Altantuya murder: Jan 13 set for Federal Court decision on ex-UTK men's acquittal

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 7 Jan 2015

PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court has set Jan 13 to deliver its decision in the prosecution's appeal against the acquittal of two former special action unit (UTK) personnel on a charge of murdering Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu.

Federal Court corporate communications and international relations head Mohd Aizuddin Zolkeply confirmed that the decision date has been fixed.

The decision will be delivered by a five-member panel, led by Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria, who heard the appeal for three days from June 23 last year and reserved decision.

Presiding with him were Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum and Federal Court judges Tan Sri Abdull Hamid Embong, Tan Sri Suriyadi Halim Omar and Tan Sri Ahmad Maarop.

When contacted, lawyer Datuk Hazman Ahmad, who is representing Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, said his legal firm received a notice from the Federal Court registry on Tuesday, notifying the date for the decision.

Counsel Kamarul Hisham Kamarudin, representing Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, and deputy public prosecutor Datuk Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah also confirmed the date.

Tun Abdul Majid is also deputy solicitor-general I (Litigation) in the Attorney-General's Chambers.

The prosecution is appealing against the Aug 23, 2013 decision of the Court of Appeal to acquit the two policemen.

The Court of Appeal had allowed the policemen's appeal to set aside the Shah Alam High Court's 2009 decision that found them guilty of the woman's murder and sentenced them to death.

Former political analysts Abdul Razak Baginda, 50, who was charged with abetting Azilah and Sirul Azhar, was acquitted by the High Court on Oct 31, 2008 after the court held that the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case against him.

The prosecution did not appeal against his acquittal. – Bernama