Court to hear Azilah’s review application on April 20

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  • Wednesday, 18 Dec 2019

PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court set April 20 to hear former police commando Azilah Hadri’s review application to set aside his 2015 conviction and death sentence for the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu.

Deputy registrar Azniza Mohd Ali set the date after a case management for the review application yesterday at the Federal Court here.

Azilah’s lawyer J. Kuldeep Kumar later confirmed his client filed the review application last week under Rule 137 of the Rules of the Federal Court 1995 and was also seeking for an order for retrial.

Kuldeep said the application to review Azilah’s conviction and sentence meted out by the Federal Court on Jan 13, 2015 was supported by affidavits and Azilah’s statutory declaration (SD).

“We want a retrial, that’s what we’re asking for,” he added.

Deputy Public Prosecutors Norinna Bahadun and Tengku Intan Suraya Tengku Ismail said they would study the SD before briefing Attorney General Tan Sri Tommy Thomas on the next course of action.

Azilah is currently on death row at Kajang Prison.

Azilah had filed an SD on Oct 17 to support the application for the Federal Court to review his conviction and death sentence for killing the Mongolian woman in October 2006.

Azilah’s SD contained, among others, explosive allegations linking then deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to the murder of Altantuya.

Najib, meanwhile, has filed an application to intervene in Azilah’s review application.

Lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, representing the former premier, said that his client has a “direct interest” in the matter.

“There are many allegations that were thrown (at Najib) in the affidavit and the review application.

“So from this point it is obvious.

“The court can’t make a decision against anyone who is condemned in the proceedings without the person being in court to be given the right to answer,” Shafee told reporters after attending the case management.

Shafee said they were also seeking to at least be able to be included in the watching brief.

He also questioned why the allegations have surfaced again after 10 years.

“These allegations are raised for the first time in 10 years and my client has denied all of the allegations,” he added.

Lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo, who is representing Altantuya’s family, said she would also file an application to be included in the watching brief.

“The bigger picture now is for the SD to be investigated,” she added.

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