Anggota Unit Tindakan Khas (UTK) Koperal Sirul Azhar Umar sudah ditahan oleh pegawai imigresen di Queensland, Australia atas sabitan kes bunuh Altantuya Shaariibuu, lapor media Australia, ABC News hari ini.
Sirul Azhar ditahan semalaman di Brisbane selepas Interpol mengeluarkan notis merah terhadap anggota UTK itu yang dijatuhi hukuman gantung atas sabitan kes bunuh pada 2006.
Notis merah Interpol bermaksud usaha mencari serta menangkap individu yang dikehendaki tersebut akan dilakukan oleh suatu bidang kuasa kehakiman atau tribunal antarabangsa, dengan tujuan untuk mengekstradisi.
Difahamkan Sirul Azhar masih ditahan pegawai imigresen Queensland tetapi tidak dapat dipastikan sama ada mereka bersedia untuk menyerah balik beliau ke Malaysia.
Ex-bodyguard to Malaysian PM detained in Queensland after death sentence over model's murder
A former bodyguard of the Malaysian prime minister has been detained in Queensland after being sentenced to death for the murder of a model in his home country.
Sirul Azhar Umar was taken into custody by immigration officials in Brisbane overnight after an Interpol red notice was issued.
The 43-year-old has been sentenced to death in Malaysia over the murder of 28-year-old Mongolian model and interpreter Altantuya Shaariibuu.
During the original trial it was revealed Ms Altantuya told Sirul Azhar she was pregnant before she was shot in the head near Kuala Lumpur.
The 28-year-old's body was blown up with military-grade explosives in a jungle clearing, leaving only shattered bone fragments as evidence.
It has long been alleged Ms Altantuya was murdered because of her connections to high-level Malaysian government officials.
Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak has repeatedly denied any knowledge of the killing.
It is understood Sirul Azhar is currently being held in immigration detention after arriving in Australia on a valid passport last October.
Australia signed an extradition treaty with Malaysia in 2006 but is unlikely to deport Sirul Azhar because he faces the death penalty.
Sirul Azhar and a second officer convicted of the murder, Azilah Hadri, had been working for an elite police unit that protected the Malaysian prime minister and deputy prime minister.
In a drawn-out case, Sirul Azhar was sentenced in death in 2009 but was acquitted on appeal.
That decision was overturned last week and he again faces death by hanging.
Model allegedly knew about kick-backs to government officials
The case caused a political storm in Malaysia when it was alleged Ms Altantuya was murdered because she knew about kickbacks to high-level government officials.
Before her death Ms Altantuya was in a relationship with Abdul Razak Baginda, who was a close friend and adviser to Mr Najib.
Abdul Razak was accused of ordering police to kill his former lover, after she came to his family home to harass him for money.
He was acquitted of abetting her murder, and is now believed to be living in Britain.
Despite the Malaysian prime minister's repeated denials, allegations of Mr Najib's involvement have dogged the leader since 2006.
An official inquiry into the murder has never been conducted despite the Malaysian opposition's demands for an independent probe.
In 2008, Mr Najib told Foreign Correspondent he had never met Ms Altantuya.
"I do not know her at all and how can I be linked with her?" he said.
"I have said it in Parliament, I've said it in the mosque, I will say it over and over again: those allegations are totally unfounded."
When sentencing Sirul Azhar and Azilah Hadri in 2009, Malaysian High Court judge, Zaki Mohamad Yasin, told the court: "Each of them are blaming the other, they failed to raise reasonable doubt against the prosecution's case."
A spokeswoman for the immigration department confirmed an "unlawful non-citizen" had been detained in Brisbane.
The spokeswoman said in a statement that the department was aware of Malaysian authorities' interest in the case ~ ABC