SHAH ALAM, 15 Jan 2009: Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri told the High Court here that higher-ranking police officer DSP Musa Safri had asked him to help political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda.
Musa gave him Razak’s handphone number and told him to contact Razak to get details of the problem and the assistance he required, he said.
“DSP Musa told me that his friend, namely Encik Razak, had a problem because someone had threatened him.
“DSP Musa asked me to see Razak to know more about his problem and introduced me to DSP Idris Abdul Karim. DSP Musa himself did not know Razak’s actual problem,” said Azilah on the first day of his defence today.
Azilah, 32, and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 36, of the police’s Special Action Unit (UTK) are accused of murdering Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu, 28, in Mukim Bukit Raja between 10pm on 19 Oct 2006 and 1am the next day.
On 31 Oct last year, the court acquitted and discharged Razak, 48, of abetting them in Kuala Lumpur between 9.54am on 18 Oct 2006 and 9.45pm the following day, without calling him to enter defence.
During the examination by lawyer Datuk Hazman Ahmad, Azilah said he contacted Razak on 18 Oct 2006 on his handphone and introduced himself, and told him the purpose of the call.
Razak had given him his office address and told him to come see him, he said. When they met, Razak looked stressed and told him about a threat he had received from a Chinese woman and a Chinese man.
“Razak said a Chinese man and a Chinese woman had demanded money but did not say for what reason. Razak said he did not want to submit to the demand of the Chinese man and the Chinese woman.
” Razak let me listen to a voicemail from his phone. I heard the voice of a Chinese man with a Chinese dialect say ‘saya kasi pecah lu punya muka’ (I will break your face),” he said.
He said Razak also told him that because of the threat, he had hired a security guard to guard his house and engaged a private investigator. Razak also told him that the man and woman had also created a disturbance in front of his house in Bukit Damansara.
After listening to the story, Azilah said he suggestion that Razak lodge a police report but Razak refused to do so.
He said Razak had asked him to advise the two people who were threatening him not to create disturbance in front of his house. He also asked for the police to conduct patrols in the area.
“I told Razak if he wanted an MPV to patrol his area, I could ask a friend, namely DSP Idris, to put a police box in front of Razak’s house as a check point for the police on patrol.
“But because this would take a long time, Razak asked me to patrol the area around his home. He also asked me to go to Hotel Malaya to advise the woman because according to Razak, she was staying in Hotel Malaya, room 512,” he said.
Azilah said Razak had supplied him his house address in Bukit Damansara, the Hotel Malaya address and the woman’s handphone number.
After returning from Razak’s office, Azilah said he met Sirul and told him about of his meeting with Razak. He asked Sirul to help him patrol the house.
The two later went to Hotel Malaya to see the woman mentioned by Razak. But they did not meet her.
The hearing before Justice Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yassin continues in the afternoon. — Bernama