APRIL 9 — Why. That is the start of many questions that have yet to be answered in the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder trial.
The Shah Alam High Court today convicted two policemen for her October 2006 death. We now know the who, when, what, where and how of the entire murder. Inspector Azilah Hadri and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar have a right to appeal the sentence which carries the mandatory death penalty.
The trial has ended but we still don't know the whys.
Why did the prosecution or defence not call the police aide to Datuk Seri Najib Razak who recommended the policemen to political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda?
That was the tenuous link the opposition have picked on to link the prime minister to the killing. There have been wild allegations that have even appeared in newspapers across the world, including statutory declarations and cautioned statements, that have haunted Najib since the beginning of the sensational case.
Why did Altantuya hound Abdul Razak? That she even risked coming to this country to meet him but to no avail.
Why didn't he just lodge a report for harassment? But went and asked a favour from a friend in the police force.
Why did the policemen commit the crime? She was an interpreter in a country far from home and surely no threat to anyone but she died a horrible death. Why?
Why did Abdul Razak's private investigator P. Balasubramaniam disappear after filing two statutory declarations that contradict each other? And why is he still missing?
All we know is that she is dead and two people have been convicted of her murder.
We also know the trial has broken records such as being the most number of days for hearing at 159 and the most number of witnesses at 84 during the prosecution case and just two during the defence stage.
And according to police records, Azilah has been detained in prison for 891 days and Sirul, for 895 days.
But in none of those days or from among the witnesses and the accused have any of these questions been asked and answered.
And that is really what it is about, why did Altantuya have to die?
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