Azilah was ready for Altantunya verdict, says ex-fiancee

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  • Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015

Azilah led out of the court room after the verdict by the Federal Court

KUALA LUMPUR: C/Insp Azilah Hadri, one of two policemen facing the gallows following the Federal Court's decision to overturn their acquittal over the murder of Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaariibuu, was ready for the verdict.

His former fiancee, Norazila Baharuddin, 37, said Azilah conveyed this to her in a phone call on Monday and also sought her forgiveness over their failed relationship.

"Azilah was prepared to face whatever decision the court would take. Bad or good he would have accepted it. He did not want to run away from it," she told Bernama.

Norazila said Azilah also told her that he was thankful to his lawyer Datuk Hazman Ahmad for doing his best for him.

Norazila, who has since married (in May last year), said she last met Azilah in August 2013 when the Court of Appeal acquitted him and Kop Sirul Azhar Umar of murdering the Mongolian model.

Federal Court Judge Tan Sri Suriyadi Halim Omar, who read out the judgement, said the court set aside the acquittal of both accused and restored the decision of the Shah Alam High Court which had found them guilty of the murder and sentenced them to death.

Sirul Azhar was not present when the Federal Court delivered its judgement.

In a unanimous decision, the court allowed the prosecution's appeal to set aside the Court of Appeal's decision acquitting the two policemen.

The appeal panel was chaired by Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria. The other judges were Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum and Federal Court judges Tan Sri Abdull Hamid Embong and Tan Sri Ahmad Maarop.

Justice Suriyadi said that after perusing the evidence adduced in court, the two policemen had failed to cast a reasonable doubt on the prosecution case.

Justice Arifin issued a warrant of arrest for Sirul Azhar. Azilah was brought to prison.

 Azilah and Sirul Azhar had been charged with the murder of Altantuya, 28, in Mukim Bukit Raja in Shah Alam between 10 pm on Oct 19 and 1 am the following day in 2006.

 The Court of Appeal had on Aug 23, 2013, allowed the appeal brought by the two police commandos to set aside the 2009 Shah Alam High Court decision finding them guilty of murdering her and sentenced them to death.

Former political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, 51, who was charged with abetting Azilah and Sirul Azhar, was acquitted by the High Court on Oct 31, 2008, after it (the high court) held that the prosecution had failed to establish a prima facie case against him. The prosecution did not appeal against his acquittal. - Bernama

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