07 August 2007

04/08: Open Letter to all Staff of the Attorney General’s Chambers

Malaysia Today


Selamat pagi to all the Public Persecutors and some Public Prosecutors at the AG’s Chambers. We are happy to note that at least some people in the AG’s Chambers still have some sense of decency.

According to news reports, deputy public prosecutor Sallehuddin Saidin has submitted his papers for optional retirement. The prosecution division head in the chambers, Datuk Yusof Zainal Abiden, is planning to resign or has already resigned. The NST says at least two more resignations were expected to follow Yusof’s. The right thing to do would be for all the staff at the AG’s Chambers to resign immediately.

While these people are resigning, DPPs Tun Abd Majid Tun Hamzah and Manoj Kurup will most likely get promotions and be sitting above those of you who do not want to have anything to do with the cover up and the intentional mishandling of the Altantuya murder case.

As you all are aware, the problem is not dissatisfaction with working conditions in the chambers or favouritism. Everyone knows that the main reason is because of the way the Altantuya Shaariibuu case has been handled.

Salehuddin and DPP Noorin Badaruddin led the prosecution team in the case of the murder of the Mongolian model. But you all know that Salehuddin refused to ‘play ball’ with Ghani Patail on how to ‘handle’ the case. So Salehuddin was unceremoniously replaced and Ghani Patail threw the unkind accusation against Salehuddin that Salehuddin had been seen playing badminton with trial judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yasin and that it would attract “negative perception of the integrity of the chambers, the court and the fair conduct of the trial”. (This is as per NST lah!)

Members of the AG’s Chambers, you all know that this is just baloney. If anyone should resign it is the AG Ghani Patail who should do so -- and maybe also the Judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yassin because the Judge was seen visiting the AG’s house one night after the Altantuya trial had started. There are eyewitness accounts. Ask Ghani Patail to remember carefully who else were there that night and who observed the Judge coming to his house. The problem is people talk all the time.

The Altantuya case represents the nail in the coffin for the integrity, professionalism and honesty of the AG’s Chambers. The way the investigation has been conducted by the Police is stupid and comical. But what is even more mind-boggling is that the Public Prosecutor’s office (that is you people lah) have accepted the half-baked and bungled up investigation done by the police and you have presented it all as evidence in a Court of Law.

It is obvious that you have intentionally filed charges against the three accused just to create a sham out of this trial. Even Mak Cik Jah in Arau who reads the Utusan Malaysia version of the trial knows that the three accused are going to walk. And once again the real murderers will walk scot-free. So all of you at the AG’s Chambers can congratulate yourselves on the fact that you have done another great job. You can go home and tell your wife, husband and kids how you are fighting for and upholding justice in this country.

You can tell them how the AG’s Chambers are experts at charging the wrong guy, looking the other way, or making a mockery out of trials. You did it before in the Norita Shamsudin murder case where you charged a scapegoat fellow by the name of Hanif. The charges could never stick. Naturally, Hanif walked. Naturally, the real murderers are still at large.

What do you get when you behave so cheaply like this? Is it really worth it? After your years of legal training and years of service, this is what you have become? Well, congratulations to you all.

In this Altantuya case the so-called confession by Sirul Azhar has been thrown out by the Court. Large parts of the evidence about Sirul Azhar taking the police to the murder scene have also been thrown out. Do you know what this means? It means the police knew how to find their own way to the murder scene!

As members of the AG’s Chambers you also know that the police forensics team discovered the remains and bone fragments of eight other human beings at the murder scene. That is why two days after supposedly finishing investigations at the murder scene, almost the entire forensics team of the police department rushed to the murder scene again. This was reported in the Press. The reason is because their lab work had shown that there were also human remains from other human beings at the murder scene.

This also explains how the police were able to find their way to the murder scene without Sirul Azhar’s help. They knew exactly where to go. Razak Baginda’s Affidavit that was filed in court says that Azilah told him he had killed six other people before the Altantuya murder.

The police have testified that the UTK do not use C4. You must have known this before the case went to court. You know that C4 is used by MINDEF and not by the Police. So why do you press charges against a policeman alleging the use of C4? Bodoh ke? But this is a sham trial. This is to make sure that the accused will walk scot-free.

The policewoman testified that Altantuya got out of her car and went into a green Vitara (CAC 1883) driven by a mysterious man wearing a green cap. That man or the car has never been traced until today. You all know that this alone absolves all three accused of the murder. Who is the man in the green Vitara?

The police say they cannot trace the green Vitara. They must be joking. But it is a stupid joke, meant to entertain brainless prosecutors at the AG’s Chambers. Yet you present this type of ‘evidence’ as Prosecutors. Maybe you should just advise the lawyers representing the three accused to pack up and go home. There is no more need for defence lawyers. The AG’s Chambers is doing a superb job messing up the prosecution. All three accused will walk.

You have presented some videotape recordings from the Hotel Malaya. You show pictures of two Malay men hanging around the hotel. Yet the police say these two men cannot be identified. Another joke? This is the type of evidence that you present.

At each and every step of this case, the Prosecutors from the AG’s Chambers somehow manage to create just enough doubt that there were other people involved in the murder -- sufficient doubt to make the three accused walk free.

The public knows about the cover up that is going on. And the Internet spreads the news instantly far and wide. That is why the Government is so keen on clamping down on the Internet.

Lu orang langsung tak ada malu ke? If you can sink so low in your professional conduct, the next thing for you to do is to ply your skills in Jalan Alor near Bukit Bintang, in Johor Baru or maybe at the Bakun Dam construction site in Sarawak (the latest attraction in this great nation of ours). Also, jangan lupa, gaji awak semua tu haram. Rezeki tak halal brader. Esok kalau anak jatuh sakit ke, husband lari ke, bini curiga ke tak payahlah fikir panjang-panjang. Bala Tuhan itu pantas. Hari itu kan kereta sudah terbalik!

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