Altantuya Witness Lance Corporal Roslan Impeached for Perjury

3 July 2007
Shah Alam

Prosecution witness Lance Corporal Rohaniza Roslan has come under fire for five contradictions between her testimony in court and her police statement in November last year. She said that she was isolated in a hotel room overnight after her 14-day remand last year, and before she gave her statement under a lot of pressure.

Roslan had told the court on Monday that she was threatened over the phone by an unidentified man on 11 June 2007. The man said she would be shot if she testified in court. Roslan lodged a police report on that day.

The prosecution has impeached Roslan on the contradictions and lodged a police report for perjury against her. Lead prosecutor Tun Abd Majid Tun Hamzah told Judge Mohd Zaki Md Yasin that they had found at least nine discrepancies during the lunch break yesterday.

Under Section 193 of the Penal Code, the Lance Corporal can be jailed up to seven years and fined if found guilty of perjury.

Also in the High Court, Roslan stated that Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri acted strangely when he visited his family in Sungai Pelek, Sepang, during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations last year. The former flame of the Chief Inspector described him as not being his usual self during the stay, which was a few days after Altantuya Shaariibuu went missing.

Upon returning to Putrajaya, Roslan had asked Azilah about his behaviour and he said he “was worried because of the ‘Chinese’ woman from the other day”, and that he “did not know how she could just disappear all of a sudden”.

Worried about Azilah and wanting to know what happened to the Mongolian woman, Roslan then made enquiries at the Jalan Travers and Brickfields police stations to determine if there were recent cases of kidnap or rape. She said she suspected that Altantuya was a foreigner because she did not speak Bahasa Malaysia with Azilah at all. She said she only knew about Altantuya’s disappearance from Deputy Supt Gan Tack Guan, one of the investigating officers, during her two-week remand.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Noorin Badaruddin then told the court that the prosecution intended to impeach Roslan’s credibility as a witness as her testimony had contradicted her police statement. In her testimony, Roslan said that Azilah told her that they were bring Altantuya to her hotel while they were at Bukit Aman on 19 October 2006. When they arrived at the officer’s mess, Azilah answered Altantuya saying that that was the “police station”, to which Altantuya retorted that that was not a police station but “a house”.

When they stopped at a junction in Bukit Aman, Azilah got down from their red Proton Wira to speak to the man with a green cap, as described by Roslan, who was in the dark-green Suzuki Vitara in front. Altantuya was made to enter the Suzuki and it drove off. Roslan drove the Proton Wira off to meet her friends for karaoke in Petaling Jaya, while Azilah walked towards the Special Action Force office. Rosland received a call at 11pm from Azilah asking her to fetch him at the Jalan Duta toll or Rawang toll, but she was unfamiliar with the locations. Roslan managed to drive in the rain to meet Azilah at Bukit Aman one hour later. Azilah had changed his clothes and then asked Roslan to help carry a few bags, including a backpack, into the car as they drove to Putrajaya.

Roslan said there were 44 calls and text messages between her and Azilah on 19 and 20 October 2006.

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