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Convicted Malaysian cop Sirul Azhar Umar breaks silence about death of model Altantuya Shaariibuu

modelA Malaysian police commander sentenced to hang in Kuala Lumpur has broken his silence from Sydney’s Villawood detention centre, saying he was ordered to kill a Mongolian socialite at the centre of high-level corruption allegations in Malaysia.

Sirul Azhar Umar said he was acting under orders when he twice shot glamorous 28-year-old translator Altantuya Shaariibuu in the head as she begged for the life of her unborn child and then wrapped her body with military explosives and blew her up.

“I was under orders. The important people with motive are still free,” Sirul, a former bodyguard of Malaysia’s prime minister Najib Razak, told the Malaysiakini news portal by telephone.


“It is not like I do not love the police (force) or the country, but I acted under orders,” he said.

Sirul told Malaysiakini he has been negotiating a tell-all interview with Australian television stations where he is considering revealing why he and police colleague Azilah Hadri killed Ms Shaariibuu in a jungle patch on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.

“I haven’t decided (on whether) to do the interview,” he said.

Allegations have simmered for eight years that Ms Shaariibuu was murdered to keep her quiet about purported kick-backs to high-level Malaysian officials over the US$2 billion purchase of two French and Spanish-built Scorpene submarines when Mr Najib was defence minister.

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Source: SMH