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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Australia increases security for Sirul

PETALING JAYA - Australian authorities have stepped up security for Sirul Azhar Umar, who is currently under detention in Sydney, The Australian reported today.

This after a series of videos surfaced in recent weeks showing the convicted murderer recanting his previous allegations pertaining to the killing of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu in 2006.

According to the report, Australian Border Force officials were personally vetting all visitors to Sirul, subjecting them to full ­security screenings and running their names through the government’s extensive intelligence holdings.

Sirul is being held alone in a room at the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre.

“The extraordinary measures come amid fears Sirul — who has applied for a protection visa — could be subjected to harm or threats.

“Australian officials believe the videos were shot before Sirul arrived at Villawood in January last year,” said the report.

Sirul was also sentenced to death last year, along with Azilah Hadri, after the Federal Court reversed the 2013 acquittal of the duo, over Altantuya’s murder.

The former police commando however, had fled to Australia on a tourist visa before the verdict was reinstated.

Malaysia has an extradition treaty with Australia, but the latter does not recognise the death penalty and therefore has refused to extradite Sirul to Malaysia.

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