Altantuya Murder Trial: Slippers Not Seen in Azhar’s Jeep

25 September 2007
Shah Alam

The prosecution team in the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder trial had stated on 18 June 2007 that it would show evidence that a pair of blood-stained slippers was found in accused Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar’s jeep and that a DNA test showed that the blood was Altantuya’s.

In the High Court yesterday, Special Action Squad (UTK) operative Sergeant Rosli Ibrahim told the court that he did not see the pair of slippers during the two times that he helped Azhar start the jeep while the latter was on assignment in Pakistan. Instead, he said he only saw newspapers stacked neatly inside.

Lawyer Ahmad Zaidi Zainal, counsel for Azhar, had shown 36-year-old Rosli several pictures of the slippers during cross-examination on Day 38 of the murder trial. The pictures depicted a pair of white open-toed men’s slippers on top of the newspapers.

When re-examined by Deputy Public Prosector Tun Abd Majid Tun Hamzah, Rosli said the photographs showed that the jeep was in a more messy condition than the last time he saw it on 6 November 2006. He remembered that the steering lock was in a different position, the front seats were upright, and there was no mineral water bottle.

Rosli then told counsel Ahmad Zaidi Zainal that Azhar had left the keys to his jeep in their Bukit Aman office and had asked Rosli to help run the engine. Rosli would start the engine and let it run for 30 minutes while he went to the canteen. He stated that DSP Khairi Khairuddin asked for the keys earlier that month, which he returned on 6 November 2006.

Chief Inspector Koh Fei Cheow testified in court that he did not see Assistant Superintendent Zulkarnain Samsudin threaten, promise or induce Azhar during interrogation, which Koh assisted in.

47-year-old Sergeant S. Nagendraroo from the city police logistics unit said he did not find any explosives, weapons or bullets in Azhar’s Kota Damansara house when the bomb disposal team was there on 7 November 2006.

Both Koh and Nagendraroo were testifying in the trial-within-a-trial to determine if Azhar’s alleged statement leading to the discovery of Altantuya’s jewellery at his apartment should be included as evidence in court.

The trial continues today.

The Star Online – No slippers in jeep, court told
<URL:http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/9/25/nation/18983922&sec=nation>

New Straits Times – Altantuya murder trial: Accused’s jeep ‘could have been tampered with’
<URL:http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Tuesday/National/20070925082255/Article/index_html>

MCW – Altantuya Murder Trial: Police Search Not Thorough in Azhar’s Apartment
<URL:http://malaysiacrimewatch.lokety.com/altantuya-murder-trial-police-search/>

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