SHAH ALAM: Abdul Razak Baginda and C/Insp Azilah Hadri planned the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu before the police officer carried it out with his subordinate Kpl Sirul Azhar Umar, the High Court here was told.
The prosecution, in kick-starting the much-awaited murder trial yesterday, said it would prove this as well as all events leading to it through direct evidence and circumstantial evidence.
In his opening statement, DPP Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah said the prosecution would produce evidence to show that Abdul Razak, 47, had known the deceased since 2004, and frequently met her and gave her money during the course of their relationship.
Despite ending their relationship in August 2005, the political analyst continued to give money to the Mongolian translator whenever she asked for it until early 2006 when he started declining her demands.
As a result, the Mongolian beauty hired a private investigator to track down Abdul Razak and came to Malaysia several times to demand money from him.
On arriving in Kuala Lumpur on Oct 8 last year, the 28-year-old Altantuya tried in vain to meet Abdul Razak who refused to see her.
In desperation, she left several notes for Abdul Razak, including a threat that his daughter would be in danger if he did not give her money.
The political analyst then hired a private investigator to trail Altantuya and also watch his house to prevent her from harassing him but despite all his efforts, the harassment and threats continued.
Tun Abdul Majid said that upon confiding in a senior police officer friend about his problems, Abdul Razak was advised to lodge a police report in view of the serious threats.
However, the political analyst did not do so and in turn, asked his friend to keep whatever he told him a secret. Abdul Razak then met C/Insp Azilah at his office at the Bangunan Lembaga Getah Asli on the morning of Oct 18 after his friend gave him his number.
Tun Abdul Majid said the evidence would show that C/Insp Azilah, 31, and Abdul Razak planned Altantuya’s murder together and a few hours after their meeting, the officer, together with Kpl Sirul Azhar, 36, went to Hotel Malaya where Altantuya had been staying.
He said a note seized from C/Insp Azilah’s office, which had the deceased’s name written on it in addition to her address and phone number as well as the name of Abdul Razak’s private investigator, would be tendered as part of the evidence.
In addition, the prosecution would also produce evidence to show that Altantuya had gone to Abdul Razak’s house on the evening of Oct 19 last year and the political analyst, on learning that she was there, asked the private investigator to “entertain her until his men arrived.”
Subsequently, Abdul Razak contacted C/Insp Azilah, who later came to his house in a car with Kpl Sirul Azhar to take Altantuya away.
The two policemen were the last people seen with the deceased.
According to the opening statement, Altantuya might not have been shot dead before she was blown up with explosives, as widely believed.
Tun Abdul Majid said evidence would be adduced to show that the deceased’s cause of death was “probable blast-related injuries”, which means she may have died the cruel death of being blown up alive.
Altantuya, in a police report lodged some eight hours before her disappearance, had stated that if anything were to happen to her, the police should look for someone named “Razak Baginda.”
Apart from that, the prosecution would also rely on a confession made by Kpl Sirul Azhar to his superior, and also on some items belonging to the deceased found in his house for this case.
In addition, a pair of bloodstained slippers was also found in the corporal’s car, and a DNA test concluded that it was the deceased’s blood.
Tun Abdul Majid said that it was C/Insp Azilah who led police to the crime scene.
The two policemen are charged with jointly murdering Altantuya between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20, 2006 at Lots 12843 and 16735 in Mukim Bukit Raja, Shah Alam.
Abdul Razak, who is accused of abetting them, had his charge amended yesterday to having committed the offence between 9.54am on Oct 18 and 9.45pm on Oct 19 in 2006 in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur.
In the original charge, he was accused of committing the offence between 9.54am and 11.05am on Oct 18 at Level 10, Bangunan Getah Asli, 148, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
Me : Now that is surely nice. Apart of actually being there for the case, these people are uncovering the unopened truth, one at a time. The only thing is that we for sure do not know whether it is the truth, or just merely another true lies, like the one happened to Anwar Ibrahim.
Hey, I'm no supporter of Anwar Ibrahim, but he did got trapped in the true lies. Murder under influence, harassment. Now that is nice. Perhaps they are trying to cover up the real story behind the murder. Perhaps they are trying to cover up the story of these middlemen stuffs, as per told in the alternative medias.
Really, is there any way anyone could be blown up just like that, without having any signs of resistance? That is totally weird. Unless you are tied up or something, you will surely object to being blown up into pieces. I wondered, then, how will the defence turn in during their show?