Phone records raise questions

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 27 Nov 2007

SHAH ALAM: Several questions popped up after a Maxis Communications Bhd staff read out the registered users of a list of cellphone numbers at the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder trial yesterday. 

The biggest question mark of all, however, was the phone number thought to belong to Abdul Razak Baginda, which turned out to be registered under the name of a broadcast journalist. 

Regina Arokiam, an administrative executive at Maxis Communications security division, testified that the number, a prepaid line, was registered under Mohd Izwan Azir Mohad Saleh. 

A reporter-cum-newscaster with TV3, Mohd Izwan Azir had himself turned up to cover the trial during earlier proceedings. 

Two weeks ago, the 52nd prosecution witness, CyberSecurity Malaysia digital forensic department head Aswami Fadillah Mohd Ariffin, said the number belonged to Abdul Razak. 

Another question mark surrounded the phone number that belonged to the political analyst's private investigator P. Balasubramaniam. 

According to Regina, this number was a post-paid number that was registered under a Looi Kwee Pin, who had two other registered numbers. 

The phone number that belonged to Altantuya's private investigator Ang Chong Beng too was not registered under his own name. 

Instead, it was registered to Lee Gua Cheng, who also had four other numbers registered under her name. 

Apart from these numbers, 34-year-old Regina testified that she found three post-paid numbers registered under Abdul Razak's name. 

“I keyed in (the number) into our system based on police request and all three numbers came up,” said the 56th prosecution witness on Day 61 of the trial. 

Five other phone numbers, including the ones belonging to Altantuya, Kpl Sirul Azhar Umar and L/Kpl Rohaniza Roslan (C/Insp Azilah Hadri's ex-girlfriend) based on witness testimonies, were all unregistered prepaid numbers. 

The trial continues today.  

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