Altantuya Murder Trial: 13 Items Taken from Azhar’s Jeep

24 October 2007
Shah Alam

Superintendent Soo Me Tong, who was the chemistry department head in the forensics laboratory in Cheras told the High Court yesterday that 13 items were removed from accused Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar’s four-wheel-drive Suzuki Vitara vehicle. In the high profile court case of murder victim and Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu, Soo said he was instructed by investigating officer ASP Tonny Lunggan to examine the vehicle which was parked at the police headquarters.

51-year-old Soo checked out the vehicle with eight other police officers at 10:30am on 9 November 2006. The first point he noted was that the front tyre mudguards had soil but the rest of the vehicle was clean. Then, Soo found a Smart Tag toll payment device on the dash board, a hair strand on the front passenger seat and a 9mm bullet shell between the driver’s seat and door. The steering wheel was covered and the road tax expiry date was 26 November 2006.

Lastly, Soo inspected the back of the vehicle and saw that the right side had no seat. There was a pair of rubber slippers, a stack of newspapers, and a box of fishing gear. Another fishing gear box was found in the boot. The slippers and newspapers had bloodstains.

In all, Soo collected the following items from Azhar’s vehicle:

  • soil from the front tyre mudguards
  • back tape used to cover the steering wheel
  • Smart Tag device and a Touch ‘n Go card
  • a 9mm bullet shell
  • a hair strand
  • a pair of rubber slippers with bloodstains
  • four stacks of newspapers, one of which had bloodstains
  • swab samples of the hand holder at the top of the seats

The trial continues hearing today.

New Straits Times – Altantuya murder trial: ’13 items taken from vehicle of accused’

MCW – Altantuya Murder Trial: Two Analysts from Chemistry Department Testify

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