Anti-climatic teleconference with Sirul ends with 15 phone calls in voicemail


(Malay Mail Online) – A highly-anticipated scheduled teleconference today with Sirul Azhar Omar that promised an explosive exposé on the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu failed after phone calls from the organiser PAS landed in the former policeman’s voicemail.

PAS information chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar said he had last spoke with the former police commando through a text message at 10.44am to confirm the teleconference.

However, Mahfuz made a total of 15 phone calls, all of which failed to connect.

After apologising to the dozens of media who came to PAS’ headquarters, Mahfuz said he would fly to Sydney on Monday next week to seek more answers from Sirul.

The Pokok Sena MP called off the press conference after about 45 minutes as reporters peppered him with questions on the authenticity of his communications with Sirul.

Claiming he had been acting under orders, Sirul has been reported to be mulling a tell-all on why he and another former colleague with the Special Action Unit Azilah Hadri shot dead the Mongolian model and blew up her body with explosives.

Sirul and the former police chief inspector were charged with the murder of 28-year-old Altantuya in 2006 and convicted in 2009.

They were freed after the appellate court acquitted them in 2013, but the Federal Court reversed the acquittal last month and sent them back to hang, marking the end to the eight-year saga.

Sirul was a no-show during the Federal Court hearing and it was later revealed that he is in Australia.

Malaysia has been seeking to extradite him home to face his sentencing.

He is currently held at a maximum security detention centre as Australia’s laws forbid its government from sending criminals to countries that have the death penalty.