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Malaysian killer of top Australian surgeon paroled

Published on Sep 19, 2012 2:13 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - A man who shot dead one of Australia's top heart surgeons was granted parole on Wednesday after serving 21 years in jail and will be deported to Malaysia on his release.

Chiew Seng Liew, 69, was one of two men jailed over the fatal shooting in 1991 of renowned doctor Victor Chang during a failed extortion attempt.

His co-offender Phillip Lim Choon Tee, who provided the gun, was released in 2010 and the ailing Liew, who pulled the trigger, will be set free in coming weeks, the New South Wales State Parole Authority ruled.

Liew has advanced Parkinson's disease and his lawyer reportedly told the court that his client would likely be unfit to be travel, and hence unable to be deported, if not released urgently.

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