Altantuya killers’ appeals postponed due to Hari Raya
PUTRAJAYA, July 6 — The two former police Special Action Squad commandos sentenced to death for the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu had their appeal rescheduled to October 31 and November 1.
Court of Appeal deputy registrar N. Kanageswari fixed the new dates following an application by Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri’s lawyer J. Kuldeep Kumar to vacate the initial hearing dates, which were on August 27 and August 28.
Azilah’s lawyers had applied for the adjournment due to the unsuitability of the dates falling right after Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
Kuldeep said he and co-counsel Datuk Hazman Ahmad also needed more time to prepare for the appeal as there were 65 volumes of appeal records.
Hari Raya Adifiltri is expected to fall on August 19 and 20.
Meanwhile, Azilah may also include additional grounds in his petition of appeal.
On April 30 this year, the Court of Appeal allowed Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar’s to add another six grounds to the existing nine in his petition of appeal.
The case came up for management before Kanageswari today.
Appearing for the prosecution was the Attorney-General’s Chambers’ head of appeals unit, Manoj Kurup, while Nurhidayah Mohd Razali representing Sirul Azhar.
Azilah, 34, and Sirul Azhar, 39, were convicted and sentenced to death by the Shah Alam High Court in 2009 for murdering Altantuya, 28, at Mukim Raja between 9.45 pm on October 18, 2006 and 9.45 pm the following day.
Political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, 50, was also charged with abetting the duo but was acquitted by the High Court on October 31, 2008, on the basis that there was no prima facie case against him. — Bernama