SHAH ALAM, Malaysia - A Malaysian political analyst ordered the
killing of his former Mongolian lover, a prosecutor said in his opening
statements at a politically charged murder trial on Monday.
Abdul Razak Baginda, 47, is charged with abetting the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu, 28, in a slaying that stunned Malaysia.
Lead prosecutor Tun Majid Tun Hamzah told the High Court that Abdul
Razak abetted two accused police officers "in planning and giving
instructions so that the deceased is killed."
Tun Majid said the policemen, Azilah Hadri, 30, and Sirul Azhar
Umar, 35, "carried out the killing," and told the court a confession
from Sirul would be among the evidence presented.
He said Altantuya had written a note to Abdul Razak in which she threatened his child if he refused to help her financially.
Prosecutors also intend to prove that a car owned by Azilah was
used to take Altantuya to the murder scene in Shah Alam district
southwest of the capital Kuala Lumpur, Tun Majid said.
"The prosecution will prove the cause of death was 'probable
blast-related injuries' as is proven in a medical report by
pathologists," he said.
A pair of blood-stained slippers were found in a car belonging to
Sirul, and DNA testing confirmed the blood was from Altantuya, he said.
All three accused face the death penalty if convicted.