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Azilah, Sirul to produce defence tomorrow

KUALA LUMPUR, 14 Jan 2009: Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar who have been accused of murdering Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu, will produce their defence at the Shah Alam High Court tomorrow.

Lawyer Datuk Hazman Ahmad who acted for Azilah will begin the defence case and he confirmed to Bernama that he has prepared seven witnesses while Sirul’s counsel, Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin, said that so far he had no witnesses other than the accused.

On 10 Nov last year, Justice Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yasin gave the defence two months to prepare including to contact and question witnesses they would call to the stand.

Azilah, 32, and Sirul, 36, who are the police’s Special Action Unit operatives, are alleged to have murdered Altantuya, 28, at Mukim Bukit Raja between 10pm on 19 Oct 2006 and 1am the following day.

The court on 31 Oct last year acquitted and discharged political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda, 48, of abetting them without calling him to enter defence.


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