Apr 9, 09 9:46am
The duo were found guilty of murdering Altantuya, who was then 28, at Lot 12843 and Lot 16735 Mukim Bukit Raja near here, between 10 pm, Oct 19 and 1 am, Oct 20, 2006.
Lead prosecutor Tun Majid Tun Hamzah said the prosecution was satisfied as it had proved that no one else was involved.
Sirul's lawyer Hasnal Rezua Merican said he would be filing an appeal.
Altantunya, who was brutally murdered and her body blown to bits with C4 explosives in the remote jungle clearing, has become a household name in this country.
The case received overwhelming attention when political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda - a close aide of newly-minted Prime Minister Najib Abdul - was charged with abetting the murder.
However, he was later acquitted and this sparked off a fresh round of speculations that the powers-that-be had a hand in it.
On Oct 31, 2008, the political analyst walked out a free man after the court found that the prosecution had failed to furnish proof on an important element on the conspiracy charge.
Testimony from the dock
Speculations have been rife that both Sirul and Azilah have been made scapegoats to protect certain luminaries. Both accused completed their own defence without any witnesses.
Azilah, 33 - represented by counsel Hazman Ahmad and J Kuldeep Kumar - presented his verbal testimony from the dock while Sirul Azhar, 37, represented by Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin, Hasnal Redzua Marican and Ahmad Zaidi Zainal - chose to read out a written testimony also from the dock.
The prosecution team consisting of Deputy Public Prosecutor Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah, Noorin Badaruddin, Manoj Kurup and Hanim Rashid stressed in their submissions that Azilah and Sirul Azhar were the people behind Altantuya's murder.
Based on the evidence gathered from prosecution witnesses, the explosives used to blow up Altantuya's body was probably placed in her mouth, they said.
The case has set many records including one for having the longest hearing (159 days) with 84 witnesses at the prosecution stage and two at the defence stage.
According to records, Azilah has been incarcerated at the Sungai Buloh prison for 891 days while Sirul Azhar has been in for 895 days.
Thursday, 9 April 2009
Altantuya murder: Death for Sirul, Azilah
Two police special action force personnel - Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, 33, and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 37 - were sentenced to death by the Shah Alam High Court this morning for the murder of Mongolian national Altantunya Shaarriibuu three years ago, Malaysiakini reports.