Australia detains condemned Malaysian cop

AUTHORITIES in Australia have detained a Malaysian police officer sentenced to death for the murder of 28-year-old Mongolian woman, Altantuya Shaariibuu.

Ms Shaariibuu was shot in the head and her body blown up with explosives in a jungle near Kuala Lumpur in 2006.

Sirul Azhar Umar, a former body guard to Prime Minister Najib Razak, had his conviction reinstated last week in a Malaysian court but was on the run.

The case rocked the country when it first came to light.

It has for years been the subject of speculation about political conspiracies and has dogged Prime Minister Najib Razak – deputy prime minister at the time of the murder – who has been accused of interfering with the investigation.

He has repeatedly said that he had nothing to do with the case and never met Ms Shaariibuu.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation said Sirul – who was already thought to be in Australia – had been taken into custody by immigration officials in Brisbane on Tuesday.

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