GEORGE TOWN: The Government will consider filing a case in the Australian courts should the country refuse to extradite former Special Action Unit (UTK) officer Kpl Sirul Azhar Umar who faces the gallows in Malaysia for the murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the Government strongly feels that Sirul should be extradited since he has been convicted by the Federal Court.
â€œThe Australian Government should not interfere with the judiciary of Malaysia.
â€œAs far as we concerned, Sirul should be repatriated.
â€œWe will exhaust all channels, including bringing the matter to the Australian court should the need arise,â€ he said after a working visit to the state police contingent headquarters here, Friday.
It was earlier reported that Australia would refuse the extradition of the former UTK officer because it would violate the countryâ€™s laws of not sending home a person facing the death sentence.
Sirul is reported to have been in Australia since November.
His lawyer Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin had earlier said Sirul could have legally left the country before he was convicted.
He added that the prosecution had not applied to have Sirul remanded pending the disposal of the appeal in the Federal Court against his acquittal.
Sirul, 42, caused a stir when he failed to appear in the Federal Court to hear the verdict against him for murder, with news reports emerging that he was in Australia. Sentenced to death with him was C/Insp Azilah Hadri, 38.
The Federal Court has since issued a warrant for Sirulâ€™s arrest.-The Star Online