PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Razak should not be linked to Altantuya Shaariibuu’s murder merely because his aide-de-camp knew the accused, the Court of Appeal was told yesterday.
Deputy public prosecutor Datuk Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah said political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda had stated how he met DSP Musa Safri.
However, just because Razak also knew Najib, he said, one could not make an accusation or attribute anything “whatsoever to the then deputy prime minister (DPM)”.
“A person is charged in court based on real evidence and not based on imaginary evidence. And, there is nothing to link the then DPM to what the appellants or Razak did,” he added.
The appeal was heard by Justices Datuk Seri Mohamed Apandi Ali, Datuk Linton Albert and Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat.
Abdul Majid said this in reply to a submission by Sirul Azhar Umar who argued that the prosecution’s failure to summon Musa to verify an affidavit by Razak was grounds for a mistrial.
The former police special action unit personnel, along with former chief inspector Azilah Hadri, was found guilty and sentenced to death in 2009 for killing Altantuya, then 28, at Mukim Bukit Raja in Shah Alam between 10pm on Oct 19, 2006 and 1am on Oct 20, 2006.
Sirul’s counsel Kamarul Hisham Kamarudin on Monday described Musa as an “important witness” as he was the only person who could verify Razak’s affidavit.
Razak in his 2008 affidavit detailed how he met Altantuya in 2004, where they had an affair which lasted for a year.
The Mongolian then allegedly harassed Razak, forcing the latter to seek help from the police.
Abdul Majid also pointed out that Musa was not present when Sirul met with Razak and therefore, Musa would not know what had transpired.
“Hence, there is no relevance to call him,” he said. — By Sean Augustin
This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on June 26, 2013.