Malaysia wants man extradited

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Policemen Azilah Hadri (2nd L) and Sirul Azhar Umar (2nd R) arrive at the courthouse in Shah Alam outside Kuala Lumpur January 15, 2009. Hadri and Umar on Thursday began their defence after being accused of murdering Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia may revoke the death sentence on fugitive policeman Sirul Azhar Umar, convicted of the 2006 murder of a Mongolian model, to facilitate his extradition from Australia, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said. Sirul and another police officer, Azilah Hadri, were sentenced to death after being found guilty in the murder of 28-year-old Altantuya Shaariibuu, linked to a former associate of former prime minister Najib Razak. Sirul was arrested and held in an Australian immigration detention centre since January 2015, after fleeing Malaysia shortly before the verdict was announced.

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