Sirul released, movements monitored


Convicted killer Sirul Azhar Umar has been released from immigration detention but Australian authorities are monitoring his movements.

(Free Malaysia Today) – A spokesperson from Wisma Putra has confirmed that convicted killer and former police commando Sirul Azhar Umar has been released from the Australian Immigration centre where he was detained after his arrest in Brisbane Tuesday.

According to the New Straits Times, the spokesperson said, “His passport is being held, but Australian Immigration released him on certain conditions, including having to come forward if required by the authorities there.”

Sirul, whose movements are being monitored by Australian authorities, is wanted back in Malaysia to face a death sentence for the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu in 2006.

Malaysia is currently in a tussle with the Australian government who are refusing to return Sirul because of the death penalty hanging over his head. Australia does not believe in capital punishment.

In an earlier report, a spokesman for Australia’s Attorney-General’s Department said, “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.”