Altantuya murder trial: Again, another media blackout!

November 17, 2007 at 12:26 am (Justice, Politics) (, , , )

The following article by The Straits Times, Singapore, was reproduced in The Malaysian Bar website (http://www.malaysianbar.org.my/content/view/12228/2/)

Wednesday, 14 November 2007, 09:02am

©The Straits Times, Singapore (Used by permission)

Records show call was made around time of Mongolian woman’s death

SHAH ALAM – THE name of the chief aide of Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak was mentioned at the trial of a murdered Mongolian beauty yesterday, dragging another associate of the deputy premier into the courtroom proceedings.

Deputy Superintendent Musa Safri received a call from murder suspect Abdul Razak Baginda, said an expert witness who has gone through the phone records of the suspects in the case, the Bernama news agency reported.

CyberSecurity Malaysia digital forensic head Aswami Fadillah Mohd Ariffin did not tell the Shah Alam High Court what the call was about.

The call was made between Oct 18 and Oct 21, he said.

The witness said he had traced the calls from the phone records supplied by mobile phone service providers, Bernama reported.

DSP Musa is the aide-decamp of Datuk Seri Najib, while Abdul Razak is a close associate of the senior politician.

Mongolian interpreter Altantuya Shaariibuu, 28, is believed to have been murdered on Oct 19 or 20 last year.

Parts of her blown-up body were found in a jungle in Bukit Raja near Shah Alam last November.

Abdul Razak, 47, is charged with abetting her murder.

Two men from an elite police unit, Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, 31, and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 36, are accused of murdering her.

Bernama quoted Mr Aswami, the expert witness, as saying there was also a record that showed DSP Musa had made a phone call to Azilah between Oct 17 and Oct 21 last year.

Abdul Razak had also received a phone call from the handphone of Azilah’s girlfriend during the same period, said the expert witness.

The trial has been closely followed by Malaysians due to the gruesome nature of the murder, Abdul Razak’s links to Deputy PM Najib, and the lurid details revealed during the hearings.

Adding spice to the case is the fact that the two policemen in the dock were part of a unit that guards VIPs, including Datuk Seri Najib.

When the hearings began in June, it was dubbed Malaysia’s trial of the century.

But the trial has been mired in technical arguments and many Malaysians have lost interest due to the slow pace of the proceedings.

The trial entered its 58th day yesterday.

Mr Aswami said he had analysed calls and text messages made from Oct 17 to 21 last year on 12 handphones and 14 SIM cards and also analysed two laptop computers sent to him by the police.

At the time of Ms Altantuya’s death, Abdul Razak was the head of the Malaysian Strategic Research Centre and an adviser to Datuk Seri Najib.

According to Bernama yesterday, Abdul Razak’s affidavit filed in January mentions DSP Musa as his acquaintance and that DSP Musa had introduced Abdul Razak to Azilah.

All three suspects face the death sentence if convicted.

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May Malaysia see justice

November 12, 2007 at 8:59 am (Personal, Spiritual) (, , )

May our homes be filled with dancing,

May our streets be filled with joy,

May injustice bow to Jesus,

As the people turn and pray.

Yes, the BERSIH rally on Nov 10 was a success. Nevertheless, it will take more than street demonstration or petition to the Agong.

We have to appeal, to cry out to the King of kings, the Judge of all.

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1, 2, 3…

November 4, 2007 at 10:46 pm (Personal, Spiritual) (, )

I have to start all over again.

God first.

The rest follows.

Matthew 6 (New King James Version)

25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

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Woo Hoo!

November 1, 2007 at 9:45 pm (Justice, Politics) (, , , )

Thank God for a ray of hope.

The former Chief Justice (CJ), Tun Ahmad Fairuz Abdul Halim, had his application for a six-month extension rejected following today’s meeting of the country’s nine hereditary rulers with Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi. His tenure as the CJ expired yesterday when he officially turned 66, the mandatory retirement age for judges as stated in the Federal Constitution. This fellow is the one linked to the alleged brokering of judges’ appointments exposed in the Lingam Tape.

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