KUALA LUMPUR, May 20 — Former police commando Sirul Azhar Umar’s demand for complete absolution in return for divulging information on the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu was “downright insulting”, said DAP’s Ramkarpal Singh.
The Bukit Gelugor MP condemned the fugitive murder convict for his purported “offer” as reported by the Malaysiakini news portal, saying it demonstrated Sirul’s lack of remorse for killing the Mongolian model.
Among others, he pointed out that Sirul has previously attested to killing others besides Altantuya on orders, saying this showed the Mongolian was clearly not his only victim.
The lawyer suggested that it would be better for Putrajaya to assure Canberra that Sirul would not be put to death here over the murder conviction, noting that the only obstacle to extraditing him was his capital punishment here for killing Altantuya.
“If the said death penalty is commuted to life imprisonment, the Australian government will most certainly deport him to Malaysia to serve his sentence here,” he said in a statement.
He said Sirul could be “compelled” to share the information he claims to know, once he is back in Malaysia.
Ramkarpal also expressed doubt over how much Sirul knew of the events leading to murder, suggesting that a former aide-de-camp to Datuk Seri Najib Razak by the name of Musa Safri would be a more credible source of the information.
“The fact remains that Sirul and Azilah murdered Altantuya in the most grotesque of circumstances,” Ramkarpal said.
“As such, Sirul is certainly in no position to bargain his way out of paying for such a tragedy and he must be deported to Malaysia in the manner suggested above to once and for all put a close to the mystery of who ordered the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu.”
In 2008, police commandos Sirul and Azilah Hadri were charged with murdering Altantuya and subsequently convicted by the High Court in 2009.
In 2013, the appellate court had acquitted both men, but the Federal Court reversed the acquittal last January and sentenced both to death.
Sirul fled the country for Australia prior to the Federal Court decision and remains in custody there.
Altantuya had been linked to Abdul Razak Baginda, a former Najib aide who brokered the deal for Malaysia to buy two Scorpene-class submarines from French defence firm DCNS while Najib was defence minister.