CCTV Images Show Two Men were at Hotel Malaya

17 July 2007
Shah Alam

N. Haridharan, aged 22, Hotel Malaya’s front office assistant, was doing the night shift on 9 October 2006 when Altantuya Shaariibuu checked in at about 2am and stated that she was leaving the next day.

The 18th prosecution witness said he helped Altantuya to fill in her particulars in the registration form and received RM300 as a deposit. Haridharan gave her the keys to room 817. He knew that Altantuya did not check out the next day but stay on for a few days instead.

Haridharan said Altantuya did not lodge any complaints with him and he could not remember the duty manager on that night.

As the video tapes of the hotel’s closed-circuit television cameras could not be viewed in court yesterday, still images from the three tapes showed two men, resembling accused Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar at the hotel where Altantuya had stayed. They were in casual wear and were at the lobby and on the seventh floor on the evening of 18 October 2006.

Between 4:54pm and 4:55pm that day, a man that appeared to be Azhar wearing a yellow t-shirt and dark pants, was captured by a camera in the hotel lobby browsing through some brochures. Another image showed the second man in a white shirt and dark pants, resembling Azilah, meeting up with Azhar there.

A 4:56pm image showed the men entering a lift and the next shot showed them exiting on the seventh floor. The last image showed the men leaving the hotel at 5pm.

The prosecution told the court that they would get a working video system to playback the tapes today.

New Straits Times – Altantuya Murder Trial: ‘Victim checked in at 2am’
<URL:http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Tuesday/National/20070717095106/Article/index_html>

New Straits Times – Altantuya Murder Trial: Equipment glitch forces court to view still images
<URL:http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Tuesday/National/20070717094637/Article/index_html>

The Star Online – Altantuya trial: Hotel CCTV footage screened despite hiccup
<URL:http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/7/16/nation/20070716120420&sec=nation>

MCW – CCTV Footage of Hotel Malaya Shown in Altantuya Trial Court
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