Datuk: Senior cop didn't query me on murder of woman jogger

Datuk: Senior cop didn't query me on murder of woman jogger
Entrepreneur Datuk Jaafar Jamaludin

ALOR SETAR: Entrepreneur Datuk Jaafar Jamaludin told a High Court here that a senior police officer did not ask him about the murder of a marketing executive while recording his cautioned statement.

Jaafar, 69, said he was not asked about a Naza Ria he had allegedly sold off that was used in the murder case, or about a knife which he, his wife and son had allegedly disposed.

He said ASP Zainal Omar Mahamud, who was the recording officer, had however, asked him about his and his family's background.

Jaafar also told the court during cross-examination by DPP Salim Soib @ Hamid, that it was easy to understand the Bahasa Malaysia used by ASP Zainal in the recording of his statement.

Jaafar however, said it was difficult for him to say whether he agreed to allow ASP Zainal to record his statement about the murder of Chee Gaik Yap, 25.

"It is difficult for me to say. I don't know how to answer," he said.

DPP Salim then asked him why it was difficult for him to answer the question.

At this juncture, Judicial Com-missioner Datuk Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab told Jaafar to listen to the questions carefully before answering.

When DPP Salim repeated the question, this time around Jaafar said he did not agree to ASP Zainal recording his statement.

Jaafar was testifying in the impeachment proceedings against him over discrepancies between his statement and his testimony in his son Shahril Jaafar's trial.

Businessman Shahril, 33, is on trial for the murder of Chee near the Cinta Sayang Club in Taman Ria Jaya, Sungai Petani, between Jan 14 and Jan 15, 2006.

Chee, a Universiti Utara Malaysia graduate, was raped and her body dumped at the housing estate after she was abducted while jogging.

Mohd Zaki fixed today for both the prosecution and defence to submit law cases.

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