PETALING JAYA – Fugitive police commando Sirul Azhar Umar’s application for a protection visa is likely to be denied by Australia’s Department Immigration and Border Protection.
The convicted murderer has until Monday to offer any additional information that might sway the decision in his favour and allow him to be released into the community, the Australian newspaper reported today.
His application would be denied on the ground he committed a non-political crime before entering Australia in October 2014.
According to the report, a July 31 letter addressed to Sirul at Villawood Detention Centre says the department has received “unfavourable information which does not support your application”, related to his role in the 2006 murder of Mongolian translator and mother of two Altantuya Shaaribuu, 28.
The Federal Court found both him and another former police commando, Azilah Hadri, guilty of the high-profile 2006 murder.
Sirul fled to Brisbane in 2014 as the Federal Court considered whether to reinstate his conviction, overturned on appeal, for her abduction and killing. He was arrested by Australian immigration authorities and sent to Villawood in Jan 2015, days after his conviction was reinstated.
The newspaper said Australian taxpayers would face a multi-million-dollar bill for the indefinite detention of Sirul.
With government estimates putting the annual cost of detaining a single asylum-seeker in Australia at A$239,000 (RM807,900), the bill for accommodating Sirul could reach millions of dollars, it added.