Suspect in Mongolian model's murder called to say thank you

Suspect in Mongolian model's murder called to say thank you
Azilah Hadri, chief inspector and Sirul Azhar, corporal, suspects in the murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibu, arrive at Shah Alam High Court on June 23, 2014.

KUALA LUMPUR - The much-anticipated teleconference with Sirul Azhar Umar, who was convicted for the murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu, did not live up to its billing when he only called to give an update on his wellbeing.

 

In a three-minute telephone conversation with PAS information chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar yesterday over a phone speaker, the man believed to be Sirul read a statement without making any ground-breaking revelations as expected.

Sounding composed, the former police commando thanked the Australian government for providing security and "comfortable" shelter before abruptly ending the call without taking any questions from the press.

"I'm not planning to say much but I would like to thank the Malaysian press for the coverage and the Australian government for protecting me by providing a place which I deem comfortable and safe," the man said.

He said he was still considering the right time to issue a statement regarding his conviction and to tell his side of the story.

"However, I will try to keep you updated from time to time. Thank you," he added.

The short conversation took place two hours after the scheduled 11.30am teleconference when many of the members of the press had left the press conference at the party's headquarters here.

Sirul, 43, was detained in Brisbane last month and is being held at the immigration detention centre in Sydney.

He failed to appear at the Federal Court hearing last month at which he and former chief inspector Azilah Hadri, 38, were sentenced to death for the October 2006 murder of Altantuya.

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