Friday, April 10, 2009

A Lawyer I Ain't

Friday April 10, 2009
Cops Azilah and Sirul to hang

Police Special Action Force (UTK) officers C/Insp Azilah Hadri and Kpl Sirul Azhar Umar were ordered to be sent to the gallows by the High Court here yesterday for the murder of Mongolian translator Altantuya Shaariibuu, concluding one to the country's high-profile trials.

Friday April 10, 2009
Karpal: Motive for murder remains unclear

THE suspect or suspects as well as the motive for the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu remain unclear, said lawyer for the Shaariibuu family Karpal Singh.

“I think it is important to establish the motive.

“What motive did the two have? They didn’t even know this woman,” he told reporters yesterday after C/Insp Azilah Hadri, 32, and Kpl Sirul Azhar Umar, 36, were sentenced to death by the High Court.

He said the person who had the motive to kill Altantuya should be implicated and convicted with the two Special Action Force (UTK) officers.

“I think the Mongolian government and Dr Shaariibuu (Setev, Altantuya’s father) will not be satisfied,” he added.

The full text of both excerpts I took are available, naturally in The Star today.

A lawyer I ain't. I did not even take law in my A Levels (those days, it was Higher School Certificate). But does not Karpal Singh make sense? Without establishing a motive, how can a murder take place? It would not be a murder otherwise. Somebody can be killed. But it would not be murder. Can somebody enlighten me out on this?

Definitions of murder on the Web:
*kill intentionally and with premeditation; "The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered"
*mangle: alter so as to make unrecognizable; "The tourists murdered the French language"
*unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being

"The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered" Who is the mafia boss in this case of the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu?

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