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Australia to extradite Malaysian ex-PM’s bodyguard who killed model

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AUSTRALIAN authorities will extradite Sirul Azhar Omar, the former prime ministerial bodyguard convicted of the murder of a Mongolian model in a scandal that rocked ex-premier Najib Razak’s leadership, according to a UK newspaper.

A source told The Guardian that Australia had approved the Malaysian government’s request for Sirul to be brought back to his home country after Malaysia agreed to pay for the costs. The extradition will likely take place in a month.

The move is seen as an indication that Malaysia was looking to reopen the case of 28-year-old Altantuya Shaariibuu’s death, which sparked various controversies, including accusations that Najib was linked to the gruesome murder.

Sirul had earlier sought asylum in Australia but was detained by immigration authorities. Australia also refused various requests for Sirul to be extradited to Malaysia as he faced capital punishment. However, the........

© Asian Correspondent