The Straits Times
Published on Oct 13, 2012

Killer of top Australian heart surgeon back in Malaysia


KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - A Malaysian man who killed one of Australia's top heart surgeons more than two decades ago has been deported back to Malaysia after being released from jail early, an official said on Saturday.

Chiew Seng Liew, one of two men jailed over the fatal 1991 shooting of Victor Chang during a failed extortion attempt, arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport early Saturday, a senior immigration official said.

Liew, 69, was released from a Sydney jail on Friday after serving 21 years of his 26-year sentence, ahead of his daughter's wedding, which is reportedly due to take place next Saturday.

Last month the parole board in the state of New South Wales agreed to free Liew, who has advanced Parkinson's disease, after his lawyers argued that he would soon be unfit to travel and unable to be deported back to Malaysia.