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The day is done for now… (updated)

Posted on: October 31, 2008

Razak Baginda tidak bersalah

Mahkamah Tinggi Shah Alam telah membebaskan Razak Baginda dari tuduhan membunuh Altantuya sebentar tadi.

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Abdul Razak Baginda acquitted
S Pathmawathy | Oct 31, 08 10:00am
The Shah Alam High Court today acquitted political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda of abetting the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu.

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Justice Mohd Zaki Md Yasin ruled that the prosecution has failed to prove a case against Abdul Razak.

razak baginda acquitted 311008 14“I find there is no prima facie case for him to answer his charge. He is therefore acquitted and discharged,” said Mohd Zaki.

Abdul Razak, a close associate of Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak had faced the death penalty by hanging if found guilty of abetting the 2006 murder of his former lover Altantuya, whose body was blown up with explosives in a jungle clearing.

razak baginda acquitted 311008 09In one of the longest hearings in Malaysia’s history, the court spent 151 days hearing testimony from 84 witnesses on whether Abdul Razak and two police officers accused of carrying out the murder should face trial.

The court however ordered chief inspector Azilah Hadri, 32 and corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 37 – from the elite Special Action Force (UTK) which guards the prime minister and deputy prime minister – to enter their defence to the charge of murder.

Both have elected to testify under oath and will take the stand on Nov 10.

The prosecution is expected to file an appeal against Abdul Razak’s acquittal.

razak baginda acquitted 311008 10Deputy public prosecutor Tun Majid Tun Hamzah said the decision could be contested.

“We will consider appealing the decision. The battle is not over yet,” he said.

On hearing that he could walk free, Abdul Razak, 48, hugged his wife and daughter from the dock while his elderly parents sat crying in the court.

“I just want to go home,” he said as he was escorted out through a huge media scrum at about 10.10am.

Altantuya’s father distraught over decision

Altantuya’s father Setev Shaariibuu, who has repeatedly criticised the handling of the case, was left distraught by the decision.

razak baginda acquitted 311008 07“I am not satisfied. My daughter knows only one Malaysian and it is Razak Baginda. Now my daughter is dead and Baginda is freed… the country has lost credibility in the (eyes of the) world,” he told reporters.

Karpal Singh, who represents the Altantuya’s family, said that based on the evidence Abdul Razak should have been called to defend himself against the accusations.

“They should not have acquitted him at this stage of the trial,” he said.

Najib, who is expected to be appointed premier next March when Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi stands down, has vehemently denied any involvement in the case.

razak baginda acquitted 311008 13Top blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin has repeatedly linked Najib and his wife to the murder on his popular website Malaysia Today. Raja Petra was detained since last month under the tough security law for insulting Islam.

Abdullah last month defended his deputy over new allegations that Najib interfered in the case, after Malaysia Today published an SMS text message exchange purportedly between the deputy premier and Abdul Razak’s lawyer.

razak baginda acquitted 311008 06Altantuya, the mother of two sons aged four and 10, was allegedly shot before her body was blown up with explosives two years ago.

Azilah and Sirul are jointly charged with murdering Altantuya, 28, at a location between Lot 12843 and Lot 16735 in Mukim Bukit Raja, Selangor between 10am on Oct 19, 2006 and 1am the following day.

Abdul Razak was charged with abetting them. He is a known confidante of Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, having worked on government arms procurement projects while the latter was defence minister.

Anwar wishes Abdul Razak well

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, during the lunch break in his sodomy trial case, said that he wished Abdul Razak well.

the altantuya trial fact box 050607“At the personal and family level, I wish Razak well. He is now back with the family, but the issue here revolves around the court procedure and the investigation (into the murder).

“There is growing perception that the investigation was not done professionally. There is a clear motive to cover up (the murder), a lot of evidence was not adduced.

“The prosecution has failed to conduct the case professionally from the beginning, changes were (also) made to the court and the judge.

“Now that there is more allegations involving DPM Najib – the SMSes and (other) evidence the public has raised a number of times – this case clearly is bigger (than just Abdul Razak).”

Anwar himself faces trial over sodomy allegations, which he says have been concocted by leading figures in the government because they fear he could use information on the Altantuya case to bring about their downfall.

Mahkamah bebaskan Razak Baginda
Oct 31, 08 10:12am

Mahkamah Tinggi Shah Alam hari ini membebaskan penganalisa politik Abdul Razak Baginda daripada tuduhan bersubahat membunuh wanita Mongolia, Altantuya Shaariibuu.

razak baginda acquitted 311008 10Bagaimanapun, dua anggota polis daripada Unit Tindakan Khas, Cif Inspektor Azilah Hadri, 32, dan Koperal Sirul Azhar Umar, 36, yang dituduh membunuh Altantuya, diperintah membela diri.

Azilah dan Sirul Azhar dituduh membunuh Altantuya, 28, di lokasi antara Lot 12843 dan 16735, Mukim Bukit Raja, di Shah Alam antara jam 10 malam 19 Oktober dan 1 pagi 20 Oktober tahun lalu.

Abdul Razak, pengarah eksekutif Pusat Penyelidikan Strategik Malaysia, pula dituduh bersubahat dengan mereka di Wilayah Persekutuan antara jam 9.54 pagi 18 Oktober dan 9.45 malam 19 Oktober tahun 2006.

Mahkamah menetapkan 10 November ini untuk Azilah dan Sirul Azhar membela diri. Kedua-duanya memilih untuk memberi keterangan secara bersumpah.

Mayat Altantuya telah diletupkan dan cebisan daging dan tulangnya ditemui bertaburan di kawasan Puncak Alam.

Dalam keputusannya, Hakim Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yasin berkata pihak pendakwa gagal membuktikan kes prima facie terhadap Abdul Razak, 48.

Pihak pendakwa dijangka memfailkan rayuan terhadap keputusan mahkamah membebaskan Abdul Razak itu.

razak baginda acquitted 311008 06Razak diwakili oleh peguam Wong Kian Kheong. Azilah diwakili peguam Datuk Hazman Ahmad dan J Kuldeep Kumar manakala Sirul diwakili peguam Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin, Hasnal Redzua Merican dan Ahmad Zaidi Zainal.

Pendakwaan pula diwakili Timbalan Pendakwaraya Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah, Noorin Badaruddin, Manoj Kurup dan Hanim Rashid.

Peguam Karpal Singh, Sangeet Kaur Deo dan Ram Karpal Singh pula bertindak peguam pemerhati bagi keluarga Altantuya.

Pihak mendakwa selesai berhujah pada 23 Jun lalu selepas mahkamah mendengar keterangan daripada 84 saksi selam 151 hari.

Abdul Razak yang jelas kelihatan gembira dengan keputusan tersebut, meninggalkan mahkamah dengan ditemani isteri dan anak perempuannya pada kira-kira jam 10.10 pagi.

Beliau bagaimanapun enggan menjawab soalan wartawan yang menunggunya, dan hanya berkata: “Saya mahu pulang ke rumah”.

Sementara itu, Bernama melaporkan Keluarga Abdul Razak dicengkam emosi selepas Zaki memutuskan yang beliau mendapati tiada kes prima facie terhadap pengarah eksekutif Pusat Penyelidikan Strategik Malaysia itu.

“Prima facie” dalam bahasa Latin merujuk kepada kes yang mempunyai bukti yang cukup dan pada kadar minimum yang diperlukan untuk membolehkannya diteruskan dalam proses kehakiman.

Zaki berkata seluruh isi kandungan afidavit Abdul Razak mengandungi kenyataan pembuktian tidak bersalah yang patut diterima dan diberi pertimbangan sewajarnya.

Kenyataan pembuktian tidak bersalah ialah kenyataan yang dibuat oleh defendan atau tertuduh yang cenderung membebaskan defendan/tertuduh daripada kesalahan seperti pertuduhan, atau kenyataan yang cenderung memberikan justifikasi atau alasan bagi tindakan atau kehadirannya.

Abdul Razak yang mengenakan kemeja berjalur biru muda, pada awalnya kelihatan seperti tidak percaya dengan apa yang dikatakan oleh hakim namun riak wajahnya bertukar kepada lega dan tersenyum lebar.

Isteri Abdul Razak, Mazlinda Makhzan, anaknya Rowena dan anggota keluarganya menitiskan air mata gembira dan kesemua mereka bergegas memeluk Abdul Razak sebaik sahaja keputusan itu diumumkan.

Abdul Razak enggan memberikan sebarang komen ketika ditanya oleh media mengenai perasaannya berhubung pembebasannya itu. Beliau beredar dari premis mahkamah di tingkat empat bangunan itu melalui tangga belakang.

Sementara Azilah dan Sirul Azhar mempunyai tiga pilihan untuk membela diri iaitu memberi keterangan bersumpah, memberi keterangan dalam kandang tertuduh atau berdiam diri.Kedua-duanya memilih untuk memberi keterangan bersumpah.

Pertimbangan sewajarnya akan diberikan kepada tertuduh yang memilih untuk memberikan keterangan bersumpah, di mana tertuduh boleh diperiksa balas oleh pendakwaan. Keterangan yang diberikan dalam kandang tertuduh pula tidak akan diperiksa balas oleh pendakwaan.

Jika tertuduh memilih berdiam diri, tertuduh akan disabitkan dan dihukum mengikut penalti yang ditetapkan dalam seksyen yang tertuduh didakwa. Dalam kes ini, hukumannya ialah mati mandatori.

Dalam penghakimannya, Zaki menerima kenyataan yang diberikan oleh Azilah dan Sirul Azhar kepada polis sebagai sebahagian keterangan.

Azilah memberikan kenyataan yang mendedahkan lokasi tempat Altantuya ditembak dan mayatnya diletupkan manakala Sirul Azhar mendedahkan kepada polis tempat barangan kemas milik Altantuya disembunyikan.

“Saya berpuas hati bahawa wujud kes prima facie terhadap tertuduh pertama (Azilah) dan tertuduh kedua (Sirul Azhar) untuk menjawab pertuduhan terhadap mereka. Saya dengan ini memutuskan tertuduh pertama dan kedua untuk membela diri,” katanya.

Altantuya, ibu kepada dua anak lelaki masing-masing berusia 4 tahun dan 10 tahun, mendapat latihan sebagai guru dan penterjemah dalam Bahasa Inggeris danBahasa Rusia di National University of Mongolia.

Pembunuhannya digambarkan sebagai amat kejam kerana mayatnya diletupkan dengan bahan letupan. Pakar forensik menemui cebisan dagingnya bertaburan di kawasan di Puncak Alam di Shah Alam.

Kes itu mendapat liputan meluas kerana Altantuya dilaporkan datang ke Malaysia untuk mencari Abdul Razak yang didakwa mempunyai hubungan sulit dengannya.

Mahkamah telah mengambil masa selama 151 hari bermula 4 Jun tahun lepas untuk mendengar keterangan daripada 84 saksi pendakwaan sebelum menangguhkan keputusan itu sehingga hari ini selepas kes pendakwaan ditutup pada 23 Jun lepas.

Hakim Zaki mengambil masa kira-kira 25 minit dari 9.40 pagi untuk menyampaikan penghakimannya. Mahkamah kemudian menangguhkan prosiding kira-kira15 minit bagi memutuskan tarikh bagi Azilah dan Sirul Azhar membela diri.

raja petra to police station on burma doctor sd 040908 04Apabila prosiding disambung semula, Hakim mahu mendengar pembelaan diri oleh tertuduh petang ini tetapi menetapkan 10 November selepas membenarkan permohonan peguam yang mewakili Azilah, Datuk Hazman Ahmad, dan peguam bela Sirul Azhar, Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin.

Hazman memaklumkan kepada mahkamah yang beliau mungkin akan memanggil enam hingga tujuh saksi manakala Kamarul Hisham berkata beliau akan memanggil penulis blog Raja Petra Kamarudin dan memanggil semula penyiasat persendirian P Balasubramaniam untuk memberikan keterangan.

Raja Petra sedang ditahan mengikut Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA). Beliau telah membuat akuan bersumpah mengaitkan seorang ahli politik kanan dan isterinya dalam pembunuhan itu.

Balasubramaniam juga membuat akuan bersumpah serupa tetapi menarik balik akuan itu tiga hari kemudian dalam satu lagi akuan bersumpah.

Mahkamah juga membenar peguam bela Abdul Razak, Wong Kian Kheong untuk bertindak sebagai peguam pemerhati pada perbicaraan peringkat pembelaan.

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