Alibi? (1) July 11, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics, Southeast Asia.
Didn’t see this news on Malaysiakini, which reported on the inadmissibility of Sirul’s confession. Today, it was also put to the judge that Sirul was on office duty during those crucial dates.
Yikes. According to Mr. Grapevine, three weeks ago, two out of the three will have alibis.
So strike 1, and I have to buy dinner.
SHAH ALAM, July 10 (Bernama) — Bukit Aman Special Action Squad (UTK) deputy commander ACP Mastor Mohd Ariff said Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar as on duty at the office on Oct 19 and 20 last year during which Altantuya Shaariibu was murdered.
The 11th prosecution witness in the trial for the Mongolian woman’s murder which entered its 16th day today, also said a UTK personnel assigned to office duty was not supplied with firearm.
Weapon and ammunition would only be issued if the personnel were called for field work, he said when cross-examined by counsel Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin, who represents Sirul Azhar, 35.
Sirul Azhar and Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, 30, both from the UTK, are charged with murdering Altantuya, 28, here between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20 last year. Political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda, 46, is charged with abetting them.
Kamarul Hisham: “They cannot hold weapon unless they receive a specific UTK commander approval.”
Kamarul Hisham: “The weapon is recorded when issued and returned. Are the bullets also recorded?”
On the use of explosives, Mastor said that for training, the team leader would apply for its issue and for the UTK, only one individual was responsible over such training.
“Only DSP M. V. Sri Kumar handles all basic training with explosives and he will make the application for the issue of explosives and anyone under his supervision can make the issue,” he said.
When asked whether Sri Kumar was also responsible over the balance of the material after the exercise, Mastor said: “Yes.”
However, he disagreed when suggested to him that Sri Kumar would collect the balance to be returned to the ordnance store, and said that anyone could do so when ordered by Sri Kumar.