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Sirul Azhar’s son and uncle waiting to be reunited with him after his acquittal.
PUTRAJAYA: Kpl Sirul Azhar Umar, who was acquitted by the Court of Appeal in the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu, wants to return to his normal life.
“I am grateful to Allah that everything is over now. I thank my lawyers who defended me and also my family, especially my mother, who had never stopped praying for me. I intend to continue leading a normal life after this,” he told Bernama.
Sirul Azhar usually appeared serious and preferred to be alone compared with C/Insp Azilah Hadri who was seen as more friendly and chatting with people around him.
However, Sirul Azhar’s mood changed after the court’s decision yesterday and he was seen smiling at family members who sat behind him.
His 13-year-old son was visibly delighted with his release. The teenager, who was accompanied by two family members, managed to tell his father how much he missed him.
Sirul Azhar’s uncle, Mustapha Samat from Ipoh, said that since his nephew was charged with murder, he managed to attend the court hearing three times and that he had kept praying for his freedom.
Mustapha, who arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, was seen contacting his other family members to inform them of the court’s decision.
Meanwhile, Azilah said his time in prison had not physically changed him and that he wished to be at home.
Outside the courtroom, Azilah, his voice shaking, said he was grateful to Allah, as his prayers had been answered.
“I am still nervous. I need to go back to Kajang Prison to thank those who had taken care of me there. They took good care of me. I want to perform my Friday prayers and sort out other matters after that,” he said.
His fiancee Nur Azila Baharuddin, 35, was shedding tears of joy.
“I was expecting the worst. It has been so long. Seven years, in fact, and we’ve been through so much,” she said.
When asked if they were planning to get married soon, Nur Azila said the only thing that mattered was for him to be released.
The operations manager said she visited Azilah at the Kajang Prison weekly but could not do so during Hari Raya as she had to return to her hometown.
“From day one, we have never stopped supporting him. He is innocent,” she said.
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