Razak Baginda Admitted Having
a Love-Affair with Altantuya
"I Fall to Pieces"
Political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda was acquitted by the High Court here of abetting in the gruesome murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu.
Razak, 48, had faced the death penalty if he had been convicted of abetting in the killing of Altantuya, with whom he had an eight-month affair.He has acknowledged having the affair. The prosecution had argued he ordered her killing after she pestered him for money.
The court's decision will certainly arouse even more controversy because of Razak's ties to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
High Court judge Datuk Mohamad Zaki Md Yasin said the prosecution had failed to establish a case against Razak.
Altantuya's father Setev Shaariibuu was distraught with the decision,
Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, 32, and Corporal Sirul Azha Umar, 37, who are members of the police Special Action Force (UTK), were, however, ordered to enter their defence to the charge of murder.Azilah and Sirul are jointly charged with murdering Altantuya, 28, at a location in Mukim Bukit Raja, Selangor between 10am on Oct 19, 2006 and 1am the following day.Razak was charged with abetting them.
"I am not satisfied.My daughter knows only one Malaysian and it is Razak Baginda. Now my daughter is dead and Baginda is freed.
The country has lost credibility."
The prosecution is expected to file an appeal against Razak's acquittal.
Najib has consistently denied any involvement in the case or that he even knew the victim but he has spent the past two years finding it hard to shrug off the non-stop allegations made against him by his opponents. Read here for more
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