C4 not used in Altantuya’s murder?

SHAH ALAM, 24 June: A Federal Court here today heard that the explosives used to murder Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu were not of ‘C4’.

According to the Malaysiakini report, Deputy Public Prosecutor Manoj Kurup, who assisted Abdul Majid, said the substances found at the crime scene were of pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) and Research Department explosives (RDX).

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Asked why the Court of the Appeal judgment used the word “C4”, Tun Abdul Majid replied: “They (judges) didn’t read the records, they read the newspapers”.

Tun Abdul Majid blamed the media for widely reporting that the explosives used to murder Altantuya was C4.

“We never said the explosives used were C4, but from day one, they have been saying C4,” he said.

Abdul Majid said that the UTK (special action unit) never used C4, but the accused may have used any form of explosives as a result of their training.

The hearing was carried out on the appeal against the acquittal of Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar for the murder of the Mongolian woman.

The Court of Appeal, on August 23, 2013, acquitted Azilah and Sirul Azhar of the charge of murdering Altantuya after unanimously allowing their appeal and amending the death sentence decided by the Shah Alam High Court in 2009.

They were found guilty of murdering Altantuya, 28, at Mukim Bukit Raja in Shah Alam between 10.00 pm on October 19 and 1.00 am on October 20, 2006, and it was believed that they used C4 explosives.

Altantuya’s murder is linked with the scandal of purchasing Scorpene submarines by the Malaysian Government from France, involving a commission of over RM500 million.

NS

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