Following a 159 day trial, Malaysian courts have sentenced to death two policemen found guilty in the 2006 murder of 28-year-old Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu.
Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, along with Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, were found guilty of kidnapping and killing Altantuya.
This follows the October acquittal of Abdul Razak Bagi in the murder.
Razaj, a politically connected analyst with ties to Malaysia’s highest politicians, called police on October 19, 2006 when Altantuya began screaming for him in front of his house. Court testimony indicated that Razaj had an earlier affair with Altantuya.
Razaj is married with a family.
Altantuya’s body was later found in a field, having been blown up sometime between October 19 and October 20, 2006.
The case attracted international attention and even a diplomatic spate when Mongolian officials said they expected a thorough investigation into the death of the Mongolian woman.
Lawyers for the policemen have said they will appeal the conviction.