GEORGE TOWN: A meeting is being arranged between Shaariibuu Setev, the father of murdered Mongolian model Altantuya, and Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh, who is representing Setev, said this was in view of news that Sirul Azhar Umar, who was convicted of Altantuya’s murder, would be extradited to Malaysia.
“I am acting on behalf of Setev. I am in the process of arranging for him to come here to meet with Mahathir on matters pertaining to the murder of Altantuya.
“He will be coming to Malaysia in one or two weeks’ time,” Ramkarpal said today.
The lawyer said Mahathir would have the power to advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the setting up of a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) in relation to the murder of the Mongolian model.
“It is my hope that Attorney-General Tommy Thomas will consider reopening investigations into the murder of Altantuya.
“I believe someone ordered the killing, but this was not revealed during the trial,” he said.
British daily The Guardian reported that Australian authorities had approved Malaysia’s request to extradite the former police officer.
This was after Malaysia agreed to bear the cost of extradition and had assured that Sirul would be treated fairly on his return.
Canberra has confirmed the report.
“Australia looks forward to continuing and strengthening our productive and longstanding law enforcement cooperation with the government of Malaysia,” said a statement issued by the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur.
Ramkarpal said this was a positive development in their quest for justice for Altantuya.
“Since 2015 (when Sirul fled to Australia where he is now being held at a detention centre), I have raised the issue of extradition many times, asking whether Sirul will be extradited.
“Back then, the Barisan Nasional government had said it was in due process but nothing happened.
“I am very happy to hear this good news. It will not end here,” he said.
Altantuya, 28, was believed to have been shot dead before her body was blown up with explosives at a secondary forest near the Subang Dam in Puncak Alam, Shah Alam in 2006.
In 2009, Sirul and Azilah were convicted of murdering Altantuya and were sentenced to death.
The Court of Appeal overturned their sentences in 2013 but upon the prosecution’s appeal, they were upheld by the Federal Court.
Sirul fled to Australia where he was detained by the Australian Immigration after Interpol issued a red notice on him.
He has been at the detention centre since 2015, where he is hoping to get asylum.