The family of deceased Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu is appealing for higher compensation than the RM5mi awarded to them by the Shah Alam High Court in a suit they filed over her death in 2006.
In a notice of appeal filed on Jan 16 this year, Altantuya’s family is cross-appealing against part of the High Court’s decision on the quantum of damages.
On Dec 16 last year, High Court Judge Datuk Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera (now Court of Appeal judge) allowed the suit by Altantuya’s family and ordered former policemen Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar Umar, political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, and the Malaysian Government to jointly pay RM5mil in general, aggravated and exemplary damages to the family.
The judge also awarded interest at 5% per annum of the sum of judgment from the date of the filing of the lawsuit until the full settlement of the amount and legal costs of RM25,000.
On Jan 12 this year, the Malaysian Government and Abdul Razak filed their appeals against the High Court’s decision on liability and quantum.
A case management for the Altantuya family’s appeal was held before Court of Appeal deputy registrar Nadia Mohd Kamal on Wednesday (April 19), who then fixed another case management date on June 13 for parties to update the court relating to the status of the grounds of appeal and notes of proceedings.
The appeals by Abdul Razak and the Government are also fixed for case management on the same day.
When contacted by Bernama, lawyer Simranjit Kaur Chhran representing Altantuya’s family, confirmed the next case management date.
On June 4, 2007, Altantuya’s parents Dr Shaariibuu and Altantsetseg Sanjaa, as well as their grandson Mungunshagai Bayarjargal, filed a RM100mil suit against Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar, Abdul Razak and the Malaysian Government.
In their statement of claim, Altantuya’s family said the model’s death resulted in them suffering mental shock and psychological trauma and sought compensation as well as exemplary and aggravated damages.
Sirul Azhar is currently being held at an Australian immigration detention centre, and Azilah is on death row at Kajang prison.