On the records: Man enough to face death?

February 2, 2008 at 12:01 pm (Justice, Politics) (, , , )

C/Insp Azilah Hadri, 32, and Cpl Sirul Azhar Umar, 37, are charged with murdering the 28-year-old Mongolian Altantuya Shariibuu at Bukit Rajah, Selangor between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20, 2006. Political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda, 46, is charged with abetting them. They face the death penalty, if convicted.

IF the three were man enough to kill, why are they not man enough to face death?

Latest on the trial taken from The Star:


Witness: Azilah contacted Sirul and Razak

SHAH ALAM: A Celcom Bhd employee told the Altantuya Shariibuu murder trial that there had never been any mistake in call records from its transmission stations.

Haizal Hambali, a technician with the telco’s access planning division, said in the eight years that he had been with the company, he had never come across any such error.

Haizal, the prosecution’s 63rd witness in the trial, which entered its 82nd day yesterday, was clarifying the earlier testimonies two witnesses from the company on the calls made by C/Insp Azilah Hadri, the first accused in the case.

Azilah, 32, and Cpl Sirul Azhar Umar, 37, are charged with murdering the 28-year-old Mongolian at Bukit Rajah, Selangor between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20, 2006.

Political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda, 46, is charged with abetting them. They face the death penalty, if convicted.

According to records, transactions involving the handphone used by Azilah were traced from Bukit Aman to the surrounding areas of Puncak Alam (the location of the crime) between 8pm and midnight on Oct 19 that year.

The call records also showed that the accused had contacted Sirul Azhar and Abdul Razak in the days preceding the murder.

Continuing with his testimony yesterday, Haizal said the company’s Puncak Alam transmission station’s records showed that Azilah made calls at 10.43pm and 11.16 pm on Oct 19 while a third call was detected by their Bukit Asmara station at 11.26pm.

Asked by DPP Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah during examination-in-chief why the third call was not detected on the Puncak Alam transmission station but the Bukit Asmara one, Haizal said: “When we are in a high place, we will get signals from a station that is far. On top a hill there are no other strong dominant factors, as such, the mobile phone can pick any nearby signal.”

He said after that, the Puncak Perdana station (nearest to the murder scene) detected another call that was made at 11.28pm to L/Kpl Rohaniza Roslan (Azilah’s girlfriend).

Thereafter Azilah’s calls were detected at Section U3 Shah Alam, Section 4 Kota Damansara, Km19 NKVE and Bukit Aman at 12.25am the next day.

“Based on the call transactions, the holder of the phone moved from Bukit Aman to Kampung Melayu, Subang before reaching the hill in Puncak Alam where the murder is said to have taken place, then moved back to Bukit Aman via Section U3, Shah Alam, Section 4 Kota Damansara and the NKVE (North Klang Valley Expressway),” he said.

He said although the Location Area Code might be the same, the actual locations would still be different because the LAC represented a very wide area within which there were many transmission stations, each with its own identity code.

The hearing before Judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yasin resumes on Monday. – Bernama

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