18 June 2007
Lawyer Karpal Singh’s appeal to the High Court for the withdrawal of the judge of the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder trial has been rejected. He had filed the appeal on last Friday for the family of Altantuya after he had received notification of the judge Justice Mohd Zaki Md Yasin, whose niece was the late wife of lawyer Hazman Ahmad, representing one of the accused, C/Insp Azilah Hadri.
Justice Mohd Zaki expressed in his written judgement that it was inappropriate for Karpal Singh to appeal against the lawyer now because the matter did not dispose of the final rights of his clients, namely the father of the victim Dr Shaariibuu Setev and the Mongolian government.
The Star Online – Altantuya trial: Court rejects move to replace judge