I took samples of Razak Baginda’s handwriting, cop tells hearing

Political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda gave samples of his handwriting to police, the Shah Alam High Court heard. (Facebook pic)

SHAH ALAM: A police officer told the High Court here today he took samples of handwriting from political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda on two consecutive days in 2006.

ASP Ahmad Abu Bakar, 47, who was testifying in a RM100 million civil suit filed by the family of Altantuya Shaariibuu, the Mongolian model who was murdered in 2006, said he obtained samples of Razak’s handwriting on Nov 14 and 15 that year.

Ahmad, who is now with the Bukit Aman Integrity and Standard Compliance Department’s Case Study division, said he was instructed to do so by then deputy staff officer Gan Tack Guan at 3pm on Nov 14.

He said he obtained the samples from Razak at the interrogation room at Bukit Aman.

Asked by Altantuya’s family lawyer, Harshaan Zamani, what happened after he was given the instruction, Ahmad said he went to see an officer, Zainuddin, and received a fax with handwriting on it confiscated by another officer, Zulkarnain.

Harshaan: What happened after you were shown the copy of the fax?

Ahmad: Zulkarnain rewrote part of the copy containing the name ‘Abdullah’, house address, Hotel Malaya Jalan Hang Lekir and the name ‘Amina’.

“After that, I went to see Razak on the same day in the interrogation room to obtain the samples of his handwriting,” he said.

Harshaan: How did you instruct Razak while taking samples of his handwriting? Was there only one copy or several copies?

Ahmad: I met Razak and told him my purpose. He agreed. I read the words written by Zainuddin and Razak then wrote them on an A4 size paper. There were five copies each, on both sides of the paper.

Harshaan: Did you take all 10 copies?

Ahmad: Yes. I also asked Razak to sign a piece of paper in front of me and on each of those copies.

Ahmad said he handed over the handwriting samples to investigating officer Tony Lunggan two days later.

Ahmad was the 10th witness to testify in the trial hearing the suit brought by Altantuya’s father, Dr Shaariibuu Setev, his wife Altantsetseg Sanjaa and their two grandsons, Mungunshagai Bayarjargal and Altanshagai Munkhtulga, on June 4, 2007.

They named former policemen Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar Umar, Razak and the Malaysian government as defendants.

However, Altanshagai’s name was removed as plaintiff following his death two years ago.

Earlier, the court heard the application from plaintiffs’ lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo to obtain documents relating to Altantuya’s murder trial.

The plaintiffs, among others, requested copies of all statements taken by the police during the investigation of the case.

They included statements by those who were not prosecution witnesses; copies of the original exhibits submitted by the prosecution; details of identity card numbers; and the names and addresses of the parties investigated whether they were called as prosecution witnesses or otherwise and/or offered to the defence.

They also requested copies of all statements, either in writing or recording, taken by the police during the investigation and prosecution of the first, second and third defendants.

The hearing before judge Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera continues tomorrow.

Vazeer also set Thursday for the decision on the application.