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Sirul Had The chance To Confess And He Blew It, IGP Says

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KUALA LUMPUR: It is uncertain why former police commando Sirul Azhar Umar only now wants to “tell all” when he had three different stages in his trial to do just that, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

Khalid expressed concern that quarters with vested interest in the case may influence Sirul to lie.

“I think the society can make their own judgment on the matter. He was silent all this while. Why choose only now to tell all?

“I worry that certain quarters with vested interest in the matter are trying to influence him into lying,” he added.

Khalid said that these people are capitalising on Australia’s extradition laws, which do not allow the country to send home a person who has been sentenced to death until assurances are given that the capital punishment will not be applied.

“We will not be pressured by these quarters to start a new investigation into the case as it is unnecessary,” he told reporters at the launching of Ops Selamat on Wednesday.

Sirul and former C/Insp Azilah Hadri were charged with killing Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu in 2006 and convicted of the crime by the High Court in 2009.

On Aug 23, 2013, the Court of Appeal freed Azilah and Sirul Azhar, following an appeal.

On Jan 13, this year, the Federal Court set aside the Court of Appeal ruling and restored the death sentence.

Sirul was not present in court to hear the sentence.

He is believed to have gone to Australia and entered the country on a tourist visa and a valid passport last year.

He was detained on Jan 20 by Australian immigration officials after an Interpol red notice was issued.

The former commando is currently being held at the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre in Sydney.-The Star

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