28 March 2016 | MYT 9:21 AM
Australian Immigration: Sirul videos not filmed inside detention centre
PETALING JAYA: Australia found no evidence that former police commando, Sirul Azhar Umar (pic), had filmed or distributed videos from within the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre (VIDC), where he is being detained.
“The generalised nature of the statements made, including references to ‘immigration and legal processes’ are consistent with those underway immediately prior to Sirul Azhar’s entry to detention,” the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection said in a statement on the 60 Minutes programme’s website on Sunday.
It said the personal appearance of Sirul Azhar, convicted in the murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu, and the presence of the clothing, backdrop, and seating features in the videos do not exist in the centre.
“There was no evidence to suggest visitors could have smuggled in clothing and backdrops to allow the making of the videos.
“Such activity would be inconsistent with screening processes and supervision arrangements for visits to the centre,” the statement added.
Sirul Azhar fled to Australia before the Federal Court sentenced him to death in 2014. Australia has said it will not approve any request to extradite him unless Malaysia guarantees he would not face execution.
In the videos, Sirul Azhar denied Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s involvement in the Altantunya murder and that the Mongolian woman was pregnant.
The Department had also conducted a review of video surveillance of visits with Sirul Azhar but found nothing.
Therefore, it concluded that because of those evidence, “it supports its investigation that the video was made between the time of the Malaysian Federal Court decision and the time Sirul Azhar entered immigration detention.”