June 11 hearing for death row appeal in Altantuya murder

PUTRAJAYA (Dec 14, 2012): The Court of Appeal here today set three days beginning June 11 next year to hear the appeal of two former Special Action Unit personnel on death row for the murder of a Mongolian woman, Altantuya Shaariibuu in 2006.

Deputy Registrar Darma Fikri Abu Adam set the date when the case was brought up for case management today.

Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 39, and Chief Insp Azilah Hadri, 34, were represented by counsel Kitson Foong and counsel J. Kuldeep Kumar respectively, while the prosecution, by Deputy Public Prosecutor Manoj Kurup.

Kitson told reporters that the appellants had applied for extended time to peruse relevant documents, and that Sirul would raise more than 20 issues during the proceedings.

The duo were convicted and sentenced to death by the Shah Alam High Court in 2009 for killing Altantuya, 28, at Mukim Bukit Raja in Klang near here between 10pm on Oct 19, 2006 and 1am on Oct 20, 2006.

Former political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, 50, who was jointly charged with them was acquitted by the High Court on Oct 31, 2008 after the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case against him. – Bernama