Altantuya Murder Trial: Bomb Expert Continues Testimony

11 December 2007
Shah Alam

Former head of the police forensic laboratory DSP Muhammad Koey Abdullah continued his testimony in High Court yesterday saying that there were no bullet casings or traces of blood to be found in the crime scene where Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu was allegedly murdered and blown up using explosives.

The 46-year-old said he was unable to determine if Altantuya had died from the explosion or not as this was beyond his expertise. He described to accused Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar’s lawyer, Ahmad Zaidi Zainal, that the explosive was likely placed on the left side of Altantuya’s body and that the person who set off the explosion likely took cover behind a vehicle.

Koey added that the person might not have needed to hide behind a vehicle if the amount of explosives used were little, but it was standard procedure for explosives experts. He said that the person might not have to wear protective goggles to protect his eyes from a spark of ultraviolet light during the explosion as it would have been very quick.

Koey said a rubber tube was found at the crime scene that was used in the murder but not as a component in the explosion.

The Star Online – Defence lawyer casts doubt on bomb expert

New Straits Times – Altantuya murder trial: No bullet casings found in jungle

MCW – Altantuya Murder Trial: Small Amount of Explosive Used

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