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Wed Feb 20, 2019, 04:01 AM

Malaysian hitman faces deportation from Australia after losing asylum appeal

Source: The Guardian

Malaysian hitman faces deportation from Australia after losing asylum appeal

Sirul Azhar Umar, convicted of murder in Altantuya case, will be sent home if Malaysia abolishes death penalty

Kate Lyons
Wed 20 Feb 2019 03.11 GMT Last modified on Wed 20 Feb 2019 03.45 GMT

A bodyguard to former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak has had his claim for asylum rejected by Australia, and will face deportation to his home country if it abolishes the death penalty.

Sirul Azhar Umar was sentenced to death for the 2006 murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu, a Mongolian woman who was a translator for, and lover of, one of Najibís former associates, Razak Baginda.

Altantuya, who was pregnant, was abducted outside Bagindaís home and driven to a clearing on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, where she was shot and her body blown up using military-grade explosives.

Sirul, a former commando, was convicted with another officer and sentenced to death. But Sirul fled to Australia while on release pending an appeal. Australia has not returned him because he is facing the death penalty.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/20/malaysian-hitman-sirul-azhar-umar-faces-deportation-from-australia-after-losing-asylum-appeal

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