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Razak Baginda grateful for acquittal

KUALA LUMPUR, 31 Oct 2008: Political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda said he was grateful to God for having being acquitted and discharged of abetting the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu by the Shah Alam High Court here today.

“Alhamdulillah (Thank God). I am fasting today, to express my gratitude,” he said when asked by reporters at his home in Taman Setia Jaya, Damansara after returning from Friday prayers.

About 50 reporters waited outside his house since 10.45am today and surrounded the car transporting him before bombarding him with questions. These included his plans, his views on the country’s judicial system and even the food he ate after he was freed by the court.

Abdul Razak, 48, who was in a purple baju Melayu and pelekat sarong, only said he was grateful to God and then went inside his house.

His wife Mazlinda Makhzan and daughter Rowena, who were at home, declined to meet the reporters.

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim conveyed his well wishes to Abdul Razak.

“I am happy with his return to his family. He deserves the court’s decision (to acquit and discharge him),” Anwar said, adding that it was expected, when met at the sessions court here for the hearing of his sodomy case. — Bernama


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