THE Shah Alam High Court has ordered the Government and three others to pay RM5 mil in damages to Mongolian model Altantuya Shariibuu who was murdered in 2006.
Justice Datuk Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera made the ruling during an online proceeding today (Dec 16) after finding that Altantuya’s family had successfully proved their claim on the balance of probability against the Government, political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda and former members of the Special Actions Unit (UTK) Sirul Azhar Umar and Azilah Hadri.
His verdict in favour of the family comes 15 years after the civil action was filed in 2007.
Altantuya’s father Dr Shaariibuu Setev, her mother Altantsetseg Sanjaa, and the deceased’s two sons, Mungunshagai Bayarjargal and Altanshagai Munkhtulga, filed the lawsuit on June 4, 2007, are suing for RM100 mil.
They claim that the model’s death resulted in them suffering mental shock and psychological trauma, and sought compensation as well as exemplary and aggravated damages.
Altantuya was murdered in Oct 2006 in Puncak Alam and her remains were later blown up with military-grade explosives.
A separate criminal court convicted Azilah and Sirul of the murder and sentenced them to death in April 2009.
Razak, a former aide to then deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, was charged with abetting the duo, but was later acquitted without his defence being called. – Dec 16, 2022