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The prosecution in the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder conviction appeal argued in court today that there was nothing to link then deputy prime minister Najib Abdul Razak to the death of the Mongolian woman.

This is because the first accused, Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, had admitted in his defence testimony that "what he did was on his own", deputy solicitor-general III Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah told the Court of Appeal.

Tun Abdul Majid ( left ), the number five in the Attorney-General's Chambers, admitted that political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, who was acquitted of abetting in the murder, knew Najib.

He also said that DSP Musa Safri was Najib's aide de camp (ADC).

"Just because Abdul Razak knew the then DPM and Musa, and the ADC worked with the DPM, you cannot attribute everything to the DPM.

"There is nothing to link the then-DPM to what Abdul Razak allegedly did, Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE There is no imaginary evidence (showing this)," Tun Abdul Majid said in his submissions.

He was responding to submissions from lawyers for Azilah and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, members of the Special Action Unit of the police force who are seeking acquittal.

Azilah and Sirul Azhar were sentenced to death for murdering the 28-year-old Mongolian at a forest in Puncak Alam, near Shah Alam, between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20, 2006.

Abdul Razak had sought Musa 's help after Altantuya had tried to barge into the political analyst's home in Bukit Damansara several days before her murder.

Following that, Musa sent Azilah to Abdul Razak the next day, and the two met at Abdul Razak's office. There was no mention during the trial or today's proceeding over the Scorpene submarine purchase, a deal in which Altantuya allegedly acted as a translator to Abdul Razak's Perimekar Sdn Bhd.

Yesterday, lawyers for Sirul had said the non-calling of Musa constitutes a dent to the case against their client as it amount to a mistrial.

This follows that the Shah Alam High Court had accepted Abdul Razak's affidavit and had not given the defence lawyers an opportunity to challenge its veracity over the political analyst's reference to Musa in the affidavit. Subsequently, the unchallenged affidavit resulted in the political analyst's acquittal.

'No need for Musa to testify'

Tun Abdul Majid said there is no purpose in calling Musa as a witness as it was only Azilah who met Abdul Razak at the latter's office.

"Furthermore, Azilah had admitted in his defence that what he did was on his own (discretion) or his own budibicara."

"How would Musa be of significance? Hence, it is not necessary for Musa to testify," he said.

The deputy solicitor-general III also asked why should the prosecution call Musa to test Abdul Razak's credibility over what he had stated in the affidavit.

"He (Abdul Razak) is an accused person. Why should we apply to call Musa ( left ) to save Abdul Razak's credibility as he is an accused person?"

"Furthermore, there is testimony from the first witness, P Balasubramaniam, that Azilah and Sirul were the last persons seen with Altantuya on that fateful day when the private investigator handed her over to them (at Abdul Razak's house)," he said.

For the prosecution, Tun Majid said he does not see how this could lead a gap to the prosecution's case as alleged by the defence as it called all witnesses to testify on what actually happened.

When it was pointed out by the three-member bench that there was evidence of text messages sent and calls made by Abdul Razak to Musa, but the defence do not know whether Musa had replied, Tun Majid said it was not necessary as it was not useful evidence.

'Accused could have kept explosives'

On the issue of the explosives used to detonate Altantuya's remains, Tun Abdul Majid said there was no evidence to say the type of explosives used.

There is however evidence that the two accused are trained with various explosives as this had been exposed to them during their training.

"Their superior, Assistant Commissioner Mastor Mohd Ariff, testified that they had undergone training with explosives and know how to handle them.

"There is a possibility, as one of the police witnesses had testified, that the two may have kept the unused explosives as they were not returned," he said.

The submissions by the prosecution and defence ended today. However, Justice Md Apandi Ali, who was leading the three-member bench, deferred judgment to a date to be fixed.

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