Altantuya Murder Trial: Two Analysts from Chemistry Department Testify

10 Oct 2007
Shah Alam

During yesterday’s session of the murder trial of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu, deputy public prosecutor Noorin Badaruddin asked why chemist Primulapathi decided to analyze just one out of five bone specimens found at the crime scene.

Primulapathi explained that pathologist Dr Mohd Shah Mahmood from the Kuala Lumpur Hospital told him that he has determined that the bones belonged to one person. Thus, Primulapathi needed to analyze just the skull fragment only.

Primulapathi also suggested that Altantuya’s DNA profile was found on the inner jacket of the black leather jacket owned by accused Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar because Altantuya had either worn or handled it. The jacket could have been washed or cleaned before Altantuya had worn it as he could not find Azhar’s DNA profile on it.

40-year-old Shaari Desa was the next witness. He is the firearms and tool-marks unit chief from the criminalistic section of the forensics division at the Chemistry Department.

On 13 November 2007, Shaari said he received 69 envelopes and a parcel from investigating officer ASP Tonny Lunggan for analysis. He was asked to analyze a firearm, some explosives including live bullets and bullet casings, and two sets of soil, one from the a vehicle tyre and the other from the crime scene.

The judge has postponed the hearing to 22 October 2007 when Shaari will tender 70 exhibits in court.

New Straits Times – Altantuya murder trial: Court told why jacket owner’s DNA profile absent

MCW – Altantuya Murder Trial: Chemist Director Did Not Analyze All Bone Specimens

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