Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Court sets March 24 for case management of suit by Altantuya’s family

The Shah Alam High Court today fixed March 24 for case management of the civil suit brought by the family of deceased Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu against the Malaysian government and three others. Deputy registrar Norhayati Johar fixed the date in chambers when the case came up for mention today. Lawyer Ram Karpal Singh, who is representing the plaintiffs, when met by reporters, said the date was fixed pending response from Wisma Putra on whether the documents on the application to amend the statement of claim had been served on Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, one of the defendants named, who is now in Australia. "If there is no reply from Wisma Putra, we will use different procedure to serve the documents on Sirul Azhar, but the application to amend the charges has to be served on Sirul Azhar first," he added. Altantuya's parents, Shaariibuu Setev and Altantsetseg Sanjaa, and her two sons, Mungunshagai Bayarjargal and Altanshagai Munkhtulga, filed the suit on June 4, 2007. They named Special Action Unit officers Azilah and Sirul Azhar, political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda and the Malaysian government as defendants. Abdul Razak was charged with conspiring with Azilah and Sirul Azhar to kill Altantuya, 28, in 2006. He was acquitted of the charge in October 2008 without having to enter his defence, while Azilah and Sirul Azhar were found guilty in 2009. On August 23, 2013, the Court of Appeal allowed Azilah and Sirul Azhar's appeal and acquitted them of the charge. But on January 13, 2015, the Federal Court allowed the prosecution's appeal and set aside the Court of Appeal's decision. It found Sirul Azhar and Azilah guilty and sentenced them to death by hanging. Altantuya's family in their statement of claim, alleged that her death had caused them mental and psychological trauma. They alleged that Abdul Razak conspired with the two police officers to kill Altantuya. They further alleged that Altantuya was shot dead and her remains blown up with a C-4 explosive by Azilah and Sirul Azhar into pieces at a jungle at Puncak Alam, Shah Alam, on November 7, 2006. The plaintiffs, among others, claimed that as a result of Azilah, Sirul Azhar and Abdul Razak's action, they suffered anguish, particularly Altantuya's sons, who had lost their beloved mother and breadwinner. – Bernama, February 24, 2016.]]>

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