Abdul Razak Baginda pleads not guilty, released on RM1mil court bond

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  • Thursday, 23 Nov 2006

KUALA LUMPUR: A prominent political analyst pleaded innocent Thursday to the charge of abetting the murder of a Mongolian woman, whose body was reportedly blown up by explosives. 

Abdul Razak Baginda, 46, took the plea at the Kuala Lumpur High Court and the trial, will begin on Dec. 14 in Shah Alam, the state capital of neighbouring Selangor state, where the murder was allegedly committed last month. 

He was later released on a RM1mil court bond. 

If found guilty, Abdul Razak faces the death penalty. 

Two policemen have separately been charged with murdering the woman, 28-year-old Altantuya Shaariibuu. 

The two - Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri and Constable Sirul Azhar Umar - are part of an elite unit tasked with VIP protection, and both also face the death penalty if convicted. They have not entered a plea yet. 

According to prosecutors he conspired with Azilah and Sirul on Oct. 18 to kill Shaariibuu sometime between the night of Oct. 19 and early Oct. 20. 

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