PETALING JAYA: Malaysian lawyers representing former police commando Sirul Azhar Umar (pic) are currently in Australia to try to get their client released from a detention centre in Sydney, where he is being held.
“The plan is to try and work something to get him out of the detention centre,” said Sirul’s lawyer Hasnal Rezua, when contacted by The Star Online on Tuesday.
Hasnal added that he was currently in Australia with another member of Sirul’s legal team, Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin.
“We arrived on Sunday and we will be back in Malaysia on Thursday.
â€œAnd I would say that some of what we set out to do has been done in Australia, the rest we can do from Malaysia,” said Hasnal.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported last Friday that Sirul, 43, had been transferred to the maximum-security section of the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre in Sydney.
Sirul and former colleague Azilah Hadri was convicted and sentenced to death on Jan 13 for the murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu.
He was detained last Tuesday by Australian immigration officials after an Interpol red notice was issued.
According to ABC, the former commando was living with family members west of Brisbane when he was detained.
It is believed that Sirul had been living with his 19-year-old son and another relative in Ipswich, Queensland, for several months, after entering the country using a valid passport and visa last year.-The Star