Bone fragments collected from mortuary

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KUALA LUMPUR: The bone fragments of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu were collected from the Kuala Lumpur General Hospital mortuary yesterday by the honorary consul of Mongolia in Malaysia, Datuk Syed Abdul Rahman Al Habshi and Oyu Vasha, the second secretary to the Embassy of Mongolia in Thailand.

Both arrived at the mortuary at 3.45 pm yesterday and left 40 minutes later empty handed. They returned at 5.25 pm and half an hour later emerged from the mortuary’s office with Vasha carrying a small cardboard box in her hands, which is believed to contain Altantuya’s bone fragments.

Syed Abdul Rahman said they were unable to claim the remains earlier as they had not been able to obtain Altantuya’s death certificate.

However with the assistance from the National Registration Department, they were able to get the death certificate to claim the bone fragments from the mortuary.

Asked if the collection of bone fragments would eliminate evidence from the case, he said that was not the case as those collected were only the smaller bone fragments.

“There are some 30 pieces of bone fragments and the bigger ones are being kept for investigation and as evidence.

“We are transporting the rest to the family so that they can carry out the proper burial that they had always wanted for Altantuya,” he told reporters when met at the mortuary here. He said the rest of the bone fragments would be returned to the family after the court proceedings were resolved.

Meanwhile, Syed Abdul Rahman said Vasha would be leaving for Bangkok at 3.15 pm today to hand over Altantuya’s remains to the Mongolian ambassador in Thailand.

“In Bangkok there are some paperwork to do and diplomatic procedures to follow so that there will be no problems in transporting the bone fragments back to Mongolia,” he told Bernama when contacted afterwards.

He said Altantuya’s father, Shaariibuu Setev, was planning a grand funeral for his daughter which would be attended by the Mongolian External Minister and representatives of the president and prime minister of Mongolia.

He said Altantuya’s remains would be buried in Ulan Bator according to Buddhist rites. Syed Abdul Rahman also said Setev was grateful that the court did not accept the application for bail for political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda.

Abdul Razak, 46, is charged with abetting C/Insp Azilah Hadri, 30, and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 35, in the murder of Altantuya in Puncak Alam.

He is alleged to have committed the offence at Bangunan Getah Asli in Jalan Ampang at between 9.54 am and 11.05 am on Oct 18 last year.

The case has been fixed for hearing for four weeks from March 10 next year.

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