Sirul Azhar's mother, sister Off To Australia

Sirul Azhar's mother, sister Off To Australia

Sirul Azhar Umar's mother, Piah Samad, 73, left for Australia this evening with the hope of meeting with the former Special Action Unit (UTK) member, who is reportedly being detained in an Immigration centre in Sydney.

The wheelchair-bound Piah was accompanied by her daughter Noriatin Umar, 36, and five other individuals including PAS information chief, Datuk Mahfuz Omar.

When met at the KL International Airport (KLIA), Piah and Noriatin chose to remain silent, in fact, news of the trip to Sydney was communicated by Mahfuz.

According to Mahfuz, they would be in Sydney until March 6.

Mahfuz said among items brought with them were a pair of size-eight sports shoes requested by Sirul.

Sirul Azhar and Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri were charged with murdering Altantuya in 2006 and convicted by the High Court in 2009.

On Aug 23, 2013, the Court of Appeal allowed the appeals brought by Azilah and Sirul and acquitted them.

On Jan 13, the Federal Court set aside their acquittal and sentenced the duo to death by hanging.

However, Sirul Azhar was not present in court to hear the verdict as he was in Australia. Subsequently the Federal Court issued a warrant of arrest for him.

On Jan 16, the local media cited a report from Sydney Morning Herald that the Australian government would not meet the Malaysian government's request seeking for Sirul Azhar's extradition.

This was because it involved the death penalty and Australia are among countries that do not provide for capital punishment in its laws.



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