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.

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.


ingin tahu said...

She was already dead when she was blown up to bits.

Sirul and azila blew up a body yang dah mati. Who directed them to blow up the body?

Who REALLY murdered Altantuya?

matt said...

The question is: What's their motive for killing her?

And who ordered/instructed them to kill her?

Anonymous said...

i wonder why the defense does not call any witness at all, as if they take this case like a small matter to them, just like a 100 ringgit penalty or 2 days jail only. Or maybe the script of this drama was already given to all peoples involved including the judges, the prosecutors, the defense lawyers, the witnesses and the accused. And to the 2 accused someone has this to say "be cool, everything is not lost, I'll see the judge and the hangman later today to make sure both of you be hanged using brittle rope"

Anonymous said...


It is true these two did it.

But these two told that they were asked to do it.

Why nobody want to find out who asked these two do it?

I don't understand Mommy.

Let me put that plastic teat in my mouth to inspire and see if my very small brain can find the answer.

Meanwhile, you also try lah Mommy.

This one very susah lah.

The arrow cannot simply embedd itself if it was not strung from the bow.

Why punish the arrow only?

What about the bow and its operator?

Pening kepala Mommy.


Lee said...

There is no choice but for the two incompetent murderers to die.There is just too much unwanted publicity in this case where people in high places have been implicated directly and indirectly.If they are not disposed of...who knows what may happen in future when they really repent and .....At the same time, some peoples may think that justice is seen being served as the heartless murderers are to hang until they become dead meat!As for the
person behind the murder, God knows and also the person who directed the hideous execution.I don't think he/she can sleep peacefully at night!