Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Citing safety reasons, Australia imposes tighter screening for Sirul

The Australian Border Force has imposed tighter screening measures for murder convict Sirul Azhar Umar, reports The Australian. The daily said Sirul (pic) was being held alone in a double room and Canberra officials, rather than centre manager Serco, are vetting his visitors – subjecting them to full ­security screenings and running names through the government's extensive intelligence holdings. "The extraordinary measures come amid fears Sirul – who has applied for a protection visa – could be subjected to harm or threats." Sirul and former police VIP bodyguard, Azilah Hadri, were convicted of killing Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaariibuu and blowing up her body with military explosives in a secondary jungle on a hill near Shah Alam in 2006. Both face the death sentence, with Azilah being held on death row in prison and Sirul confined to an Australian immigration detention facility. News portal Malaysiakini recently published a series of videos by Sirul, in one of which he indicated his intention to reveal the names of those who purportedly attempted to bribe or coax him into implicating Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in the murder of Altantuya. A source, who is said to possess the alleged video, apparently told the news portal that five names were mentioned. In February last year, Sirul reportedly said he was under orders to kill Altantuya, and that the "real" murderers were still free. – February 17, 2016.]]>

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