The convicted killer claimed there was suppression of evidence and material facts during the proceedings at the High Court and Court of Appeal.
- Put off making a SD in early 2018 for fear it will be misused by certain parties during GE14
- Was given an assurance that any matter arising would be sorted out by the DPM as long as he did not involve Najib’s good name
- Was confident he would not be charged in court and would be protected from any issues arising from the operation
- Disclosed the facts because he feels betrayed and to express the truth on what happened
- Revealed that the investigating team discovered the involvement of the DPM in the case
- Seeks forgiveness from Altantuya’s family
Azilah Hadri also explained the delay in making an application for a review of his case, Malaysiakini reported.
In early 2018, Azilah said, he had planned to make a SD but decided to put it off for fear of it being misused by certain parties as the 14th general election was approaching.
“My purpose for disclosing the evidence and material facts (of this case) is not only because I feel I have been betrayed by interested parties but also to express the truth on what happened in the murder of Altantuya,” he was quoted as saying.
“I also hope that my colleagues in the UTK and the police force will be careful in executing orders so that the issue of betrayal and being made a scapegoat will not recur.”
In outlining the course of events in the shocking SD dated October 17 this year, the former police officer said he met Najib in Pekan on October 17, 2006, and the latter had asked him to “kill an international spy”. This was repeated by Razak Baginda at his office in Kuala Lumpur the following day.
According to his SD, Azilah claimed Razak Baginda also asked him during this meeting if he remembered a woman he (Razak Baginda) and the DPM (Najib) met at the lobby of a condominium in London.
Azilah claimed that when he saw the woman outside Razak Baginda’s residence in Bukit Damansara later, he remembered meeting her with Razak Baginda and Najib at the London condominium.
Najib has repeatedly maintained that he had never met Altantuya and even swore this in a mosque.
Azilah also claimed he was “instructed, informed and believed” that the order for the covert operation came directly from the DPM and through his aide-de-camp at that time, DSP Musa Safri.
He said in his affidavit that there was no personal motive or reason for killing Altantuya, but both Najib and Musa said the operation was “imperative for national security”.
“After the operation was carried out, I was given an assurance by Musa that any matter arising would be sorted out by the DPM as long as I did not involve his (Najib’s) good name.
“I was confident that I will be assisted by the DPM by all means, including that I would not be charged in court and will be protected from any issues arising from the operation,” Azilah added in his affidavit.
Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar Umar arrived at court during their trial.
During police investigations, Azilah said the investigating team discovered the involvement of the DPM in the case, but he denied the information came from him. He believed that information was provided by Sirul.
Azilah said after the Federal Court in 2015 reinstated the decision of the High Court – which the Court of Appeal had two years earlier dismissed and freed both Azilah and Sirul – he called Musa but was told to be patient.
“I told Musa: ‘Kalau macam ini baik saya bongkar and beritahu semua.’ (If this is the case, I might as well spill and tell everything).”
Azilah said he also delayed his application for a pardon from the Selangor sultan so that the process of his execution would be postponed as well.
He also apologised for his involvement in the operation, which resulted in the loss of an innocent life.
“I humbly seek forgiveness from Altantuya’s family on what happened as I had no choice at the time, other than to follow orders,” he added.