A POLICE officer lodged a report after he interrogated Kpl Sirul Azhar Umar last year but when the report was used in court yesterday, there appeared to be two original copies with differing contents.
The “twin” reports caused a stir in the trial, which had already gone through several shortfalls on the part of the prosecution.
The court only realised that there were two original copies when a reference made by Kpl Sirul Azhar’s counsel Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin, through the copy provided to him, did not tally with the details in the copy of report held by the judge.
For identification purposes, the report referred to by the judge was marked P76 while the one held by the lawyer was named D91.
D91 was being referred to by Kamarul Hisham when he cross-examined the interrogating officer, Asst Supt Zulkarnain Samsudin, at mid-morning.
While both the documents bore the same report numbers and ASP Zulkarnain’s original signature, they also have the following five areas of dissimilarities:
> P76 says that ASP Zulkarnain’s date of birth is on Oct 5, 2073, while D91 says Oct 5, 1973;
> P76 mentions Kpl Sirul Azhar as the suspect while D91 only referred to “the said person”;
> P76 spelt the name of ASP Zulkarnain’s father correctly while in D91, it was spelt as “Shamsuddin”;
> P76 mentions “?I shot at the forest, which I kept” while D91 says “?I shot at the forest, I did keep?”;
> P76 mentions “no. tel (hp)” while D91 says “no. tel (bimbit)”.
In an attempt to clarify the disparity, ASP Zulkarnain said D91 was the original version of the report which he had lodged at 2pm on Nov 7 after he had interrogated and obtained new information from Kpl Sirul Azhar.
He said P76 was the result of an amendment he had made to the original report.
He said he made the amendment through the police reporting system (a computerised system) after having made a request to the IT department of Bukit Aman at about 7pm the same day.
By the end of the day, when the matter had not been ironed out, High Court judge Justice Mohd Zaki Md Yasin adjourned the trial to Wednesday.
The trial would be vacated for the first two days of next week to allow the judge to hear a case involving an accused who has been remanded the last five years while awaiting his trial.
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