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Judical review sought in Razak Baginda case

SHAH ALAM, 24 Dec 2008: Shaarribuu Setev, the father of Mongolian Altantuya Shaarriibuu who was murdered two years ago, is seeking a judicial review of the Public Prosecutor’s decision not to appeal against the acquittal of political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda.

The application was filed at the High Court here through lawyer Karpal Singh at about noon today.

Named as respondents were the Attorney General who is also the Public Prosecutor, and Razak who was acquitted by Justice Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yassin on 31 Oct of abetment in the woman’s murder.

Karpal told reporters at the court lobby that the applicant also sought a mandamus order to compel the Attorney General to apply for an extension of time to appeal against Razak’s acquittal. And thereafter to apply to the Court of Appeal for a warrant directing Razak to be arrested and brought before the court for him to be remanded pending the disposal of the appeal or released on bail.

He said that following judge Zaki’s decision to acquit Razak without calling him to enter defence, the Attorney General had 14 days to file an appeal and the time had expired on 14 Nov.

He said Deputy Public Prosecutor Tun Majid Tun Hamzah had also stated that the prosecution was not appealing.

Karpal said he would ask for an early date for the application to be heard. — Bernama


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