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MALAYSIA: COURT REJECTS ALTANTUYA’S FAMILY BID TO USE FEDERAL COURT CRIMINAL VERDICT IN CIVIL SUIT

KUALA LUMPUR, The Shah Alam High Court here rejected the application filed by Dr Shaariibuu Setev and his family to use the Federal Court criminal verdict over his daughter, Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu’s murder, in their RM100 million civil suit.

Lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo representing Shaariibuu, when met by reporters said the High Court judge Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera made the ruling in chambers based on Section 43 of the Evidence Act 1950, which states that criminal convictions cannot be used in civil proceedings.

“Section 43 (of the Evidence Act 1950) does not allow the use of criminal convictions in civil cases,” she said after the case management proceeding today.

Sangeet Kaur said she would file an appeal over the decision this week, adding that the trial for the RM100 million suit had been fixed for January next year.

She also opined that it was time for the Attorney-General’s Chambers to consider an amendment to Section 43 of the Evidence Act as what had been done by developed countries such as the United Kingdom.

Sangeet said Altantuya’s family will file an appeal tomorrow (Tuesday), adding that the trial for the RM100 million suit would begin in January next year.

The family filed the suit in 2007 against the government, police officers Sirul Azhar Umar and Azilah Hadri, who were convicted of her murder, and political analyst Razak Baginda.

The Federal Court in January 2015 found Azilah and Sirul guilty of murdering Altantuya and sentenced them to death by hanging.

Source: NAM News Network

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