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Razak wanted to put blame solely on Azilah, court told

SHAH ALAM, 8 Sept 2008: Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda wanted to put the blame solely on C/Insp Azilah Hadri so that he could wash his hands off the case, the High Court here heard today.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah, in submissions at the end of the prosecution’s case, said Abdul Razak claimed that he was innocent, had only sought Azilah’s help but never wanted this (Altantuya Shaariibuu’s murder) to happen.

“All these amount to creating or providing evidence that tend to favour himself,” he said.

As to whether Abdul Razak had a relationship with Altantuya and motive to murder her, Tun Abdul Majid said: “Razak did not deny they had a relationship. The fact that Razak had ended his relationship with the deceased and that he did not want to give (money) anymore to put a stop to the blackmail from the Mongolian woman, constituted a motive to want her killed.”

Tun Abdul Majid also said Abdul Razak claimed that he had made known to his family, employees and neighbours the existence of the deceased and her harassment of him.

“By then he could not escape or avoid her nor keep the matter private and confidential any longer," he said.

Azilah, 32, and Cpl Sirul Azhar Umar, 36, both members of the police’s Special Action Squad (UTK), are charged with murdering Altantuya, 28, at Mukim Bukit Raja, Selangor, between 10pm on 19 Oct and 1am the following day.

Abdul Razak, 47, a political analyst, is charged with abetting them.

On Abdul Razak’s claim that he did not know what happened after Azilah came to remove Altantuya from outside his (Abdul Razak’s) home, Tun Abdul Majid said it was an outright lie as the two had maintained contact after Altantuya was said to be killed.

Submitting further, Tun Abdul Majid said the text message sent by Abdul Razak on SMS reading “Ok. They may turn up again” to private investigator P Subramaniam to support his (Abdul Razak’s’) claim that he did not know about Altantuya going missing, was highly questionable.

This was because “they” actually meant private investigators Ang Chong Beng and two Mongolian women who accompanied Altantuya to Malaysia, namely Namiraa Gerelmaa and Uuriintuya Gal-Ochir.

He added that it was ridiculous for Abdul Razak to feign ignorance as he had been actively involved with Azilah prior to and after the murder.

Submissions before Judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yasin continues tomorrow. – Bernama

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