Defence says Musa’s absence was key to successful appeal in Altantuya case

Counsel Datuk Hazman Ahmad was all choked up after seeing his client, Azilah Hadri, acquitted of the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu today.

Taking a minute to let the decision sink in, he told reporters that he was glad the Court of Appeal had concurred with the inconsistencies raised by the lawyers.

Hazman, assisted by J Kuldeep Kumar, has represented Azilah from the trial to this appeal.

“We are thankful that the Court of Appeal has heard our argument on our notice of alibi, the inconsistencies in the call logs, the police station diary and the police witnesses’ testimonies in alleging that my client was present at the crime scene,” he said.

"These were our main grounds and the court accepted our appeal on these grounds."

Meanwhile, Sirul Azhar Umar's lawyers, Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin, Hasnal Redzua Merican and Ahmad Zaidi Zainal, were also all smiles.

Kamarul said the court accepted all the contentions raised by the defence at the appeal.

"The judges had accepted that not calling Deputy Superintendent Musa Safri (the prime minister's former aide-de-camp) had left a gap in the prosecution’s case," he said.

“From the prosecution’s records, Musa was central to the role and could have helped explain a lot of things, like motive. This was essential to the prosecution's case."

Kamarul added that he did not want to say more than that as the prosecution will be making appeal.

“Nevertheless, we are satisfied with the outcome today,” he said. - August 23, 2013.



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