Convicted killer of Mongolian model says he's bound by police 'code of silence'

Convicted killer of Mongolian model says he's bound by police 'code of silence'

PETALING JAYA - The mystery surrounding the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu is set to continue with one of her killers, Sirul Azhar Umar choosing to abide a code of silence.

In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Sirul, a former police commando, said that he was not sure if he was ready to tell all yet.

"I was a member of the police force, we are bound by a code of silence," he said in the interview at the maximum security Blaxland unit in Villawood, Australian recently.

This represents a turnaround from Sirul who had earlier told local media on a phone interview on February that he was "seriously considering" spilling the beans on the 2006 murder.

Sirul however continued to claim that he was only a pawn in the murder.

"I was acting under orders. Those people who wanted to kill Ms Shariibuu are still free.

"I want the chance to redeem my family's dignity ... I am the scapegoat." he said in the interview before adding that under the commando code "you don't tell".

Sirul fled to Australia to live with his relatives before he was sentenced to death by the Federal Court on Jan 13, and was later caught by the Interpol in Queensland.

He had failed to appear in the Federal Court, which sentenced him and former chief inspector Azilah Hadri, 38, to death for the October 2006 murder of 26-year-old Altantuya.

Sirul now faces an indefinite detention as Australia had said it would not allow him to be extradited unless the Malaysian Government agreed to not execute him upon his return.

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