Malaysian PM Mahathir to discuss extradition of ex-cop involved in Mongolian murder case with Aussie minister

Former policeman Sirul Azhar Umar’s extradition will be discussed with Australia in an upcoming meeting, said Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.
Former policeman Sirul Azhar Umar’s extradition will be discussed with Australia in an upcoming meeting, said Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad will seek Australia's position on the extradition of former policeman Sirul Azhar Umar of the Mongolian murder case during his upcoming meeting with its foreign minister Julie Bishop this week.

"I want to know Australia's position on this issue," he told reporters at the Parliament lobby on Monday (July 30).

He said the meeting was not specifically to discuss the Sirul issue, but he would bring up the matter.

Ms Bishop will be in Malaysia for a diplomatic visit from Tuesday to Thursday.

Dr Mahathir had previously said that the death sentence imposed on Sirul might be commuted to allow Australia to extradite the former policeman back to Malaysia.

Ms Altantuya, 28, was killed and her body blown up with explosives at a secondary jungle just outside Kuala Lumpur in October 2006.

Together with his colleague Azilah Hadri, Sirul was convicted of murdering Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu and sentenced to death in 2009.

 

The Court of Appeal overturned their death sentences in 2013, but it was reinstated by the Federal Court after the prosecution appealed.

However, Sirul fled to Australia and was detained by immigration officials in Sydney after Interpol issued a Red Notice for him. He has been held at the Villawood Detention Camp in Sydney since 2015.

Malaysian police said in June that they were re-opening investigations into case.