Altantuya case postponed to another 2 weeks

Breaking news!!!

Yes, before Malaysians have a chance to hear more about the case, it has been postponed to another two weeks.

What an anti-climax! And it’s so unfair to Shariibuu’s family who flew in all the way from Mongolia. First they lost lost their child to Malaysian murderer and killers. And now they were treated with postponement without any justification! Why the last minute change of prosecution team? What’s wrong with the original team? 

Who were ‘uneasy’ or ‘uncomfortable’ with the original team?

Do not forget that the courts have earlier changed the judge and replaced with relatively junior one without any justification!

Lawyer alleges interference in murder case
Jun 4, 07 1:10pm Malaysiakini
The lawyer for a senior policeman on trial for murdering a Mongolian woman withdrew on Monday and alleged interference in the case.Zulkifli Noordin said he could no longer act in defence of Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri.Zulkifli told reporters he believes fully in his client’s innocence but “certain facts have come to my attention during my preparation of the trial” that would compromise his ability to act further.”There were serious attempts by third parties to interfere with the defence that I proposed,” he said, declining to elaborate.Azilah and another police officer, Sirul Azhar Umar, 35, are charged with the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu, 28.

Altantuya was the lover of Abdul Razak Baginda, a political analyst with close ties to Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Najib Abdul Razak, who has vehemently denied any involvement in the case.

All three accused face the death penalty if convicted.

The trial began today but was immediately postponed for two weeks until June 18 after prosecutors said they had only been assigned to the case on Sunday.

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has pledged there will be no cover-up.

Jet-setting romance

Abdul Razak, a British-educated political and defence analyst who heads the Malaysian Strategic Research Centre, a think tank, was introduced to Altantuya in Hong Kong at the end of 2004, he said in an affidavit and statements to police.

She was a trained teacher and a translator who spoke English, Russian and Chinese, her father has said.

The couple conducted a jet-setting romance, meeting in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and France. Abdul Razak said they broke up around August 2005.

She was killed last October and her body blown up in a jungle clearing in Shah Alam district southwest of Kuala Lumpur.

Abdul Razak, wearing a blue business-style shirt and dark pants, shed tears along with his mother as they hugged after he entered the courtroom.

He also embraced his teenage daughter before proceedings began, watched also by his parents and a brother.

“Pray for his innocence,” Abdul Razak’s wife, Mazlinda Makhzan, told AFP after her husband arrived in a white van chased by a pack of about 20 news photographers.

He was expressionless and did not answer questions as he was led into the court building.

Integrity under scrutiny

Altantuya’s father Shaariibuu Setev, 55, also declined comment when he arrived.

As court proceedings began, Najib, the deputy prime minister, opened a global tourism conference in Kuala Lumpur. He declined to comment on the trial.

Ramon Navaratnam, head of Transparency International Malaysia, a branch of the anti-corruption watchdog, said the world would be watching the trial.

“No one can afford to see the case being mishandled or interfered with,” he said, “because the whole integrity of the judicial system is under scrutiny.”

Altantuya trial adjourned to June 18
Soon Li Tsin
Jun 4, 07 10:59am
Malaysiakini 
The Altantuya Shaariibuu murder trial which was scheduled to begin today has been postponed to June 18 following an application by the prosecution in the Shah Alam High Court this morning. Judge Mohd Zaki Md Yasin allowed the high-profile murder case to be adjourned after the court was told that a new team of prosecutors had taken over the handling of the case on a short notice and that they needed more time to study it.”Taking into account that there are foreign witnesses present, I will grant an adjournment of only two weeks. Trial will start on the 18th of June,” Mohd Zaki told a packed courtroom.Lead prosecutor Tun Majid Tun Hamzah had asked for one month to prepare for the trial after “a sudden twist of events”.

“I was only informed to take over this case yesterday in the evening when I was on my way home. It’s beyond me. I simply cannot prosecute this case at such short notice,” the senior prosecutor told the court.

“I have more than 100 statements and investigation papers to go through. It is only right to allow us to conduct the prosecution well.”

Karpal Singh who was holding a watching brief for Altantuya’s family then argued that the cost of the month-long visit to Malaysia by the three Mongolian witnesses and two interpreters was being paid with taxpayers’ money.

“A one month postponement would be unreasonable. I suggest two weeks and not more,” he said.

He also demanded an explanation as to why the prosecution team was changed overnight.

Tun Majid replied: “I am not privy to that information” before issuing apologies to the defence lawyers and Altantuya’s family members.

Meanwhile, Karpal made an application for one of the defence lawyers to be disqualified because he has family relations with the judge.

“Counsel Hazman Ahmad’s late wife was the niece of Mohd Zaki. Justice must not only be done but must seen to be done. He must be disqualified,” he said.

Hazman who is representing Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri said that while the facts are true it does not mean that the trial will be conducted unfairly.

After deliberating for several minutes, Mohd Zaki dismissed Karpal’s application.

Packed courtroom

Lawyer Wong Kian Kheong applied for a discharge not amounting to an acquittal or bail in the alternative for his client, political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda.

“By virtue of the fact that the prosecution is not ready, my client should at least receive a discharge not amounting to acquittal or released on bail. He’s not going to run away,” he said before Mohd Zaki allowed the court to stand down.

Twenty minutes later, Mohd Zaki returned and dismissed Wong’s application and set June 18 with a two-month extension if necessary for the trial to be heard. He adjourned the proceedings soon after.

The courtroom which could accommodate about 60 people, was filled an hour before the proceedings began. There were over 100 people, with some 30 standing. Extra benches were being brought in amidst a commotion outside when the three accused entered the courtroom.

As the handcuffs were taken off Razak, he embraced his wife Mazlinda Makhzan and daughter Rowina before the trial started. His family sat close by while he took a seat in the dock alongside the other two accused.

Charged with the murder are policemen Azilah Hadri, 31, and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 36, for allegedly committing the murder in Mukim Bukit Raja, Selangor, between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20 last year.

Razak, 47, is accused of abetting the two special action force personnel, allegedly committing the offence at the Bangunan Getah Asli in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, between 9.54am and 11.05am on Oct 18 last year.

If convicted, all three face the death penalty.

The case has gained international prominence due to the personalities involved – Abdul Razak is a known associate of Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

Altantuya’s family – her father and three cousins are here as prosecution witnesses – also filed RM100 million civil suit this morning against the Malaysian government and the three defendants.

5 Responses to “Altantuya case postponed to another 2 weeks”

  1. ronnieliutiankhiew Says:

    Defence lawyers question last-minute change
    Jun 4, 07 5:21pm Malaysiakini

    Nobody seemed happy after prosecutors asked for a lengthy delay at the start of a murder trial which analysts see as a test of Malaysia’s judicial and political integrity.

    “I am just shocked that the trial keeps getting delayed for so many times,” said Wong Kian Kheong, who is defending Abdul Razak Baginda, a political analyst with close ties to Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

    Baginda, 47, is charged with abetting the murder of his Mongolian former lover, Altantuya Shaariibuu, 28, in a slaying that shocked Malaysia.

    His trial was postponed on Monday, immediately after it began, when prosecutors asked for more time. They said they had only been assigned to the case the day before.

    “It should not have happened. It is absolutely ridiculous,” Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin, who represents accused police officer Sirul Azhar Umar, told reporters.

    Sirul and another policeman, Azilah Hadri, 30, are charged with murdering Altantuya.

    The judge granted a two-week delay, and said the trial would start on June 18.

    The change in prosecutors was highly unusual, “particularly so because there were no reasons given,” Karpal Singh, a lawyer for the victim’s family, told reporters.

    Changes everytime

    Altantuya’s father Shaariibuu Setev, 55, travelled from Mongolia with other relatives to attend the trial and said he was dissatisfied.

    “He has been assured that the proceedings will be transparent but he can feel that there is something wrong somewhere with the last-minute changes,” said Mongolia’s honorary consul, Syed Abdul Rahman AlHabshi.

    He spoke on behalf of Shaariibuu, a psychology professor who does not speak English.

    It is not the first time that Shaariibuu has been left surprised by new faces dealing with the case, Syed Abdul Rahman said.

    “He’s surprised that every time he comes, there are changes involving the judge, lawyers and now the prosecutor!”

    Lead prosecutor Tun Majid Tun Hamzah (photo) could not provide answers as to why he had suddenly been handed the file of more than 100 investigation reports.

    “I am not privy as to why,” he told the court.

  2. ronnieliutiankhiew Says:

    我的内心深感羞耻
    杨白杨
    07年6月5日 傍晚6:35

    杨白杨,原名杨文波,另有笔名欧阳恩、李安、马明、胡先及陈默等,马来亚大学中文系及教育系毕业,擅长散文、杂文及时评。

    他在我国报章撰写过多个专栏,其文字多变,或正经严肃、讲情说理,或嬉笑怒骂、反讽侧击,或直抒胸怀、真情流露,极受读者欢迎。

    已结集出版者有《坦然集》、《华团漫步》、《神伤中国》、《黑白之间》、《无关政治》及《百字书》。

    杨白杨简介及他所写过的专栏

    杨白杨电邮: yangbaiyang@gmail.com
    昨天谈论丽娜改变宗教信仰案件和阿旦杜亚被炸尸案件时,我问:全世界都在看着我们,我们逃得过世人和历史的眼光的审判吗?我以为全世界都在等待我们的法庭的判决。今天我在《东方日报》看到1000个蒙古母亲致马来西亚人民的公开信,还有阿旦杜亚的儿子致马来西亚人民的公开信,作为马来西亚人,我的内心深感羞耻。

    世人并没有等待我们的法庭的判决,那两封公开信,已经给我的祖国马来西亚下了判决。

    1000个蒙古母亲充满悲愤的说:“在一段时间内,我们会害怕听到传媒提起你的国家的名字。由上帝赐予大马的名誉,就这样被玷污了。这恶名将永垂不朽存在,这都是由残暴的行为引起的!难以置信的是,这宗谋杀案牵涉了所有刑事行为,包括非法逮捕、暴力、抢劫、谋杀、阴谋和贪污。”

    我这一生中,还不曾听闻有人害怕听到我的祖国马来西亚的名字!说这话的人,内心对我国该有多大的愤恨呀?这怎不叫我深感羞耻呢?虽然我知道,在一个人们高喊正义至上的国度里,不是每个人都有羞耻心的。正义之士可能指责这1000个蒙古母亲在抹黑他们的祖国马来西亚。因此,我必须重复:读着1000个蒙古母亲给我们的信,我的内心深感羞耻。

    1000个蒙古母亲训诫我们:“如果这次诉讼,是为了暗中保护个人,或一群人的利益,那么马来西亚的声誉,将在人性的面前毁于一旦。”训诫之余,她们竟然还对我们怀抱希望:“我们希望不会再有更多的射杀和爆炸发生在马来西亚的绿色丛林中。我们希望不会再有任何对一位母亲而发动的攻击。”

    敬爱的蒙古母亲们啊,你们的控诉,你们的判决,你们的训斥,你们对我们的希望,都叫我们无地自容!我敢相信,也请你们相信我,在马来西亚,除了极少数失去了羞耻心的政客财主以及他们的追随者,除了极少数作奸犯科的败类和假正义假爱国之士,大多数马来西亚人民在读着你们的公开信时,内心都深感羞耻。

    作为马来西亚子民,我们要为自己国家的败类对贵国母亲及孩子无人性的伤害,祈求你们的宽恕。我们支持你们的要求:“让罪人在公平及真理下受到审讯和忏悔。”你们说得对:“马来西亚公平的司法以及领导人,在无需任何人指导也明白,对于两名必须接受命运安排的遗孤,需要怎样的赔偿。”

    阿旦杜亚的儿子一字一泪的公开信,令人深感悲恸。长期向全世界贩卖正义口号和优秀文化的马来西亚大国民啊,在这两个孩子面前,还能够抬起头来吗?孩子对母亲的爱和思念,让他们纯洁的心跃然纸上,让我们的国家更形污浊,希望能够召唤更多马来西亚子民的羞耻心!

    敬爱的蒙古母亲们,阿旦杜亚的孩子们,我们马来西亚人亏欠你们太多了。我们愿意和你们站在一起,呼唤我国的良知和司法公正。你们的两封公开信,像两面镜子,一面映出我们丑恶的真面目,叫我们不要自欺欺人;一面直射我们的内心,唤醒我们的羞耻心。感激你们之余,我还是要说:读你们的信,我内心深感羞耻。

  3. ronnieliutiankhiew Says:

    质疑三嫌犯都与纳吉有关联
    前辩护律师有意传副揆供证

    ■日期/Jun 05, 2007 ■时间/06:50:16 pm
    ■新闻/家国风云 ■作者/merdekareview 庄迪澎

    【本刊庄迪澎撰述】昨天向高等法院申请退出为“炸尸案”首被告抗辩的律师朱基菲里诺丁(Zulkifli Nordin),早前接受《国际先驱论坛报》访问时曾透露,辨方有意传召副首相兼国防部长纳吉出庭供证,交代他和首被告、首席警长阿兹拉哈德里(Azilah Hadri)会面的事。

    此外,朱基菲里(右图)原本也要在法院揭露“炸尸案”死者阿尔丹杜雅莎莉布在2002年的一宗法国潜水艇采购案里扮演的角色。

    朱基菲里对《国际先驱论坛报》(International Herald Tribune)说:“我们有兴趣知道,这宗谋杀案当中有没有政治联系(political link)。为什么所有涉案者都和第二号人物有关联?”朱基菲里所谓的“第二号人物”是指副首相兼国防部长、巫统署理主席纳吉(Najib Tun Razak)。

    所有嫌犯都是纳吉身边人

    备受国际瞩目的“炸尸案”有三名嫌犯:副首相纳吉的重要幕僚――46岁的政治分析员阿都拉萨被控在今年10月18日上午9时45分至11时5分之间,在吉隆坡安邦路Bangunan Getah Asli十楼,教唆30岁的首席警长阿兹拉哈德里(Azilah bin Hadri)及35岁警员西鲁阿兹哈乌玛(Sirul Azhar Umar)谋杀阿尔丹杜雅莎莉布(Altantuya Shaariibuu)。阿兹拉及西鲁阿兹哈隶属特别行动组,是纳吉的保镖;他们两人被控谋杀。【点击:蒙古女子命案主嫌被控教唆罪控状与谋杀条款同读罪成死刑】

    28岁的阿尔丹杜雅(左图)去年10月21日宣告失踪,她被炸毁的残骸遗骨是在11月6日在莎亚南丛林被发现。脱氧核糖核酸(DNA)报告证实,这些遭人以C4炸弹炸毁的碎骨属于阿丹杜雅所有。【点击:炸尸案疑云系列报道】

    副国内安全部长莫哈末佐哈里(Mohd Johari Baharum)去年12月7日曾在国会透露,能使用C4级炸药的不仅是军队,还包括特种部队(Unit Tindakan Khas)。【点击《今日马来西亚》:Johari: C4s used by soldiers and cops】

    “炸尸案”原订昨天(6月4日)在雪兰莪州莎亚南高等法院开审,不过,控方因临时更换主控官而获法院准许展期至6月18日聆审。

    此外,朱基菲里向法院申请退出本案,不再为阿兹拉辩护,原因是他不只一次受到其他多方面(third parties)的严重干扰,而这种干扰令他无法充分地发挥其能力为被告辩护。不过,朱基菲里没有说明,所谓的“其他多方面”所指何人或哪些单位,也没有透露所谓的“严重干扰”是什么。【点击:不只一次遭严重干扰 首被告律师退出抗辩】

    女死者或牵涉军购交易

    《国际先驱论坛报》在6月1日刊出报道《政治笼罩马来西亚的谋杀案审讯》(Politics shadows murder trial in Malaysia),朱基菲里对这家报纸说,他将揭露“炸尸案”死者阿尔丹杜雅莎莉布在2002年的一宗法国潜水艇采购案里扮演的角色。

    他说:“她可能在那宗法国公司和国防部之间的军购交易中当通译员。我们要看看当中有无关联。”

    不过,《国际先驱论坛报》也引述另一名被告西鲁阿兹哈乌玛的辩护律师卡玛鲁希山(Kamarul Hisham)的话说,他怀疑法院会揭露这宗谋杀案的可能动机。

    卡玛鲁这么说:“动机是个非常有趣的问题,不过如果有具体证据(physical evidence)证明那三人做了这件事,动机就无关紧要了。”

    因此,卡玛鲁预测,控方会把范围缩小到实际的杀害这一点,因为马来西亚的法律和英美的法律传统相似,控方无需以动机来入罪。

    他说:“这场审讯可能把该说的话都说尽了,但却没有任何答案。”

    安华向纳吉阵营投掷政治炸弹

    今年1月10日,前副首相、人民公正党顾问安华依布拉欣(右图)首次放话说,“炸尸案”牵连10亿欧元(约马币46亿元)潜水艇军购案,警方应该盘问纳吉,确保此案按照透明公正原则调查。

    安华当时也说,根据他个人的经验,特别部队成员的任务是保护副首相,他们接受副首相的指示行事;因此,纳吉应该回答为什么原本被派去保护他、听命于他的人,却卷入谋杀案。【点击:蒙古女子命案关系潜水艇交易 安华促警方公正查案盘问纳吉】

    今年4月11日,安华到马六甲为马接州议席补选助选时,直接指责纳吉贪污,让朋党在军购中抽佣金,数目高达马币九亿元。安华声称自己掌握证据,并挑战纳吉否认以及起诉自己毁谤。

    第二天,马六甲马接州议席补选成绩出炉,《独立新闻在线》记者在纳吉(左图)的记者会上提问安华的指责时,纳吉连声否认,其支持者则在其身后起哄附和。记者连续几次追问会否起诉安华,然而纳吉并没有回答问题。【点击:否认指责回避会否起诉安华 国阵支持者起哄阻记者提问】

    这是纳吉第二次回应安华的指责,纳吉首次回应此课题,是在今年3月29日巫统最高理事会议后的记者会上,他当时说:“我不会回应,我不回应安华。”(I will not react, I do not react to Anwar.)【点击:“滥权、徇私、受贿……” 高官回应贪污指责各施其法】

    《国际先驱论坛报》引述著名律师山卡拉(Sankara Nair)的话说:“安华正向纳吉的阵营投掷一枚小政治炸弹。”纳吉的发言人沙里弗丁阿末(Sariffuddin Ahmad)则气愤地回应说,安华基本上是在指责纳吉下令谋杀,并非议安华“试图政治化审讯”。

  4. ronnieliutiankhiew Says:

    According to Zulkifli Noordin, the former defence cousel for First accused Azilah Hadri, Azilah has met Najib before the murder has been taken place. He also said that the defence has earlier decided to summon Najib to courts. So, what was transpired between Najib and Azilah?
    Zulkifli Nordin has withdrawn from acting for Azilah, citing “third party interference’ as his reason. But he has failed to elaborate on his accusation. Who was this third party?

  5. Fred Jackson Says:

    This is a very good reason for the case to be thrown out because of the incompetence of the prosecuting team. I am still predicting that the case will not receive fair trial and technicalities will be brought in(like change of prosecuting team) to protect the defendants or prolong this case until after the elections. No reason given for change of prosecuting team. Unacceptable…

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