PUTRAJAYA: Altantuya Shaariibuu’s family has been given all statements recorded by police from those who assisted in her murder probe 15 years ago, says lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo.
She said the attorney-general’s chambers had sent the documents to her office yesterday, a day before the expiry of the 14-day deadline imposed by the Court of Appeal.
“Hopefully, these documents will assist us to prove the civil claim filed against the government and three others,” she told FMT.
On Sept 30, Attorney-General Idrus Harun said his office would decide whether or not to file an appeal to the Federal Court to obtain a stay on the order to deliver the statements.
On Sept 24, a three-member Court of Appeal bench, chaired by Nor Bee Ariffin, held that the 112 statements were not privileged documents and did not affect public interest.
Nor Bee said that the issue of tampering of witnesses did not arise as the criminal trial was concluded six years ago.
The family sought the statements, which included those recorded from political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda and former policemen Sirul Azhar Umar and Azilah Hadri, the other defendants in the ongoing civil proceedings.
In the suit, Altantuya’s father Setev, his wife, Altantsetseg Sanjaa, and Altantuya’s son Mungunshagai Bayarjargal are seeking RM100 million in damages for criminal conspiracy and as dependency claims.
The Federal Court in 2015 restored the High Court verdict that found Sirul and Azilah responsible for the murder of Altantuya, who was described as an interpreter.
Razak, who was charged with abetment in the murder, was acquitted without his defence being called and the government did not appeal.
Neither Sirul, who is being held at an Australian detention centre, nor Azilah, who is on death row in Kajang Prison, have challenged the suit.
By : V Anbalagan – FMT