Jul 5, 2007

UTK Commander : Sirul Azhar Murdered Altantuya

Updates on Altantuya murder case:

  • Sirul Azhar Murdered Altantuya, UTK Deputy Commander Told

  • Some UTK Members May Bring Home Unused Explosives, Court Told

  • Malaysiakini : Tian Chua defends blog picture

  • PKR Leader, Tian Chua Criticised For Deriding National Leader

  • More suspense with Sirul's confession

  • SHAH ALAM, July 5 (Bernama) -- The deputy commander of the police elite special action squad (UTK) said he was informed that Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, the second accused in the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder trial, killed the Mongolian model in October last year.

    ACP Mastor Mohd Ariff, the second in command in the UTK branch where Sirul Azhar, 35, was attached to, said the then Federal CID deputy director Datuk Syed Ismail Syed Azizan told him that it was Sirul Azhar who committed the murder.

    Syed Ismail got the information from Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, 30, the first accused in the high-profile murder trial that gripped the nation.

    Mastor, 45, the 11th prosecution witness, said while on a MAS flight from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur, he explained to Sirul Azhar that he was bringing him back to Malaysia from the escort duty in Pakistan on the orders of Syed Ismail in connection with the disappearance of a Mongolian woman.

    Testifying on the 14th day of the widely-followed murdered trial, Mastor said Syed Ismail told him that Azilah had revealed during investigations into the murder case that the Mongolian model had been murdered and her body was blown up with explosives and that it was Sirul Azhar who did that.

    Mastor, who had served with Royal Malaysia Police force for 25 years and had 19 years experience with the UTK, said Sirul Azhar gave him an answer after he informed him of the matter.

    High Court Judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yasin then ordered for a trial-within-a-trial to determine the voluntariness of Sirul Azhar's confession.

    Giving evidence in the trial-within-a-trial, Mastor said he later asked Sirul Azhar to tell the truth.

    "The story has been exposed. I hope you tell the truth and you cannot hide anything," he said.

    Mastor said he observed that Sirul Azhar appeared worried and he responded late, about two or three minutes later.

    Queried by lead prosecutor Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah, Mastor said he did not threaten, coerce or persuade Sirul Azhar to reply.

    Azilah and Sirul Azhar, both from Bukit Aman-based UTK operatives, are charged with murdering 28-year-old Altantuya here between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20 last year.

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

    The three face the death sentence if convicted.

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