Inspector Koh Denies Police Had Prior Knowledge of Altantuya Murder Location

24 July 2007
Shah Alam

Accused Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri was arrested on 1 November 2006 and detained at the Kuala Lumpur police lockup for six days before he led police to the alleged crime scene where Altantuya was brutally murdered. DSP Zainudin Abdul Samad, who was leading the police investigation team, had interrogated Azilah before the latter was handed over to Chief Inspector Koh Fei Cheow.

Koh was on leave for at least two days before Azilah was handed over to him. He said he met Zainudin at the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters just before they were about to leave with Azilah to the crime scene.

Koh denied that Azilah remained silent at all times he was taken out from the lock-up to the crime scene, but Koh did not caution him that he had the right to remain silent. The defence put it to Koh that Zainudin had told Azilah: “Azilah, I am happy today. You need not say anything. Sirul is already back and we know the crime scene. You just follow the Chinese officer”, which Koh denied.

Azilah allegedly replied saying “If you know the place, why take me there.” Then Zainudin allegedly told Azilah: “This is an instruction. Don’t show your stubbornness.”

Koh also denied that he knew that Zainudin asked Azilah to point out the crime scene when they arrived at an open space on top of a hill in Puncak Alam. He believed that the police had no prior knowledge of the crime scene before Azilah was taken there.

Koh also testified court that he had lodged a police report after visiting the crime scene when he found remains believed to be human bones and burnt marks on some trees.

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