Jul 3, 2007

I Was Confined, Threatened And Tortured By Cops - Rohaniza

Updates on Altantuya murder case:

  • I Was Confined, Threatened And Tortured By Cops - Rohaniza

  • Rohaniza : 'I received call threatening to shoot me'

  • Altantuya's Father And Cousin Return To Mongolia

  • Malaysiakini : 5 areas where Rohaniza changed her story

  • SHAH ALAM, July 3 (Bernama) -- Lance Corporal Rohaniza Roslan told the murder trial of Mongolian beauty Altantuya Shaariibuu that she was confined, threatened and tortured by police before recording her cautioned statement at the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman.

    Rohaniza, 29, the girlfriend of Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, the first accused in the widely-followed murder trial, said this when asked by the court to clarify on the five material contradictions in her testimony during examination-in-chief yesterday from her cautioned statement given to police on Nov 16 last year.

    Rohaniza, the seventh prosecution witness, said her cautioned statement to the police was not true as it was made under duress.

    She also claimed the police had recorded her statement on matters which she did not mentioned.

    Rohaniza, who is attached to the Petaling Jaya district police headquarters, was testifying on the 12th day of the high-profile murder trial.

    Earlier, Rohaniza testified that one week before the trial began she received a phone call from a mysterious caller threatening to shoot her if she becomes a witness in the trial.

    Rohaniza said the threat came from a Malay man on June 11.

    However, she could not recognise the caller's voice and his telephone number registered on the screen of her handphone.

    "The caller said don't be a witness or you'll be shot," said Rohaniza.

    Following the life-threatening call and worried over her safety, Rohaniza said she lodged a police report on the same day.

    Azilah, 30, and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 35, both from the police special action squad, are charged with murdering Altantuya, 28, at lots between 12843 and 16735 in Mukim Bukit Raja here between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20 last year.

    Political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, 46, is charged with abetting the two.

    The three face the death sentence if convicted.

    In a surprise turn of events yesterday, the prosecution accused Rohaniza, who is its star witness in the trial, of lying in court.

    Three hours into her testimony, DPP Noorin Badaruddin abruptly stopped her examination-in-chief and stunned the court when she told the judge that the prosecution intended to impeach Rohaniza's testimony.

    DPP Tun Abd Majid Tun Hamzah, who is leading the prosecution team, informed Justice Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yasin that the prosecution needed more time to study the witness' cautioned statement.

    He sought the court's permission to adjourn the trial to today for them to complete the task.

    The prosecution lodged a police report against her, alleging that she had committed perjury, an offence carrying a maximum 10 years' jail, upon conviction.

    The report was lodged yesterday evening by ASP Tonny Lunggan, who is one of the investigating officers, at the Shah Alam district police headquarters.

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