17 February 2009
Submissions continued in the High Court trial of the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu on Tuesday when the defence lawyers saying that guilt of the two accused, Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, have been proven beyond all reasonable doubt.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Manoj Kurup began by saying that Azilah did not dare call for his alibi witness and Azhar did not dare testify under oath.
Manoj said Azilah had “selective memory” when giving his testimony and that he sought help from Azhar, whom he had known for four years, to execute Mongolian Altantuya. “Despite the friendship, he (Azilah) could not remember the mobile number of his close friend (Azhar),” he said. Instead, Manoj said Azilah had no difficulty recalling the contact numbers of political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, DSP Musa Mohd Safri (a minister’s aide-de-camp) and others.
With Azhar, Manoj said that the finding of Altantuya’s jewellery, watch and DNA in his jacket and bloodstains on a pair of slippers found in his jeep “demolishes his (Azhar) statement that he has nothing to do with her murder”.
High Court judge Justice Mohd Zaki Md Yasin has set 9 April 2009 for the verdict to be given to the accused.
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