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Thursday, May 23, 2013

All four accused guilty in murder of Sosilawati Lawiya and three others

The High Court on Thursday sentenced all four accused to death in the murder of cosmetics businesswoman Sosilawati Lawiya and three others in Tanjung Sepat, Banting in 2010.
"The prosecution has proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt," said Justice Akhtar Tahir.

"I find all four accused guilty as charged," he said.

Justice Akhtar was delivering his verdict in the high profile case since taking charge of the trial on July 4, 2011.

His court room was packed with families of the accused persons and victims, media and lawyers.

A total of 108 prosecution and 30 defence witnesses took the stand and 742 exhibits were tendered.

Sosilawati, 47, her driver Kamaruddin Shamsuddin, 44, bank officer Noorhisham Mohamad, 38, and lawyer Ahmad Kamil Abdul Karim, 32, were reported missing after they went to Banting for a land deal. Their disappearance made headlines nationwide.

Former lawyer N. Pathmanabhan, 43, and farm hands T. Thilaiyalagan, 21, R. Matan, 22 and R. Kathavarayan, 33, are accused of murdering Sosilawati and her aides at Lot 2001, Jalan Tanjung Layang, Tanjung Sepat, Banting, between 8.30pm and 9.45pm on Aug 30, 2010.


Aug 30, 2010: Sosilawati, together with Noorhisham, Ahmad Kamil and Kamaruddin were reported missing after going to Banting for a land deal.

Sept 6, 2010: A black BMW X5 car, with registration WTL 11, used by Sosilawati on the day she was reported missing, was found at the car park of Flat Angsana, Pangsapuri USJ, Subang Jaya, while a black BMW car, with registration number AAJ 5 belonging to Ahmad Kamil was found in an area in front of a double-storey terrace housing project near the Grand Dorsett Hotel, Subang Jaya.

Sept 9, 2010: Five suspects were detained at a farm in Banting.

Sept 11, 2010: A lawyer, with a 'Datuk' title, and his younger sibling, also a lawyer, were detained to assist investigations.

Sept 12, 2010: Bukit Aman (Federal Police) Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Director Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin confirmed the four victims were brutally killed and then burnt at a farm, while their ashes were strewn in a river nearby.

Oct 13, 2010: Pathmanabhan, together with Thilaiyalagan, Matan and Kathavarayan were charged in the Telok Datok Magistrate's Court , Banting , with the murder of Sosilawati, Noorhisham, Ahmad Kamil and Kamaruddin.

Oct 15, 2010: The Telok Datok Magistrate's Court sentenced U.Suresh and K.Sarawanan to seven years' jail after they pleaded guilty to disposing evidence in the murder case.

Feb 21, 2011: The Shah Alam High Court amended the seven years' jail handed down on Suresh and Sarawanan for disposing evidence in the murder case to 20 years. July 4, 2011: The hearing of the murder case began at the Shah Alam High Court.

Nov 3, 2011: Foresnsic expert from Kuala Lumpur Hospital(HKL), Dr Nurliza Abdullah, testitified that 2,030 of the 2,040 specimens found in the river and farm in Banting, claimed to be the locations of the murder, could possibily be that of human bones and teeth. She also said the bones showed traces of them being burnt or exposed to very high temperature, of at least 800 degree Celcius.

Nov 10, 2011: Dr Norhayati Jaffar, also from the Medical Forensic department of HKL, confirmed that seven of the 10 tooth samples found in Sungai Panchau and at Ladang Gadong, said to be the location where the four victims were murdered, were human teeth.

Jan 31, 2012: Director of Forensic Division, Chemistry Department, Lim Kong Boon, confirmed that the DNA profile of Noorhisham was obtained from the blood stain on a cricket bat. She also confirmed that the DNA profiles of Kamaruddin and Ahmad were obtained from blood stains on zinc sheets found in the Sungai Arak oil palm plantation in Banting.

April 30, 2012: Judge Akhtar ordered Pathmanabhan, Thilaiyalagan, Matan and Kathavarayan to enter their defence on a charge of murdering Sosilawati, Noorhisham, Ahmad Kamil and Kamaruddin after finding that the prosecution had succeeded in establishing a prima facie case.

May 23, 2013: Judge Akhtar sentenced to death the four accused after finding them guilty of murdering Sosilawati, Noorhisham, Ahmad Kamil and Kamaruddin. - Bernama. Read a full articles here :

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Kg Tanduo chief's Son is Coordinator for Sulu Group

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A son of a former Kampung Tanduo village chief is believed to be the local coordinator for the Sulu terror group.

He was among four people, two of whom are key figures behind the group, who were arrested over the past 24 hours.

The other is the Sulu group's military commander who was picked up while hiding in the swamps in Semporna as police further crippled the Sulu terrorists network operating there and in Lahad Datu.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the two key figures were arrested with their wives.

He said the local coordinator, in his early 40's, was arrested with his wife in the Felda Sahabat area at about 10pm on Friday.

The man possessed a Malaysian identity card, he told reporters.

The man is being detained under the Immigration Act pending verification of his identification documents.

"He is an important figure as he was the one who arranged for accommodation, food, drinks and medical treatment since the group arrived here (Feb 9)," Khalid said.

He said the military commander, in his late 40s, was arrested at about 1am on Saturday and has a Philippines passport.

"Now we believe the group has been further crippled. They have lost their source of local support and they now have no direction," Khalid said.

He did not elaborate on the identity of the commander.

He said the arrests were made possible with the assistance of the local communities.
So far, 408 people have been detained under the various laws since the launching of the offensive against the Sulu terror group dubbed as Ops Daulat on March 5.

Another 108 people have been detained under the Special Offences (Special Measures) Act (SOSMA). 

Sixty-three gunmen have been killed in the ongoing offensive.
On Thursday's Kembara Sakti incident in Felda Sahabat where more than 1,000 fled their villages after hearing that a woman was held hostage, Khalid said:
"From our initial investigation, what happened yesterday was made to be more serious that it actually is."

"There is no reason for the community there to feel afraid. They can return home. We will be with them,'' he added. Read a full articles here :

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Schools must push a sports culture - Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

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Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said schools in Malaysia needed to be more innovative in inculcating a sports culture in line with the 1 Student, 1 Sport policy.
  Admitting this was easier for schools that already had a good sports infrastructure, Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said it was not beyond schools that did not have this infrastructure to push a sports culture that people could be proud of.

"Schools without good sports infrastructure can excel in cross country runs or other suitable sports, make use of facilities made available by the local authorities, at neighbouring schools or universities.

"It is up to the wisdom of the leadership of the school to find facilities and ways to promote sports," he told Malaysian journalists covering his two-day working visit to Alabama, the United States, here Saturday. - Bernama

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