Abdul Razak Baginda acquitted
S Pathmawathy | Oct 31, 08 10:00am
The Shah Alam High Court today acquitted political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda of abetting the alleged murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu.
Justice Mohd Zaki Md Yasin ruled that the prosecution failed to prove a prima facie case against Abdul Razak.
The court however ordered Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, 32 and Corporal Sirul Azha Umar, 37, who are members of the Special Action Force (UTK), to enter their defence to the charge of murder.
Both decided to testify under oath. They will be taking the stand on Nov 10.
The prosecution is expected to file an appeal against Abdul Razak’s acquittal.
Altantuya was allegedly shot before her body was blown up with explosives two years ago.
Azilah and Sirul are jointly charged with murdering Altantuya, 28, at a location between Lot 12843 and Lot 16735 in Mukim Bukit Raja, Selangor between 10am on Oct 19, 2006 and 1am the following day.
Abdul Razak Baginda, 47, was charged with abetting them. He is a known confidante of Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, having worked on government arms procurement projects while the latter was defence minister.
The prosecution closed its case against the trio on June 23 after 151 days of testimony from 84 witnesses.
An elated Abdul Razak left the court with his wife and daughter at about 10.10am.
Refusing to address the journalists who cornered him, Abdul Razak merely said: “I just want to go home”.
Why I am not surprised? The outcome of this case, already predicted by many before the court reached its verdict. Sceptics couldn’t help but to think that the whole thing is nothing but a well written script, with spoilers for each episodes and ending easily available for ‘early screening’.
It is just like watching a superhero movie, where against all odds, however fancy the plot and the twists you know in the end good will prevail, the hero will save the day, and all live happily every after. I guess that’s why I was not a big fan of Ultraman when I was a kid. Same story, everytime. Monster(s) invades earth, hero becomes Ultraman, Ultraman fights monster(s), Ultraman losing the battle, nearly dying and it looks gloomy for earth (in this case Japan) and the monster is set to haunt this beautiful santuary for humans (or Japanese), Ultraman beaten badly, lying on the ground, face in dirts, then suddenly..jeng jeng jeng.. red light on chest beeping.. beep beep beep.., Ultraman suddenly become so energetic, starts to chop chop monster, doing that ridiculous hand crossing stance and beaming ‘light’ against the monster, monster exploded in pieces, Ultraman flys back to his place just in time.. so he saves the day, yet again! Boring……..
Back to the drama case,
1) So it is not Razak Baginda ordering the killing of Altantuya, then these two ‘faceless’ UTK acted on their own? Very unlikely, taking into account their nature of work – in their line of work, they follow orders, specific instructions. Who ordered the ‘job’ then? He/she is still out there?
2) This give even more credence to the leaked sms between Najib Tun Razak and the defense counsel. He never deny the existence of sms-es sent between him and Shafee. One of the text messages allegedly sent by Najib said that Razak “will face a tentative charge but all is not lost.” This message raises a lot of questions about Najib’s role in this case. Why did he mention ‘tentative’ charge and that ‘all is not lost’ for Razak Baginda? How would Najib know this before Razak was charged? Is there already a deal in place that will see Razak aquitted?
3) Any of you ever see faces of the other two suspects? Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri and Corporal Sirul Azha Umar, they never fail to cover their face throughout the court proceedings, I think none of us ever see their faces. Not sure when they were in court, whether people attending the sessions saw their faces or not. But, why the secrecy?? Special treatment? Heck if they catch any mat gians (drug addicts) from the alleys and replace the two suspects, we never know, right?
The whole thing is a joke. Malaysia courtroom dramas, definitely on par or better than John Grisham’s bestsellers. Someone should start compiling the cases, added in bit of fictions (tiru macam Dan Brown la!) and he/she will put John Grisham out of business, for sure. Wanna bet?
Song for today, best to describe this latest news is – Pretty Woman. Just change the part pretty woman to ‘murderers’. So it goes.. ‘Murderers.. walking down the street…’, you get me?
ps: So much for judiciary reform, Pak Lah!