Altantuya Murder Trial: Exhibits Slows Down Trial

2 April 2008
Shah Alam

On the 102nd day of the murder trial of Altantuya Shaariibuu, High Court judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yasin noted that the identification of exhibits tendered in court was time-consuming and laborious.

So far, a total of 408 exhibits have been tendered in the trial, including forms, documents, bone fragments, soil samples, live bullets, explosives and a submachine gun.

Yesterday, 29-year-old Assistant Superintendent Tonny Lunggan had to verify the exhibits that he had examined when he was an investigating officer on the case. Among the 13 items found in the Suzuki jeep of accused Corporal Sirul Azhar, Lunggan drew his attention to a bullet cartridge which he asked Superintendent Soo Me Tong, head of the police forensic lab’s chemistry division to show it to him. He told the court that he had opened a sealed envelope containing the item and after examining it, placed it back into the envelope and sealed the envelope with white tape.

On 8 November 2006, Lunggan said he was informed by the Kuala Lumpur Hospital forensics head Dr Mohd Shah Mahmood that the total number of exhibits sent to the hospital were insufficient and incomplete. Dr Mohd Shah then suggested to Lunggan to revisit the crime scene to search for missing bones together with Superintendent Amidon Anan.

Lunggan spent three hours at the crime scene, acting as an observer only. There, he noted that the exhibits were only identified and marked with small flags and were not removed.

Before he left the scene, Lunggan contacted DSP Lim Meng Seah to examine co-accused Abdul Razak Baginda’s office in Bangunan Getah Asli. Lunggan then got a call from Lim informing him that five memo documents were seized at Razak’s office. After his meeting back at his office, Lunggan was given 13 items from Soo, who was instructed to check Azhar’s jeep.

The trial continues today.

The Star Online – Judge irked by long process>

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