31 October 2008

Razak Baginda acquitted and discharged............

The High Court has acquitted and discharged political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda, 48, on a charge of abetting in the murder of his estranged Mongolian lover Altantuya Shaariibuu in a long and sensational trial that had hogged the limelight since middle of last year.

Judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yasin, who ruled that the prosecution had failed to make out a prima facie case against Abdul Razak, however ordered Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar to enter their defence for the murder of the Mongolian woman, who had an affair with Abdul Razak.

Mohd Zaki set Nov 10 for Azilah, 32, and Sirul Azhar, 36, who are members of the elite Special Action Squad (UTK), to make their defence.

Both men opted to testify under oath in making their defence. They could choose to give a statement from the dock or to not say anything.

The two policemen, who have always had their heads hooded with their clothes except when in the court room, are charged with murdering Altantuya, then 28, at a location between lots 12843 and 16735 in the Mukim of Bukit Raja here between 10 pm on OCt 19 and 1 am on Oct 20 2006.

Abdul Razak, who is the executive director of the Malaysia Strategic Research Centre, had been charged with abetting in the murder in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur between 9.54 am on Oct 18 and 9.45 am on Oct 19 2006.

The charges carry the death penalty upon conviction.

The murder trial started on June 4 last year and the court sat for 151 days to hear the testimonies of 84 prosecution witnesses. Her murder was described as gruesome as her body was blown up with explosives, and during the trial, the murder scene was visited.



But, the question remains unrequited as who ordered Azilah and Sirul to bump off Altantuya in such gruesome manner? Did Azilah and Sirul acted on their own accords......obviously NOPE! sure enough the 'arahan' comes from someone who has an interest in this case. Anyway, if they did it what was the motif?

As Leslie Lau said," But for his close friend Najib, this will be a bitter sweet moment. His friend is acquitted,but the acquittal will almost certainly give rise to more allegations against him."

Now Azilah and Sirul will face the gallows if convicted. Do you think these two guys will let the law takes its course or will they bear it all and bring down all those involved.........

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