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 (

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.



  1. multidimid said,

    MORE PICS – Day 56,57 &58 Altantuya Murder Trial; Toll CCTV Footage Confirms Sirul’s Jeep; Driver Unidentified; Calls & SMSes Matched Data Recorded

    There is an interesting revelation in Day 57 of the Altantuya Trial. The Cyber Security firm witness when questioned said ”he was neither gazetted to testify as an expert nor was the agency accredited by any independent body” And this private company is funded by the Government and they had presented a report to the Panel “that there is a possibility the Lingam Clip is not authentic”
    So are they qualified to assess and verify the Lingam Video Clip and can they be considered “independent”?
    More details at:

  2. Avitov said,

    Malaysia- Is it a good destination to learn English?
    A fellow press friend of mine yesterday asked me which country, Malaysia or Singapore, is good destination to learn English. I advised her to study in Singapore, where I studied English too five years ago, a safe country that has strict rule of law. Malaysia is a country where an innocent Mongolian woman was shot to death and exploded into pieces by military-use C4 explosive fastened to her body. I will say this sentence to everybody asked me about Malaysia. This will be recalled for the people of Mongolia every time we think of Malaysia.

    Malaysia is no longer a destination for Mongolians either to study or travel. I heard a number of Mongolians going Malaysia to study has been decreased a lot since last year when our beloved mother of two was killed in a jungle outside KL.

    I have been to Malaysia actually, when I was studying in Singapore. I remember that when I was under passport control at the Singapore-Malaysia border, a Malay passport controller smiled at me and told me “Bat Khaan! Genghis Khan!” He said something to his fellow customs officers in Malaysian and told me “Welcome to Malaysia!” My first impression on the country of Malaysia had this wonderful start. I felt like I was the first Mongolian coming to Malaysia. We will not hear this nice welcoming from a passport controller of Russia now, a country what we believed as “brother in steel friendship” for over 70 years in the past under Soviet ally.

    At that time, how can we know that a Mongolian woman will be killed in this country brutally and her entrance record will be deleted from immigration database!
    “The world is a dangerous place. Not because of the people who are evil; but because of the people who don’t do any thing about it.” –Albert Einstein-
    One of the modus operandi of all arm suppliers and dealers in the world arms market is to give “commission” or “corruption” indirectly to the decision makers.

    Payment of corruption money are done very professionally so that it does not incriminate the arms supplier, These arm suppliers will pay any amount of commission demanded as long as they are not implicated as some of them are PLC.

    In this case, it will not be uncommon for, Altantuya Shaariibuu to be a nominee conduit for receiving the large amount of commission for arms deals. Her name could be used as a nominee but the funds (money laundered in Singapore and Hong Kong) received actually goes to the sexist (MISAGYNIST/WOMAN HATER) Abdul Razak Baginda/NAJIB TUN RAZAK the UMNO (NATZIS/RACISTS) pukita cronies who share in the loot. Mongolian nominees are preferred by Russian suppliers as most Mongolians speak Russian.

    This Altantuya Shaariibuu relationship with Abdul Razak Baginda was obviously more than “lover” and it is crystal clear she know more than she should.

    So, her explosives disintegration with C4 type episode with directives from the top. NAJIB TUN RAZAK, Rosmah, Khairy & Scomi who are involved in arms deals are clearly involved.

    Who are the UMNO (XENOPHOBIC/ANTI-SEMITIC) ministers who
    are going to France, Spain, Italy, and Russia & South Africa to buy arms recently?

    Who are the other UMNO (MASTERS of DEATH) pukitra ministers beside Najib Tun Razak, who have visited Ulaan Baatar in the last three years??? The long and endless list of Malaysia’s international laws and human-rights violations can no longer be ignored!!!
    This is an international security crisis that will be lethal to human rights world peace and safety.
    The International community must demand a multi-national investigation on to the ASSASSINATION of Translator/Interpreter & Business women Altantuya Shaariibuu along with the Malaysia’s illegal arms trade! Mongolia must break all diplomatic relations with Malaysia and state this case to the INTERNATIONAL COURT of JUSTICE alert and demand the United Nations Security Council to take action and that The United States’ State Deportment to also take action for this is a Human’s rights violation and a security issue that affects the United States directly. Malaysians must demand answers to what these anti-Democratic UMNO(NATZI PARTY) pukitra Islamist FASCIST(With connections to HAMAS, Hezbollah, AL-QAIDA and IRAN) are doing in the name of protecting the so called “Malay Race” ,”Islamic religion” and the “Nation” !
    Why the U.T.K (THE “SS” MASTERS of DEATH/TERRORISTS), (NATZI) Army, who authorized SUPPLIERS of the malleable explosive believed to be “C4” (Composition 4). Bear in mind that Abdul Razak Baginda is a BROKER INTERMEDIARY/PROXY for those(ASSASSINS/EXECUTIONERS) HIDDEN TOP GUNS of the DEFENSE FORCE with the SUPPLIER (Specifically, the Malaysian Armed Forces). Therefore, it is a standard nature of forwarding of samples of their product in this case to be tested.
    Personally, I think these people, Baginda and his family, including the two police officers and Najib Tun Razak in who gave the order, are the most disgusting people on the globe as same as those terrorists who killed thousands of people on September 11, 2001 by using civilian airplane as missiles.

    Who authorizes those people to use airplane as missiles? Who authorizes those people to use military explosives to kill an innocent woman?
    “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.” –Edmund Burke-

  3. chowinc said,

    Her ignorance of knowing she is dealing with the devil followers when she come to Malaysia cost her dearly, and murder in such a cruel way .

  4. chowinc said,

    Any foreign woman think that she can come to Malaysia to collect her commission owe by those umno thugs better think deeply next time, make sure you know you are dealing with evil doers who are in control of that country, be smart and know about this country before going there alone.

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