The Court of Appeal today freed Special Action unit officers, Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, of the charge of murdering Mongolian translator Altantuya Shaariibuu.

This follows the court in a unanimous decision to allow the duo's appeal in the sensational case.

However, the prosecution will have the opportunity to appeal at the Federal Court - the country's highest court.

Justice Md Apandi Ali is leading the three-member bench. However, the judgment was read by justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat who ruled there was serious misdirection by the High Court judge.
altantuya trial 160707 azilahThe misdirection included the non-calling of DSP Musa Safri, and the failure to produce the police station's diary which states that Azilah (left) was at Bukit Aman at the material time.
The other judges were justices Linton Albert and Tengku Maimon Tuan Mat.

Shah Alam High Court judge Md Zaki Yassin had on April 2009 convicted the two cops or murder however acquitted political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda of abetting with the murder.

Azilah is represented by Hazman Ahmad and J Kuldeep Kumar, while Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin and Hasnal Rezua Merican appeared for Sirul.

Deputy solicitor-general III Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah led a team of prosecutors that also comprise of DPP's Manoj Kurup and Noorin Badaruddin.

Altantuya was murdered in the forest of Puncak Alam near Shah Alam between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20, 2006.
According to the lawyers, the two accused could be released from Sungai Buloh prison later today.

~ Malaysiakini