Altantuya Chief Interrogator Testimony Strongly Questioned

26 July 2007
Shah Alam

Yesterday was day 24 of the murder trial of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu, who was shot and blown up using explosives last October.

Bukit Aman chief interrogator Deputy Superintendent Zainudin Abdul Samad told the court yesterday that accused Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri revealed he had a lover, Lance Corporal Rohaniza Roslan, during an interrogation session on 2 November 2006. Azilah also told Zainudin that he had spent the first five years in the police force as an investigating officer in the Sepang police district before joining the Special Action Force (UTK).

Zainudin said Azilah and himself were involved in a special assignment in Penang last year for two and a half months and met each other a few times. They did not interact with each other as they were carrying out covert operations. However, when Zainudin was cross-examined by Hazman Ahmad, counsel for Azilah, he denied that he was biased in his interrogations with Azilah since he knew him beforehand. Zainudin also denied that he had induced, threatened or made any promises to Azilah during the 5-day interrogation. He said he did not threaten to arrest Roslan.

Hazman further grilled the 21st prosecution witness by asking Zainudin if he knew that second accused Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar had been brought back from Pakistan on 6 November 2006 by UTK second-in-command Asst Comm Mastor Mohd Ariff, which he admitted he did not.

The court then heard Zainudin say that he could not recall the exact number of passengers and their identities in the four-wheel-drive vehicle which he was in together with Azilah when they were heading to the crime scene in Puncak Alam. He said he could only remember that Chief Inspector “Koh Fei Cheow was sitting in the backseat together with Chief Inspector Azilah and a few other policemen.”

Zainudin then denied that he made and received any calls on his mobile phone while en route to the crime scene to get directions to the location.

Hazman then questioned Zainudin on whether he still had his official investigation diary from nine months ago. Zainudin replied that he could not recall where it was and was not aware how long it must be kept before it could be replaced. He admitted that he had been careless in not recording details of the discovery of the crime scene when they went there.

Hazman suggested that Zainudin was trying to suppress evidence by not taking notes but when Zainudin was later examined by deputy public prosecutor Tun Abd Majid Tun Hamzah, he explained that it was because he was not on official duty.

Zainudin could not explain why his name was left out of Koh’s police report on the discovery of the crime scene, which was in contradiction to Koh’s earlier testimony that the exclusion was because Zainudim had told him that there was no need to include his name.

The Star Online – Quiz led to revealing details

The Star Online – Tables turned on Bukit Aman’s top interrogator

New Straits Times – Altantuya Murder Trial: Accused’s girlfriend ‘not used as confession bait’

New Straits Times – Altantuya Murder Trial: Bukit Aman officer admits carelessness

MCW – Altantuya Defence Contended that Accused was Insinuated

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