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Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 November 2006, 10:17 GMT
Malaysians charged over murder
By Jonathan Kent
BBC News, Kuala Lumpur

Abdul Razak Baginda - 12/11/06
A high-profile political analyst has also been detained
A Malaysian court has charged two policemen with the murder of a Mongolian model, in a sensational case that has gripped the country.

The two officers, one a chief inspector the other a constable, are the first to be charged with the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu.

She was reportedly shot before her body was blown up using plastic explosives.

Police say that DNA tests have confirmed that human remains found in a jungle clearing are those of the model.

Four other people were arrested in connection with the case.

Abdul Razak Baginda, a well-connected political and defence analyst, remains in custody. The courts have twice extended his detention at the request of the police.

A third police officer and two private investigators have been released on bail.

Mr Abdul Razak's lawyer has confirmed that his client knew the dead woman but denied the two had a romantic relationship.

However, local newspapers have reported that she came to Malaysia seeking help with her young son's medical bills.

She was allegedly last seen outside the analyst's house last month being bundled into a vehicle by policemen.

Further reports say she was shot twice in the head and her remains blown up using C4 plastic explosives, which are normally only available to the security forces.

Mr Abdul Razak's lawyer has complained that he has not had proper access to his client and he has demanded that the courts either charge or release him


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