8 June 2018
Report: Australia agrees to extradite Sirul
KUALA LUMPUR, June 8 — Australian authorities have finally agreed to repatriate Sirul Azhar Umar following a fresh attempt by Putrajaya to have the convicted murderer extradited, The Guardian reported.
According to the British newspaper, a source said Malaysia and Australia jointly agreed on the terms for the extradition of the former police commando, who was sentenced to death here for murdering Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu.
The terms, among others, was for Malaysia to bear the cost of extradition for Sirul.
“It is believed Sirul will leave Australia within a month,” the news report said.
This revelation comes shortly after PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim openly condemned the Australian authorities for snubbing Malaysia’s bid to extradite Sirul.
Anwar had told the country’s ABC radio that some of Australia’s foreign policies were “tainted”.
Sirul, who was recently interviewed by The Guardian, said he was not willing to return to Malaysia even if his death sentence is commuted to life in prison.
He expressed fear that he would be killed while in prison here.
Greg Lopez, a Malaysia expert at Western Australia’s Murdoch University, says the new government in Kuala Lumpur is likely to re-open the Altantuya case.
“The fact no motive for the murder has ever been established leaves open the question that it was a state-sponsored killing and that needs to be thoroughly investigated. Najib could find himself in a very precarious situation.”
He believes the new prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, will be looking to commute Sirul’s sentence and get him back to Malaysia.
12 March 2018
Zahid: Putrajaya still studying ways to extradite Sirul
The deputy prime minister says the issue needs to be handled carefully as it involves another country’s laws and policies.
KUALA LUMPUR: Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says the government is still looking at the best way to bring convicted murderer Sirul Azhar Umar back from Australia.
Adding that the issue needs careful handling as it involves another country’s laws and policies, he said Putrajaya had not had the opportunity to discuss the matter with the Australian government.
“According to the extradition treaty, the application documents need to state what form of punishment will be meted out to the criminal.”
Zahid said this in a written reply to Ramkarpal Singh (DAP-Bukit Gelugor) who had asked if the government had any intention to extradite Sirul, a former police commando, after the ministry in March 2015 said it would start negotiations with the Australian government.
13 September 2017
It is going to be a tough battle for Siruls Australian lawyers at the AAT.
Section 36(1C) of the Migration Act provides that a criterion for Protection Visa is that a the applicant is not a person whom the Minister considers, on reasonable grounds :
(a) is a danger to Australia’s security, or
(b) having been convicted by a final judgement of a particular serious crime, is a danger to the Australian community.
An applicant who comes under either of these sections will not meet s36(1C) and their application must be refused under, s65(1)(b).
Here in,lies the tough task for the Australian lawyers. Good luck.
13 September 2017
Now that Sirul’s case is in the AAT there are relevant sections of the MIGRATION ACT 1958 becomes applicable.
Danger to Australia’s security
Australian case law on s36(1C)(a) is limited and provides little guidance in assessing potential dangers to the security of Australia. In Director General Security v Sultan  FCA 1548, the Federal Court indicated that one of ASIO’s functions is to provide security assessments to Commonwealth agencies and that it is appropriate for agencies to rely on these assessments. This implies that it is appropriate for a decision maker to rely on information from ASIO reports when assessing whether an applicant is a ‘danger to national security’ for the purposes of the first exception in s36(1C)(a). If there is an adverse ASIO assessment, the application must be refused on the ground that the applicant fails to meet s36(1B). For guidance on deciding the application, refer to the above section on Section 36(1B).
Convicted of a particularly serious crime
Section 36(1C)(b) comprises two components. That is, the applicant must have been convicted of a ‘particularly serious crime’ and constitute a ‘danger to the community’. It is only in circumstances where both elements are satisfied that the applicant will not meet the criterion in s36(1C)(b).
Section 5M – Particularly serious crime – provides that, for the purposes of the application of this Act and the regulations to a particular person, s36(1C)(b) of the Act has effect as if a reference in that section to a particularly serious crime included a reference to a crime that consists of the commission of:
(a) a serious Australian offence
(b) a serious foreign offence.
The definition of a ‘particularly serious crime’ in s5M includes serious Australian offences whereas s5H(2) only applies to serious offences committed outside of Australia.
This is posted for public information on the relevant section of the law as service to the public information on the construction of relevant laws.
The letter from the Australian Department of Immigration to Sirul Umar on the 31 of July 2017 advises Sirul that he does not meet section 36(2C)(a)(ii) of the Migration Act 1958 and therefore he will not qualify for the grant of the Australian Complimentary Protection Visa subclass 866.
The said sec. reads as :
Ineligibility for grant of a protection visa
(2C) A non-citizen is taken not to satisfy the criterion mentioned in paragraph (2)(aa) if:
(a) the Minister has serious reasons for considering that:
(ii) the non-citizen committed a serious non-political crime before entering Australia;
It is now left to the Malaysian and the Australian Lawyers to assert if it is indeed Sirul had committed a politically directed crime. From the notes of the Investigation and the trial it is clear Raja Baginda called personnel from the defence Ministry for help to dispose of his troublesome ex lover. Thereon it was all government personnel, government vehicles, government weapons, government military explosives, government erasing immigration records, the Defense Minister texting to Raja Baginda to inform himv that he is on his way to the IGP to discuss his case, unprecedented omission to establish motive for a criminal murder, all these taken cumulatively can the lawyers forcefully assert that it was a government (politically motivated) directed
crime. OR is Sirul going to be left to be detained indefinitely.
I sincerely hope the lawyers will not betray Sirul and act in his best interest and in doing so justice will be done to the murdered victim , not withstanding the possibility those who gave the orders to kill may be exposed,
16 August 2017
KUALA LUMPUR: The policeman who killed Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu has appealed to the Australian authorities not to reject his application for a protection visa.
Sirul Azhar Umar said he faced the “very real prospect” of execution if he were to be deported to Malaysia from Australia.
He had applied for a visa to allow him to be released into the Australian community, according to The Australian newspaper.
It reported that lawyers for Sirul Azhar made the appeal in response to a formal notice from the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection that it was poised to refuse their client’s application for a Complementary Protection Visa.
The reason for the possible rejection of the protection visa was that he had committed a “serious non-political crime” before entering Australia.
The Australian report said his lawyers had providing extra information to help his case, including evidence to support a previous claim that he had been made a political scapegoat.
Under Australian law, the government is obliged to grant a protection visa if a person faces serious human rights violations, or where a person faces real risk of being arbitrarily deprived of their life.
The Australian newspaper said the act provided exemption clauses, rendering an applicant ineligible for protection visa if they committed a war crime or crime against humanity, a serious non-political crime before entering Australia, or were considered a danger to the Australian community.
Also, Australia won’t deport a fugitive who faces execution upon their return.
9 August 2017
Australia looks set to lock up Sirul indefinitely
Convicted fugitive police personnel Sirul Azhar Umar may face indefinite detention in Australia, which will cost Australian taxpayers millions of dollars, according to a report.
National broadsheet The Australian, citing sources, said Sirul’s application for a protection visa, which would allow him to be freed and live in Australia, is likely to be denied.
The report said Sirul has been formally notified by Australia’s Immigration and Border Protection Department that his application will likely be denied because he had committed a non-political crime before entering the country in October 2014.
The immigration authorities were said to have told Sirul that they have received “unfavourable information, which does not support your application (for a protection visa)”.
Sirul now has until Aug 14 to offer any information to argue for his release.
Australian taxpayers face a multi-million-dollar bill for the indefinite detention of a fugitive Malaysian police commando sentenced to death for the murder of a woman with links to Prime Minister Najib Razak.
The Australian understands Sirul Azhar Umar has been formally notified by Immigration and Border Protection that his application for a protection visa is likely to be denied on the ground he committed a non-political crime before entering Australia in October 2014.
Sirul has until Monday to offer any additional information that might sway the decision in his favour and allow him to be released into the community.
A July 31 letter addressed to Sirul at Villawood Detention Centre says the department has received “unfavourable information which does not support your application”, related to his role in the 2006 murder of Mongolian translator and mother of two Altantuya Shaaribuu, 28.
Sirul fled to Brisbane in 2014 as Malaysia’s Federal Court considered whether to reinstate his conviction, overturned on appeal, for her abduction and killing. He was arrested by Australian immigration authorities and sent to Villawood in January 2015, days after his conviction was reinstated, and has awaited a decision on his visa application since then.
The Malaysian government has said repeatedly it will apply for Sirul’s extradition to face execution, but has not yet done so. Earlier this year, Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi ruled out commuting Sirul’s death sentence in order to have him extradited.
Australia will not deport a fugitive if the government believes he will face execution upon return — leaving the 46-year-old convicted murderer in limbo in Villawood.
With government estimates putting the annual cost of detaining a single asylum-seeker in Australia at $239,000, the bill for accommodating Sirul could reach millions of dollars.
28 April 2017
Putrajaya says no room to commute Sirul’s death sentence
Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said there was no room for the government to commute the death sentence of Sirul Azhar Umar in a bid to secure a successful extradition.
This, he said, was because the highest court of the land had already made a decision on the sentence of Sirul, who had fled to Australia.
“If the government wishes to make an extradition request to a country that does not support the death sentence, the government can negotiate by considering punishments other than the death sentence.
“In the case of Sirul Azhar, the government does not have room for negotiation with the Australian government as the Federal Court had sentenced Sirul to death,” he said in a parliamentary written reply.
As such, he said the government has yet to make an extradition request and is still studying the best way to deal with the issue.
He said this in response to a question by DAP’s Raub MP Mohd Ariff Sabri Abdul.
28 March 2016
Dr Mahathir Mohamad had offered to help former police commando Sirul Azhar Umar obtain asylum in Australia.
The former prime minister this in an interview with 60 Minutes, an Australian current affairs programme that featured a segment on Malaysia titled ‘Dirty Secrets’ yesterday.
Mahathir was asked if he offered Sirul, who is currently detained in Sydney’s Villawood Immigration Detention Centre, any inducement to “tell the truth” about murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu.
“No inducements… I did try to speak to him over the phone.
“I did tell him that if I can help him get asylum in Australia, because of his fear if something happens to him if he comes back, I would try,” he replied.
24 February 2016
24 February 2016 | MYT 1:15 PM
Ramkarpal wants A-G to ‘make known’ Sirul’s extradition status
SHAH ALAM: A lawyer acting for the family of murdered Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu has asked the Attorney-General to make known the status of the extradition bid for Sirul Azhar Umar.
Ramkarpal Singh said he had written a letter to Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali last week to find out about the matter.
“I have written to the Attorney-General to find out if Mohamed Apandi has initiated extradition proceedings for Sirul Azhar Umar as claimed by the Home Minister in Parliament,” said Ramkarpal.
He said he had also written to the Australian Attorney General last week to confirm if the extradition process had been initiated by Malaysia.
“I feel Sirul must be extradited to face the due process of law,” he said after the case management of the family’s civil suit against the Government and three others here.
Yesterday, Ramkarpal expressed his disappointment over the delay on the part of Wisma Putra to respond to their queries on the service of family’s application to amend the suit which was to be delivered to Sirul, who is now in Australia.
“We have written to the Wisma Putra on numerous times but no response. This has been going on for six months.They have to satisfy us that those documents had been delivered to the Consulate in Sydney,” he said.
22 February 2016
Sirul has his own computer, telephone and access to a kitchen.
‘Who’s paying for detained murderer Sirul’s bills?’
With a sizeable team supporting former police special forces officer Sirul Azhar Umar’s bills, who is paying for all his bills?
This is the question raised by The Weekend Australian, the Sunday edition of the newspaper The Australian, in its lengthy news analysis on Sirul and the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu, for which Sirul has been convicted.
According to The Weekend Australian, Sirul had retained the services of a solicitor, barrister and migration consultant – until at least last month.
The Weekend Australian yesterday reported that Sirul also employs a Malaysian-based Australian clerk, who handles his finances and the expenses of his son who is also in Australia.
He also has lawyers who act for him in Malaysia.
All this while detained at the Villawood immigration detention centre in Sydney, where he is caught in an immigration limbo after jumping bail in Malaysia to flee to Australia.
“This expensive support team has led to questions about how an out-of-work Malaysian policeman can afford such services.
“Who is footing Sirul’s bill? It’s a question one might reasonably expect Australian authorities to ask, given their concerns over his vulnerability to coercion,” the report said.
The Weekend Australian said “one member of Sirul’s team” said the Australian expenses are “paid through his Malaysian lawyers”.
19 February 2016
YOURSAY | Don’t blame public for cynicism in SB’s visit to Sirul
YOURSAY | ‘It is an indication of the lack of confidence they have in our government.’
RM2.6 billion turkey haram: Inspector-general of police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar, it is not absurd. It is an indication of the lack of confidence they have in our government.
Too much negative news on cover-ups and protection for a certain leader are widely reported in Australia. Everywhere one goes, the usual topics on our chosen ones pop up. Not good ones, of course.
So can the government blame them for their suspicion of us?
Bulls**t Walks & Money Talks: The Australian government is not stupid. There is a possibility that someone may do something to former police commando Sirul Azhar Umar – remember dead men tell no tales. Hope the Australians will not allow Special Branch officers to visit him. Why are they visiting him when there is no reason for them to do so?
Anonymous_4031c: Sirul has milked and exploited the system accorded by the Aussies based on shared universal humanitarian values.
This guy is a murderer and is acting like a celebrity at the expense of the Australian taxpayers. He doesn’t deserve the sympathy of the host country and has cunningly manoeuvred and played the system to the hilt.
Unknowingly, the Australian authorities have lent credence to his deceitfulness by allowing the facilities and liberties he would not have enjoyed even in his own country.
What’s the difference between this convicted killer and an Islamic State (IS) terrorist finding refuge in Australia to escape retribution? Should Australia lay out the red carpet for the terrorist and give them the Sirul treatment, too? Both are killers, however way you cut the cloth.
Australia was able from a policy point of view to effectively manage the refugees swarming its shores. The action taken was not to abandon principles of humanitarian values but to have an effective dissuasive defensive mechanism to stem the tide of incursions, which many fleeing refugees soon caught on.
The entire European front is now facing a challenge which will destabilise the social, political and economic stability that they have built based on universal principles and values – all of which are anomalous in the countries where these refugees come from whose majority are Muslims.
These principles are being exploited and taken advantage of by the massive influx of refugees threatening the local culture, peace and stability that these Europeans enjoy.
Australia should not allow these values to be compromised and taken advantage of even if it’s just one calculated killer.
Clongviews: Aussies are so liberal that their immigration authorities allow Sirul to make a series of video recordings to become a celebrity.
Gggg: So what could be the reason for Sirul to murder the Mongolian lady? Oh I forgot, motive is not necessary.
Pat88: Seriously, who would want to kill Sirul Azhar Umar, if not the person who gave him the order to murder Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu and wants to make sure that he will never talk?
Most Malaysians wish him to live long enough to give us the name of the mastermind.
Aktan: These videos of Sirul are red herrings in the 1MDB context. Most probably, Sirul does not know who the real murderer is. Sirul is keeping himself alive, ‘well-fed’ and religiously poised for a pardon and donation. Good show but only God knows where the buck stops.
Lone_star: If the videos pre-dated Sirul’s arrival in Australia, it could explain why he was allowed to slip out of Malaysia, unnoticed. Once again, he appears to be on a mission. A mission to exonerate someone this time around.
18 February 2016
malaysiakini: MP limlipeng urges IGP KBAB51 to arrest those behind Sirul’s videos https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/330377
Inspector-general of police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar has been urged to investigate the parties behind video statements that fugitive convict Sirul Azhar Umar has been releasing to the media.
Commenting on the videos reported by Malaysiakini over the past weeks, Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said the revelations by the former officer sentenced to death for the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu have left key questions unanswered.
While Sirul has reportedly said he plans to reveal who has been attempting to get him to implicate Prime Minister Najib Razak in the gruesome murder, Lim said the ex-officer should first address the question of the identity of the one who had given him the order.
“I also want to urge the IGP to order the arrest of those who have conspired with Sirul to produce the video ‘confessions’ to investigate who had ordered the murder of Altantuya,” said Lim in a statement today.
“Before Sirul and his associates who had helped him with the recorded video confessions expose (the five names), he should rightfully first answer five questions that involve public interest,” he said, namely:
1. Who had ordered the murder of Altantuya?
2. What were the rewards or payments that were promised to him after she was murdered?
3. Who gave him permission for the use of the (restricted army issued) C4 explosives?
4. Who organised Sirul’s exit to Australia without informing the authorities?
5. How many killings had Sirul been ordered to perform previously, and who were the victims?
17 February 2016
SB may harm Sirul report absurd, says IGP
Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar has dismissed a report in The Australian newspaper that Sirul Azhar Umar could be subjected to harm or threats from Malaysia’s special branch.
“There is no reason for us to harm or threaten him. This is absurd,” he told Malaysiakini.
The report said Sirul, who was convicted in relation to the 2006 murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu, is now placed in solitary confinement at Sydney’s Villawood immigration detention centre.
Apart from this, those visiting him are subjected to full security screenings by senior Australian Border Force officials.
The newspaper said the “extraordinary measures”were put in place due to fears for his safety.
Australia steps up security for Sirul amid safety concerns: report
Senior Australian Border Force officials are personally vetting all visitors to former police commando Sirul Azhar Umar amid concerns for his safety, The Australian reported today.
According to the report, Sirul is now being held alone in a double room at Sydney’s Villawood Immigration Centre and Canberra officials, rather than the centre’s manager, are vetting his visitors.
Among others, Sirul’s visitors are now subjected to full security screenings and their names were run through the Australian government’s intelligence database.
The report also stated that the “extraordinary” measures were taken amid fears that Sirul could be subjected to harm or threats from Malaysia’s Special Branch intelligence agency.
Sirul’s confessions were reportedly shot inside Villawood, but The Australian quoted unnamed officials who believe the videos could pre-date his arrival there in January last year.
It was also reported that Australia’s Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop had declined to comment on the case while the former corporal’s protection visa is being processed.
31 December 2015
Sirul Azhar received offer to make him talk, says lawyer
An offer was made to former police commando Sirul Azhar Umar to have him say something so that the person could gain some political benefit, revealed his lawyer Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin.
The offer was made through an overseas call made to Sirul at the Australian detention centre, he said.
On top of that, four to six attempts have also been made by several groups of individuals who visited the detention centre, he said.
“I am not at liberty at this moment to say who they (these individuals) are,” he said at a press conference, adding that he is aware of the identities of these individuals, and would address it through legal means in an appropriate time.
“The farthest I would go is to say there is a group (of individuals) trying to get to him with some promise of help, obviously hoping (to get) some sort of political advantage and political benefit, perhaps from what he (Sirul Azha) is expected to say or perhaps what they want him to say,” he said.
“That was an overture made to him… ‘I can solve your legal problem, you better get rid of your lawyer’,” he said.
“That is the personal reading of my client through conversation (I had) with him,” he said, added that he met Sirul Azhar last week.
Kamarul Hisham also said that Sirul Azhar, upon the expiry of his social visit visa in Australia early this year, had applied for a protection visa so that he could still stay in the country.
25 November 2015
Sirul’s alleged middleman emerges, denies role
Abdul Salam Ahmad, the businessman named in an Al Jazeera documentary as the intermediary between fugitive Sirul Azhar Umar and the powers-that-be, has finally emerged to deny any such role.
Salam was named in Al Jazeera‘s 101 East documentary on the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu.
“I state that I had never played any role for any party to Sirul Azhar, and that the first and second defamatory statements are mere invention and/or hurled with malice,” Salam said in the police report he lodged at the Section 6 police station in Shah Alam yesterday.
In the report, Salam referred to Al Jazeera‘s claim that he was the middleman as the “first defamatory statement” and the text message purportedly from Sirul asking for payment so as not to implicate certain individual as the “second defamatory statement”.
“I also hereby expressly state that I have never sent and/or replied an SMS, such as displayed in the second defamatory statement, to Sirul at any time whatsoever,” Salam says in the police report.
He also denied that he did not respond to Al Jazeera‘s request for comments on the matter.
“I state that this too is a malicious statement as I have never avoided giving any explanation.
Salam also took offence at how the documentary described him.
“I also state that the programme defamed me as having a history of bribery.
“I state that I have never been involved in any crime of bribery whereby I have never been charged or convicted by any court,” he said.
3 November 2015
Aussies ramp up security for Sirul over fears thst he is being pressured to return to Malaysia to face the death penalty…
3 November 2015
Australia tingkat kawalan terhadap Sirul, bimbang dibawa pulang ke Malaysia http://bit.ly/1MdFxAW
Aussies ramp up security for Sirul over deportation fears
Aussies ramp up security for Sirul over deportation fears http://bit.ly/1Ska40w
Australian prison authorities are ramping up security for Sirul Azhar Umar amid fears that the former commando is being pressured to return to Malaysia to face the death penalty for his role in the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu, an Australian daily reports.
The Australian said today additional security measures had been put in place after a delegation comprising Sirul’s mother, sister and at least one opposition lawmaker visited him in March.
Sirul, who is being held at the Villawood detention centre in Australia, is considered a high-risk detainee because of his involvement in the murder of Altantuya, blown up by C4 explosives or killed first and later destroyed on October 18, 2006, in the outskirts of Shah Alam, near the capital city Kuala Lumpur.
The Australian reported high concern among Australian Border Force officials who were said to have found out about the March visit only after the fact.
The daily added that the visit had been approved by Serco, the contractors running Australia’s detention centres, and that Villawood was at the time under the control of the Immigration Department.
“There are fears that Sirul or members of his family could be subject to intimidation, threats or even physical harm if access to him is not controlled,” the report said.
Australia fears ex-M’sian commando pressured to face death penalty for Altantuya murder http://tdy.sg/1MDBQGF
9 July 2012
Thursday July 9, 2015 MYT 7:24:32 AM
Message on Sirul a hoax
PETALING JAYA: A WhatsApp message claiming that former cop Sirul Azhar Umar will testify that he was ordered by the Prime Minister’s wife to kill Altantuya is a hoax, said his lawyer.
The message claimed that according to Australia’s Herald Sun newspaper, Sirul will reveal in an Australian court next week that Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor had ordered him to kill the Mongolian for blackmailing Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The author of the message which is making its rounds, and which The Star also received, is not known.
“I have checked with Sirul and he has absolutely no knowledge of saying any such thing or speaking with any journalist from the Herald Sun,” said Sirul’s lawyer Hasnal Rezua Merican.
“The message, which is being spread is a hoax, and I believe that it originated in Malaysia and was meant for a local audience.”
The lawyer said he had checked online and could not find any report by the Herald Sun about the matter.
Checks by The Star also failed to find any such report by the Australian newspaper.
Hasnal said Sirul’s Australian lawyers also checked to find out where such a story could have originated from and they, too, could not find anything.
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sirul Azhar Umar: Who ordered the brutal murder of Atlantuyaa Shaariibuu?
May 9, 2015
Pacing the green rubber floor of Sydney’s Villawood Immigration Detention Centre is a man who carries a secret so explosive that it holds both sides of Malaysian politics and its media in its thrall.
The former bodyguard to two Malaysian Prime Ministers, ex-police commando Sirul Azhar Umar is a baby-faced killer, convicted of a political murder so gruesome it made a nation shudder.
Now, facing the death penalty in Malaysia, Sirul has brought his secret to Australia in search of political asylum. So far, he is sitting restlessly with the high-risk inmates at the maximum security Blaxland unit in Villawood, keeping his secret to himself.
“I’m not sure If I’m ready to tell all yet,” he tells me as we meet for the first time. “I was a member of the police force, we are bound by code of silence.”
What Sirul knows, though, has much broader implications than just for him. It has put the already unstable tenure of Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Najib Razak, on even shakier ground. It has brought one of Malaysia’s ruling elite, Australia’s old diplomatic foe, Mahathir Mohamad, out of retirement to speak against his former protege, and it has excited the country’s perpetually oppressed opposition with the hope that perhaps after nearly 60 years, the edifice of that country’s political dynasty is crumbling.
As Malaysia hangs on his words, Sirul is hoping somehow to trade his secret for a new life in Australia.
Read the rest here:
Who is paying Sirul’s lawyers and why have they not declared openly, who is their financial backer in managing Sirul’s expensive defence costs?
Sirul’s solicitor is Hasnal Rezua Merican, an Umno Youth division leader, and his barrister is Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin.
Free Malaysia Today
Sirul told to ‘shut up’, says Sarawak Report
KUALA LUMPUR: The Sarawak Report (SR) has raised several queries regarding the case of Sirul Azhar Umar, one of the two bodyguards convicted of the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu, and held for the last three months and two weeks at an immigration centre in Sydney, Australia.
Sirul is reportedly now relying on his Australian legal team to submit an application to fight his extradition to Malaysia on the grounds of granting a “Protection Visa” against the prospect of the death sentence awaiting him if he returns to Malaysia.
Sirul, according to SR, clammed up after he was visited mid-April by two lawyers apparently representing him. Visitors sent by his family to see him were turned away. He has been told to shut up, a person close to the situation reiterated.
“He was told not to speak to any media and not to speak to anyone associated with Dr Mahathir or his chance of a protection visa [leave to stay] will be in danger. They have advised him that he needs to keep his mouth shut or he may incriminate himself, even though he is already incriminated.”
Pro-UMNO blog MyKMU.net, “Seeing Mahathir’s inclination to intervene in the murder of Altantuya, including meeting Sirul’s family, it is not impossible that Sirul would be paid to confess about Najib’s involvement in the murder.”
‘Will Sirul be paid to finger Najib for Dr M?’ http://bit.ly/1Fbibst
As Dr Mahathir Mohamad continues to rain criticism on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, a pro-Umno website has speculated what could be in store next. Previously, MYKMU.net, which has been highly critical of Mahathir since he launched a broadside on Najib, predicted that the former premier might train his guns on Najib’s wife Rosmah Mansor.
Yesterday, Mahathir mentioned Rosmah for the first time. And now, an article in MyKMU wonders if Mahathir would up the ante with Sirul Azhar Umar, the former police commando convicted of murdering Altantuya Shaariibuu.
“Seeing Mahathir’s inclination to intervene in the murder of Altantuya, including meeting Sirul’s family, it is not impossible that Sirul would be paid to confess about Najib’s involvement in the murder. “Sirul has nothing to lose since the death sentence has been passed. If Australia accepts his application to remain in that country, then the prediction (of him being paid) would be a reality because he needs money to live in Australia,” read the article.
According to MyKMU.net, the validity of his confession is immaterial because the main purpose is to create a negative perception. Apart from this, it would be done to “support Mahathir’s false claim” that Najib is a scandal-ridden leader.
Tun M: Sirul should be given chance to state his case
Sirul’s mother, Piah Samat, reportedly met Dr Mahathir on Wednesday and begged him to help her son, whom she said was only acting under orders and had been sabotaged.
Malaysiakini 12:17PM Feb 27, 2015
Bogus Sirul’s mum PAS event fools reporters
Journalists today were duped into thinking that PAS information chief Mahfuz Omar was holding a press conference at the PAS headquarters in Kuala Lumpur with fugitive former police commando Sirul Azhar Umar’s mother. It turned out that the WhatsApp message sent to reporters was actually a fake one.
The origins of the message cannot be determined but it was circulated on a PAS media WhatsApp group. A PAS headquarters staff said Mahfuz was in Alor Setar this morning and the latter had not called for any press conference much less for one with Sirul’s mum. “I just called him. He is in Alor Setar and confirmed he never called for a press conference.
“He said an invitation would have been sent out earlier if he wanted to hold a press conference,” said the staff who identified himself as Saripuddin Mohd Yatim.
Will he speak the truth or lie? Since PAS makes the arrangements, will what he has to say be biased, favouring the Opposition, regardless of the truth?
PAS: Sirul will speak to Malaysian media on Monday
KUALA LUMPUR: Former police commando Sirul Azhar Omar will speak to the Malaysian media on Monday in a teleconference organised by PAS. … “The 15 minutes teleconference is scheduled at 11.30am (Monday, Feb 23), and he (Sirul) has agreed to communicate with all media as it is not fair if he only talks to one or two media (organisations),” Mahfuz told the media at PAS headquarters here today.
Malaysian PM caught up in murder, bribery scandal – so says The Age of Australia. Real of just perception.
I opened fire towards the left side of the woman’s head. – Sirul Azhar Statement http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/sirul-azhar-statement/ …
Sirul Azhar Statement
Report No : 7380/06 Station : Travers Name : Sirul Azhar bin Haji Umar
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/sirul-azhar-statement/ — Free Malaysia Today
Sirul’s new strings
It seems possible that the fugitive from Malaysian justice is being moved by a new puppeteer.
Many Malaysians are of the opinion that the Altantuya case failed to dig deeper into some very significant questions. Among those questions is how two highly trained specialists could go rogue. Now former commando Sirul Azhar Umar seems ready to tell his side of the story. … It’s likely that Sirul will be truthful as he has nothing left to lose. Should he even manage to escape deportation, life in Australia will not be comfortable with a murder conviction hanging over his head. Given his no-win situation, Sirul benefits most in defeat if he brings down those who used him as a puppet to disguise their unseen hands in the murder. … The IGP and Najib may huff and puff all they want against Sirul’s claims, but he has definitely set them on edge. An allegation that Sirul is being influenced by interested parties gives them a sort of defence, but depending on what Sirul tells the media, it could be a political and public relations disaster for the already beleaguered Prime Minister, who can ill afford another one after the unpopular imprisonment of Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim. However, the IGP’s claims of “interested parties” is indeed plausible. Someone got Sirul out of Malaysia in the midst of his trial. Someone set him up in Australia, which is an expensive place to live in unless you’re earning a salary there. That someone could have told him that he has nothing to lose and he might as well bring down with him the people who set him up. Someone is organizing his press conference this Monday with PAS. Someone has enabled Sirul to fight back. And given what may be his final chance to have his say, Sirul may well send a message to the people he claims threw him to the wolves: that there are no strings on him. http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/highlight/2015/02/21/siruls-new-strings/ — 9:56AM Feb 21, 2015
Australia may give green light to Sirul’s tell-all
Australia’s Immigration Department said that it has not ruled out the possibility of convicted murderer Sirul Azhar Umar giving tell-all television interviews provided proper application processes were met. “Generally, the department does not facilitate interviews within detention facilities for operational reasons,” a spokesperson for Immigration minister, Peter Dutton, told Australia’s The Age newspaper. … According to The Age, Sirul would need top-level approval for a media interview in Villawood’s maximum security Blaxland unit, where he has been held since his arrest in Brisbane, Queensland on Jan 20. http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/289834 — No, there might be no teleconference Star
Friday February 20, 2015 MYT 7:18:14 PM
Report: Australian Immigration Department denies approving Sirul’s interview
PETALING JAYA: The Australian Immigration Department on Friday denied approving any tell-all interviews with former police commando Sirul Azhar Umar over the murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu. According to an Australian news portal, The Age, Sirul, who is currently being detained at the Villawood detention centre in Sydney, had told a local news portal that he was negotiating with Australian television stations for a politically explosive interview. The Age quoted Immigration Department spokesman Peter Dutton as saying that the Department does not facilitate interviews within detention facilities for operational reasons. http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/02/20/Sirul-Australian-Immigration-Department/ — It will be a 15 minute teleconference. Malay Mail Online
Sirul will address Malaysian media on Monday, PAS man says
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/sirul-will-address-malaysian-media-on-monday-pas-man-says?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed — SIRUL IS UNHAPPY THAT HIS PHOTOGRAPH WAS RELEASED WITHOUT HIS CONSENT. Sirul is also upset with Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar for releasing his photograph. “Why reveal the photo without my consent? Since the start of the hearing and up to the appeal at the Federal Court, I managed to hide my face. “What is the purpose (of releasing my photo)?” he asked. http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/289756?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter — 5:21PM Feb 19, 2015KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 20 — The former police commando who claimed he was ordered to kill Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu is expected to speak to the Malaysian media this Monday in a teleconference organised by PAS, a party leader said today. Datuk Mahfuz Omar said Sirul Azhar Omar, who is currently in Australia, will speak to the press for about 15 minutes although the Pokok Sena MP said he does not know if the ex-corporal would divulge more details about the case during the teleconference “I don’t think he will make the expose then… but he will speak to the media and the media can ask him what they want. “It will be a 15 minute teleconference,” Mahfuz, who is PAS information chief, told Malay Mail Online.
I never admitted killing her, says Sirul
EXCLUSIVE The Federal Court has sentenced him to death, but former police commando Sirul Azhar Umar said that he never admitted to murdering Altantuya Shaariibuu. In a telephone conversation with Malaysiakini, he maintained that he had acted under orders and was being made a scapegoat. “There are no witnesses to the murder until today. All this is based on circumstantial evidence linking me (to the murder). “I understand that circumstantial evidence is not strong as direct evidence,” said the 43-year-old father of two. http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/289756?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter — Malay Mail Online
‘Rubbish’, Najib says of claim Sirul killed Altantuya under orders
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak described as “rubbish” today fugitive ex-police commando Sirul Azhar Umar’s latest claim that he was acting under orders when he killed Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu in 2006. The prime minister, who was asked for his response on the matter at MCA’s Chinese New Year open house here, did not comment further, however. “Utter rubbish,” he said, before leaving. Sirul is reportedly considering revealing why he and another former police commando shot dead the Mongolian model and blew her body up with explosives. http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/rubbish-najib-says-of-claim-sirul-killed-altantuya-under-orders —
” I was under orders. The important people with motive are still free” – Sirul
Malaysiakini 4:10PM Feb 18, 2015
Hunt them down, lawyer demands
The police should re-open their investigations into the gruesome murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu following the recent revelations made by convicted murderer Sirul Azhar Umar. Ramkarpal Singh, who is also a lawyer for the family of the slain Mongolian, said it is the duty of the police to re-open the investigations, especially in light of Sirul’s expose. The new probe should focus on who instructed the two police commandos to kill Altantuya, Ramkarpal said, given Sirul’s revelation that he was under orders and the people with the motive to murder are free. “These are no ordinary revelations that can be ignored. The people have the right to know who directed the assassination,” he said in a statement. Ramkarpal, who is also Bukit Gelugor MP, described the murder as the most gruesome and highly publicised, and claimed it was a fact that Sirul did not even know Altantuya. “Having been convicted by the Federal Court recently, both Sirul and Azilah seem to be at the centre of a much larger scenario, which forms the narrative of this murder,” he said. “Although the Federal Court found the duo guilty, beyond reasonable doubt, for the murder of Altantuya, the matter does not come to an end as a result of the said conviction if evidence subsequently emerges implicating others, such as in this case.” http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/289678?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter — Malaysiakini 4:22PM Feb 18, 2015
IGP: No new Altantuya probe unless Sirul talks
The police do not intend to re-open investigations into the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder unless convicted former police commando Sirul Azhar Umar divulges new information regarding the case. “We do not see any reason to conduct a new probe into the case because of instigation of certain parties. “We will see first what he (Sirul) will reveal,” Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said at a press conference today. … Meanwhile, Khalid said it was it was “illogical” for Sirul to reveal new information about the case now when he had refused to disclose such information when the investigation was on-going before. “Why does he want to talk about all this only now? “When he did not say anything the last time, why does he want to bring up new things on the case only now,” Khalid questioned. Khalid also suspected “self-seeking parties” of trying to sway Sirul into stating erroneous facts about the case for their own gain. http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/289682 —
… Malaysiakini 3:19PM Feb 18, 2015
Sirul: I did as told, and this is what I get
EXCLUSIVE Former police commando Sirul Azhar Umar is a vexed man. In carrying out the ‘hit’ on Altantuya Shaariibuu, he is adamant that he was following orders meant to safeguard the interest of the nation. For that, he now faces the death sentence. “If I die today, I would not find peace as I did what I was told and this is what I get in return,” he told Malaysiakini in a recent telephone conversation from Australia. Sirul, who was convicted together with another former police commando Azilah Hadri for the murder of Altantuya, is also dissatisfied with the country’s legal system. He felt that deputy superintendent Musa Safri, who was his superior and former aide de camp of Najib Abdul Razak, who was then deputy prime minister, should have been put on the witness stand by the prosecution. … In the telephone conversation this week, Sirul reiterated that he was made a “scapegoat” in the grisly murder, where Altantuya was shot in the head and her remains blown up with military-grade explosives. He is also distressed by political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda’s claim in an interview last month that “rogue policemen” were responsible for Altantuya’s death in 2006. …
http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/289672 — Malaysiakini 2:25PM Feb 18, 2015
PAS sorting out visa for Sirul’s mum
PAS is in the process of sorting out the visa application for Piah Samad so that she can visit her son, former police commando Sirul Azhar Umar, in Australia. Speaking to Malaysiakini, party information chief Mahfuz Omar said Piah’s international passport is ready and they are now looking into purchasing the flight ticket. “I will inform you (the media) when the process is ready. It is almost finished,” he added. Besides this, Mahfuz said he too has contacted Sirul, who is currently being held at an Immigration and Border Protection Department facility in Sydney, several times via the phone. He added that it was up to Sirul whether he wants to reveal who ordered him and another former police commando Azilah Hadri to kill Altantuya Shaariibuu. http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/289664?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter —
Read Malaysiakini’s exclusive interview with Sirul Azhar, convicted of murdering Altantuya. http://m.malaysiakini.com/news/289592
Sirul mulls revealing all on Altantuya murder
- Published on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 13:42
KUALA LUMPUR: Former police commando Sirul Azhar Umar who is being detained by the Australian authorities has refused to return to the country to face his punishment, Malay daily Sinar Harian reported. His lawyer Hasnal Rezua Merican who is now in Sydney, Australia said he had met his client to discuss on how to handle his current situation. “Sirul said he does not want to come back. Whoever is in his situation would also say the same thing,” Hasnul was quoted in the daily. He said in his meet, the issue of extradition was not discussed. http://www.malaysiandigest.com/news/539631-altantuya-case-ex-commando-sirul-refuses-to-return-lawyer.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter — NOPE, LIFE IN OZ ISN’T REALLY SO GOOD AFTER ALL… Star
Saturday January 24, 2015 MYT 10:31:14 AM
Sirul transferred to Sydney detention centre, says ABC report
PETALING JAYA: Former police commando Sirul Azhar Umar has reportedly been transferred to prison in Sydney although several earlier reports stated that he had been released. Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported Friday night that Sirul, 43, has been transferred to the maximum security section of the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre in Sydney. … It is believed that Sirul had been living with his 19-year-old son, identified as Shuk Sz after he made several Facebook postings recently, and another relative in Ipswich, Queensland, for several months, after entering the country using a valid passport and visa last year http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/01/24/Sirul-whereabouts-report/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter — LIFE IN OZ SEEMS PRETTY GOOD FOR SIRUL, DOESN’T IT? Malaysia Chronicle Friday, 23 January 2015 11:00
Australia releases Sirul but WITHHOLDS passport – Wisma Putra
KUALA LUMPUR – Australian authorities have released former police commando Sirul Azhar Umar who is convicted of murdering Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu, but have withheld his passport, Wisma Putra has said. Local daily New Straits Times reported today an unnamed Wisma Putra spokesman as saying that Australian authorities were monitoring Sirul’s movements despite his release. “His passport is being held, but Australian Immigration released him on certain conditions, including having to come forward if required by the authorities there,” the spokesman was quoted saying. http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=446731:australia-releases-sirul-but-withholds-passport-wisma-putra&Itemid=2&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter …
“At the present time, he has been released but his passport has been seized by the Australian authorities and given a conditional card stating that he is free to move around. “Sirul must be present if called by the authorities at any time,” the daily quoted an unnamed official from Wisma Putra as saying. However, when Malaysiakini checked with the Australian Immigration and Border Department, it was indicated that Sirul was still under detention. http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/287139 …
Wednesday January 21, 2015 MYT 3:35:45 PM
IGP: Sirul being held at Immigration detention centre in Queensland
KUALA LUMPUR: Former police commando Sirul Azhar Umar has been detained in Queensland by Australian police. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar confirmed that Sirul, who was convicted of murdering Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu, was detained on Tuesday morning. “He is now currently being held at an Immigration detention centre. “We will contact our Australian counterpart for further details,” he said when contacted on Wednesday. Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that Sirul, 43, was taken into custody by immigration officials in Brisbane overnight after an Interpol red notice was issued. http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/01/21/IGP-confirmation-on-Sirul/ — Paulsen tweeted, “Can the AG & PDRM explain what is the motive for Sirul & Azilah to kill Altantuya? Who instructed/paid them & got away scot free?” Free Malaysia Today
Paulsen still defiant, tells Sirul its time to tell all
PETALING JAYA: Human rights lawyer and co-founder of Lawyers for Liberty, Eric Paulsen, has told convicted murderer Sirul Azhar Umar, that the time has come for him to “tell all”, now. In his latest tweet, Paulsen said, “Sirul – your backers have abandoned u. Time to tell all?” … In referring to the Australian government’s refusal to cooperate with Malaysian authorities to extradite Sirul, Paulsen tweeted, “Sirul committed murder, hardly a political offence requiring asylum although it was politically convenient for whoever paid/instructed him.” He also had this advice for the Australians: “Australia needs to reassess its asylum/extradition laws – bizarre situation where convicted killer Sirul treated better than asylum seekers.” He also attacked the police earlier, saying they were wasting time on political matters rather than keeping their eye on wanted criminals. In his tweet, Paulsen said, “The police instead of wasting resources on political matters should be doing real police work eg monitoring Sirul’s whereabouts.” The lawyer was most likely referring to his arrest last week for a tweet he sent out about Jakim and their sermons at Friday prayers. He also tweeted, “Who will be held responsible for Sirul’s escape to Australia? As usual, no one.” http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2015/01/19/paulsen-still-defiant-tells-sirul-its-time-to-tell-all/ — WILL THE TRUTH BE KNOWN? During the trial at the High Court in Shah Alam, Sirul had caused a stir when he claimed that he was being made into a “scapegoat” to “protect their plans”. Kamarul Hisham had then suggested that his client could have been framed for the murder of the Mongolian national. Malaysiakini 7:30PM Jan 19, 2015
Conviction opens can of worms, says Sirul’s lawyer
Former police commando Sirul Azhar Umar’s conviction has ‘opened a can of worms’ with regard to the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu, says his lawyer Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin. While he respects the Federal Court verdict, Kamarul Hisham said, the problem was that the motive was not established. “My client’s conviction has opened a ‘can of worms’ as to what the motive of the murder was. “The motive was not established against my client (whether in the in High Court, Court of Appeal or the Federal Court),” he said when met on the sidelines of another case today. The lawyer, one of three who represented Sirul, said the evidence showed that calls and text messages were made among political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, DSP Musa Safri and the first accused Azilah Hadri from three days before the incident. This, Kamarul Hisham said, took place right up to the night of the murder in late 2006. “Who gave, and what were, the alleged instructions? Why was DSP Musa not called to testify?” he queried, referring to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s former aide de camp. The lawyer said these are the questions which are being debated by the public. Kamarul Hisham had, at the Court of Appeal and Federal Court, questioned the prosecution’s move not to call DSP Musa/ The Court of Appeal said in its judgment that the non-calling of the former aide-de-camp had resulted in a serious misdirection of the case. http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/286791 — — WILL JUSTICE BE SERVED ON SIRUL? SIRUL MUST HAVE KNOWN THAT IT WOULD BE NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE TO GET HIM EXTRADITED FROM AUSTRALIA. He has been there since November 2014. Malaysiakini photo — Former police commandos Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, 39, and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 43, were sentenced to death by hanging for the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaaribuu. Sirul, however, had failed to appear in the Federal Court which sentenced him and former chief inspector Azilah Hadri, 38, to death for the October 2006 murder of Altantuya, then 26. The court has issued a warrant for his arrest. Sirul is said to be in Australia. He has been there since November 2014. ALTANTUYA: Killers to hang by the neck until they’re dead! — WHAT SOME READERS SAY… 8:53AM Jan 18, 2015 Malaysiakini
PTPTN defaulter can’t leave M’sia, but Sirul can
Ong: Strange that someone facing a murder charge is able to leave the country so easily? And what a coincidence that he should be holidaying in a country from which he will not be extradited for legal reasons. Is it possible, or even likely, that his trip was actually organised and arranged by people familiar with legal systems and requirements on extradition? … Rayfire: I’m curious, a defaulter of the PTPTN (National Higher Education Fund) loan is prevented from leaving the country, but a murder suspect under trial can? It seems to me like it is a pre-planned escape to help the guy who was vocal about being framed as a scapegoat. So he is now given a new lease of life. Who is the actual instigator of these actions? The whole world wants to know. … Ngse: We are all focussing on the legal intricacies of extradition arrangements… but my question is what visa has he been granted when he travelled to Australia? Social, business, work or student? Given his background, most likely social, which is valid for three months. So let’s wait for further developments. Even as someone who has “more contributable value”, I would have difficulty remaining in Australia. Has he been granted some kind of asylum? Paul Warren: Firstly, the Australians must ask how Sirul managed to get a passport to travel. They have to remember it is the same immigration authority that had deleted Altantuya Shaariibuu’s and her friend’s immigration record of their travel to Malaysia. Was Sirul being favoured with a passport and given a way out? http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/286647 — R Sri Sanjeeva, “I personally would like to offer him a free return ticket to Malaysia from Australia.” 2:00PM Jan 17, 2015
MyWatch chief offers Sirul free ticket home
MyWatch chairperson R Sri Sanjeevan said since Sirul, who for unknown reasons managed to leave the country while under bail, cited financial difficulties in securing a ticket home from Australia, he is willing to foot the bill. “I personally would like to offer him a free return ticket to Malaysia from Australia. “If the reason cited by the lawyer is true and if he doesn’t have the intention of escaping the Federal Court’s judgment then I’m certain he would accept this offer and return home to face the court’s judgment,” said Sanjeevan in a statement today. He said the excuse of financial difficulty for missing the Federal Court hearing was “totally unacceptable”. The prominent crimebuster expressed “deepest disappointment” that Sirul had been allowed to jump bail while his murder acquittal was under appeal. How did Sirul leave? Sanjeevan said Sirul should have been closely monitored after his release on bail. “How is that possible for a murder case suspect in such a high-profile case leave the country without even being noticed? “This is something that must be investigated and we should be ashamed of the inefficiency of our authorities,” he said. http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/286610 — Star
Saturday January 17, 2015 MYT 7:19:38 AM
Australia wants assurance Sirul will not be sent to the gallows
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia will have to convince Australia that former police commando Sirul Azhar Umar will not be sent to the gallows before the country will agree to send him back, said a spokesman for Australia’s Attorney-General’s Department. “Australia’s extradition legislation does not allow a person to be surrendered to another country for an offence punishable by death unless the country has given Australia an undertaking that the death penalty will not be carried out on the person,” the official said in an e-mail response to The Star. Sirul faces the gallows in Malaysia over the murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu. The spokesman said that as a matter of longstanding practice, the Australian government did not comment publicly on extradition matters, including whether it has received an extradition request, until the person is a http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/01/17/Australia-wants-assurance-Sirul-will-not-be-sent-to-the-gallows/ — Malaysiakini 10:11AM Jan 16, 2015
Sirul poses diplomatic dilemma, says QC
The case of Sirul Azhar Umar poses a diplomatic dilemma for both Malaysia and Australia, says Queen’s Counsel Mark Trowell of Australia. Trowell noted that though both countries shared good ties, Australian law does not allow the deportation of a person facing the death sentence in his or her home country. “Unless Malaysia undertakes not to execute him, we would not send him back. For example, if it undertakes that he would face life imprisonment only. “In that case, there would be no impediment to extraditing him back to Malaysia,” Trowell said in an email communique to Malaysiakini. He also saw no reason why Sirul would not be allowed to stay in Australia and that if he is indeed to be deported, it is likely that it would not be back to Malaysia. … Commenting further, the Queen’s Counsel pointed out that Australia has not had the death penalty since 1967. “The extradition law prohibits the attorney-general surrendering a person for extradition where he or she has substantial grounds to believe the death penalty may be imposed on the person to be extradited. “Under Section 22, of the Australian Extradition Act, the attorney-general may order that person to be surrendered if an undertaking is given by the extradition country to Australia that the death penalty imposed on the person, will not be carried out,” he added further. http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/286474?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed — IS THIS TRUE? Is it true that Australia has refused to extradite Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar? The Sydney Morning Herald said yesterday Australia would face a diplomatic dilemma as Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is against the death penalty.
Australia not sending Altantuya killer Sirul to Malaysia for hanging http://bit.ly/1IAdCar
Australia not sending Altantuya’s killer Sirul to Malaysia for hanging
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 15 ― Australia has refused Malaysia’s request to extradite Sirul Azhar Umar who was sentenced to death for killing Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu. Australian paper Sydney Morning Herald reported today an unnamed Australian Attorney-General’s Department spokesman as saying that Australia’s extradition legislation prohibited someone from being sent back to another country for an offence punishable by death, unless that country pledged not to carry out a death sentence. The daily reported that Malaysian police have requested their Australian counterparts to arrest and extradite Sirul, one of the two former police commandos who are now facing the gallows after the Federal Court overturned Tuesday their acquittal over Altantuya’s murder. The paper said yesterday Australia would face a diplomatic dilemma as Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is against the death penalty. “Australia opposes the death penalty. We oppose the death penalty for Australians at home and abroad,” Abbott was quoted saying in reference to Australian Myuran Sukumaran, a drug mule on death row who was denied clemency by Indonesia. According to Sydney Morning Herald, Australia signed an extradition treaty with Malaysia in 2006. http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/australia-not-sending-altantuya-killer-sirul-to-malaysia-for-hanging — WHERE IS SIRUL? Star
Wednesday January 14, 2015 MYT 6:05:49 PM
Police: Sirul left for Australia in October
KUALA LUMPUR: Kpl Sirul Azhar Umar, one of two former Special Action Unit officers convicted of the murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu in 2006, left for Australia in October last year, police have confirmed. This was confirmed by Kuala Lumpur CID chief Datuk Mohmad Salleh after checking the Malaysian Immigration Department records. “To date, the Malaysian Immigration Department has confirmed that he went abroad, namely Australia. He went there in October last year. “We will liase with the Australian Federal Police if he is there, but if he has left for other destinations, we will liase with Interpol to arrest him. “We will definitely seek the cooperation of the international police,” he said when contacted by Bernama Wednesday. http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/01/14/Sirul-in-Australia/ ————————————————————————————————————–