It’s a murder case that’s caused a political storm in Malaysia.
Now, it’s reached Australia.
Sirul Azhar Umar fled Malaysia last year arriving in Queenland on a tourist visa before his conviction.
He’s since been detained at Villawood detention centre in Sydney.
Dr Syed Azman Syed Ahmad from the Islamic Party of Malaysia says Umar’s mother wants the Australian government to intervene.
“She’s begging the Australian authority to give him full protection in Australia. It’s more safe in Australia than going to Malaysia.”
In 2006, Mongolian interpreter and model, Altantuya Shaariibuu was shot twice in jungle clearing near Kuala Lumpur, wrapped in military grade explosives — and blown up.
Former bodyguard to the Malaysian Prime Minister, Umar was convicted of her murder — alongside a former police official.
Last month, both were sentenced to hang.
Umar has always maintained his innocence… his lawyer, Dato Mahfuz says Ms Shaariibuu was murdered to keep her quiet over alleged government corruption.
“The murder took place without motive. And in court, he maintained he was acting on orders. But the issue is who was giving the order?”
Sirul Umar can’t be extradited to Malaysia because Australian law prevents the return of anyone facing the death penalty to their home country.
But he can’t be released in Australia, because he’s been convicted of murder.
His lawyer says Malaysia has not yet made a formal extradition request.
International Law Expert, Professor Ben Saul says legal avenues for Umar are limited.
“The sensible thing for the Malaysian government to do would be to simply give Australia a guarantee that Malaysia will not apply the death penalty.”
The Australian government doesn’t disclose if an extradition request has been received unless a person is arrested or brought before a court.