D7 Branch at the Petaling Jaya police headquarters.

    "Azilah often referred to his fiancee as Ani," Zainudin said when questioned by counsel Hazman.

    Azilah's fiancee Lance Corporal Rohaniza Roslan had also testified in the trial.

    Zainudin denied that Azilah had informed him that he (Azilah) had another girlfriend whose name was Azila, almost resembling his (Azilah's) name.

    He said that after completing school, Azilah worked in Johor before joining the police force.

    He said Azilah first served as a crime investigation officer at the Sepang district police headquarters for five years before he was absorbed into the Special Action Force.

    Zainudin said Azilah informed him that his job at the Special Action Force was to escort the prime minister and deputy prime minister and do other escort duty.

    Hazman: He (Azilah) told you he only did escort duty? What about other duties?

    Zainudin: I was told only that.

    Zainudin said Azilah had told him he had many siblings and both his parents had relocated from Sarikei to Sepang, Selangor. He said he told him his parents were old and no longer worked.

    "He (Azilah) also told me he had an adopted child," said Zainudin, adding that Azilah did not tell him the age and gender of the child but that the child was still young.

    He also said he did not know what special skills Azilah had acquired at the Special Action Force.

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