|I feel somewhat relieved when I was informed that the charges against Razak Baginda was not dropped as predicted by some quarters before the trial begins today. We Malaysians were shamed by the murder of Altantuya Shariibuu and we need to restore our name by following through a professional and fair trial in order to bring the real killer (s) and murderer (s) to justice.Yes, the whole world is watching. And justice must not only be done but seen to be done. Let’s pray for justice for Altantuya.
Abdul Razak sought lover’s death: DPP
|Political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda ordered the killing of his former Mongolian lover, a prosecutor said in his opening statements at a politically charged murder trial today.
Abdul Razak, 47, is charged with abetting the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu, 28, in a slaying that stunned Malaysia.
Lead prosecutor Tun Majid Tun Hamzah told the High Court that Abdul Razak abetted two accused police officers “in planning and giving instructions so that the deceased is killed.”
Tun Majid said the policemen, Azilah Hadri, 30, and Sirul Azhar Umar, 35, “carried out the killing,” and told the court a confession from Sirul would be among the evidence presented.
He said Altantuya had written a note to Abdul Razak (photo) in which she threatened his child if he refused to help her financially.
Prosecutors also intend to prove that a car owned by Azilah was used to take Altantuya to the murder scene in Shah Alam district southwest of the capital Kuala Lumpur, Tun Majid said.
“The prosecution will prove the cause of death was ‘probable blast-related injuries’ as is proven in a medical report by pathologists,” he said.
A pair of blood-stained slippers were found in a car belonging to Sirul, and DNA testing confirmed the blood was from Altantuya, he said.
A pathologists’ report will prove “the cause of death was ‘probable blast-related injuries’,” he added.
In an eight-page statement opening the trial, Tun Majid said Abdul Razak and Altantuya met in 2004 and had a relationship, during which he gave her money.
After they broke up in 2005, he continued to give her money whenever she demanded, until last year, the prosecution alleged.
Tun Majid said she was dissatisfied and hired a private investigator to find his home. He said she came to Malaysia herself last October, and left notes demanding cash and asking to meet him.
All three accused face the death penalty if convicted.
Abdul Razak has vehemently denied any involvement in the case.