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Policemen to die in Malaysian case

9 April 09 09:34 GMT

Two policemen have been sentenced to death for murdering a Mongolian woman linked to senior Malaysian figures.

Altantuya Shaariibuu was shot dead and her body blown up with explosives in October 2006.

A friend of new PM Najib Razak was accused in connection with the murder, but he was cleared last year. He has admitted to an affair with the victim.

The sensational case has involved allegations of political conspiracies and sex scandals in ruling circles.

Winding up a 159-day trial, High Court Judge Zaki Yasin ruled that he found the defence of Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar "unbelievable", as "each of them are blaming the other".

The policemen, members of an elite high security detail for leading Malaysian figures, showed no emotion on hearing the sentences; their lawyers say an appeal will be lodged.

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