Altantuya case goes to Federal Court

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  • Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013

Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah at altantuya decision in Shah Alam high court

PETALING JAYA: The Altantuya Shaariibuu case will go to the Federal Court after the prosecution filed a notice of appeal against the acquittal of two policemen accused of murdering the Mongolian woman.

Deputy solicitor-general II Datuk Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah (pic) confirmed that he filed the notice of appeal on the day of the judgment last Friday.

However, he said that the prosecution team was still working on the appeal petition as they only received the written judgment on Monday.

He declined to comment further, saying that it could be sub judice to the appeal.

When asked which points of the court of appeal judgment that the prosecution would likely appeal against, he replied: “All.”

The prosecution was appealing against the Court of Appeal decision to overturn the Shah Alam High Court’s guilty verdict in the trial of Kpl Sirul Azhar Umar and C/Insp Azilah Hadri.

Sirul Azhar and Azilah were freed when the three-person bench ruled that there were serious misdirections by the judge who had heard the case.

However, Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail had stated that the prosecution was dissatisfied with the decision as non-direction or misdirection by the trial court judge was not the fault of the prosecution.

He also disagreed with the Court of Appeal’s findings that the prosecution’s failure to call former Deputy Supt Musa Safri to testify during the trial had struck a significant blow against the prosecution’s case.

“DSP Musa’s testimony had no relevance as the whole narrative of the prosecution’s case had unfolded in the trial before the High Court,” he said in a statement.

At the outset, it was the prosecution’s case that former political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda had conspired with the two officers to kill Altantuya.

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