Altantuya Murder Trial: Defence Seeks Mistrial

16 February 2009
Shah Alam

Murder accused Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar’s lawyer, Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin, had submitted to High Court judge Justice Mohd Zaki Md Yasin on Monday that his client requested for the High Court to acquit him of the charge or to declare a mistrial so that three men, including political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, have to be retried.

Kamarul explained that as the prosecution was unable to provide complete evidence on the murder and put all the blame on Azhar while disposing of all physical evidence while there is no motive found for Azhar to kill Altantuya.

He asked for the case to be retried as DSP Musa Mohd Safri was not called to give his evidence as a material witness. He believed that DSP Musa would have provided evidence to help determine the guilt of the three accused. For instance, Kamarul said that there was significant amount of communication between DSP Musa and Razak which has not been brought to light. On 17 October 2006, there were 11 short messages sent between the two.

Murder accused Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri’s lawyer, Datuk Hazman Ahmad, submitted to the judge that Azilah had no intention to kill Altantuya. He stated that there is no evidence that Azilah was ordered by Razak to murder her and that he was at the crime scene.

The submissions will continue on Tuesday.

The Star Online – Altantuya case: Sirul asks for mistrial (Updated)
<URL:http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/2/16/nation/20090216112628&sec=nation>

MCW – Altantuya Murder Trial: Azhar Was “Scapegoat”
<URL:http://malaysiacrimewatch.lokety.com/altantuya-murder-trial-azhar-was-scapegoat/>

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