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Saturday August 24, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Saturday August 24, 2013 MYT 9:06:37 AM
PUTRAJAYA: The two men who were tried for the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu are staying out of the limelight after being set free by the Court of Appeal.
Kpl Sirul Azhar Umar and C/Insp Azilah Hadri were quick to give the media the slip right after the verdict was read.
They were taken to the court lock-up through a hidden passageway for their paperwork, and remained in the complex here for about two hours.
At about 11am, two vehicles – believed to be carrying the men separately – were seen leaving the Palace of Justice.
It was said that Sirul Azhar did not return to Perak’s Tapah prison yesterday, but was released from the court complex instead.
Meanwhile, after word spread that Azilah was heading to Kajang Prison to collect his belongings, the press quickly set up camp at the prison, about 26km from here, in order to catch up with him.
However, after hours of waiting, pressmen were left disappointed as Azilah was nowhere to be seen.
Prisons Department director Datuk Zulkifli Omar confirmed that the two had been released after completing their documentation.
“Azilah left Kajang Prison at about 11.45am with a family member,” he said.
Despite the fanfare surrounding the trial, the media has never been given the opportunity to photograph the faces of the two men, and to date, members of the public have no idea what they look like.
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