Altantuya Murder Trial: Slippers and Shirts Not Tested

25 October 2007
Shah Alam

Superintendent Soo Me Tong continued his testimony at the witness stand of the murder trial of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu yesterday, stating that he did not conduct tests on some shirts and did not swab a pair of bloodstained slippers found in accused Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar’s vehicle.

He assumed that the shirts had belonged to Azhar and thus he deemed it unnecessary to test them. The slippers were sent to the Chemistry Department for tests. Soo did not perform fingerprint tests from the slippers as he thought the rough surface would not produce a usable fingerprint. He also found that the amount of soil on the slippers was insufficient for analysis.

When Soo was re-examined by Deputy Public Prosecutor Hanim Rashid, he explained that it was impractical to send every item found in the vehicle to the Chemistry Department due to logistics effort required.

Soo then told co-counsel Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin that he did not recommend in his report to investigating officer ASP Tonny Lunggan to have the slippers tested for fingerprints. Soo felt that if he had tried to obtain fingerprints at his lab, the bloodstains would have been contaminated before the slippers reached the Chemistry Department.

Soo added that the best condition to obtain fingerprints would be immediately after the vehicle was recovered. Azhar’s vehicle was moved and parked for some time at the city headquarters.

New Straits Times – Altantuya murder trial: Witness: Not all items were checked

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

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