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M'sian court frees cops accused of Mongolian model Altantuya's murder
Publication Date : 23-08-2013
The Malaysian Court of Appeal has overturned the conviction of two officers accused of the murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu.
The panel chaired by Justice Mohamed Apandi Ali allowed the appeal of the two former Special Action Unit personnel members, sparing them from the gallows.
The three-person panel which included Justices Linton Albert and Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat ruled that the cumulative effect of the misdirections by the trial judge had rendered the judgement unsafe.
"Thus with this, we acquit and discharge the two appellants," said Justice Tengku Maimun.
The family and supporters of the accused were seen sighing in relief, and uttering thanks when they heard the judgement, while the appellants remained stoic in the dock.
However, the government can still appeal Friday’s decision at the Federal Court.
In 2009, Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar and Inspector Azilah Hadri were convicted and sentenced to death by the Shah Alam High Court for killing the Mongolian woman at Mukim Bukit Raja, Klang, between 10pm on 19 Oct 2006, and 1am on 20 Oct 2006.
Former political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda Baginda, who was jointly charged with them, was acquitted of by the High Court on 31 Oct 2008, after the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case against him.
Deputy Solicitor General II Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah lead the prosecution, while Sirul and Azilah were represented by Kamarul Hisham and Hazman Ahmad, respectively.