KUALA LUMPUR, April 22, 2015:
The Attorney-General’s Chambers and police are looking for the best way, including from the legal standpoint, to bring home offenders who had fled abroad to escape justice.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said this was because the process to extradite them was difficult.
“For example, the case of (former police corporal) Sirul (Azhar Umar), who is currently in Australia… they (Australia) do not have the death penalty in their laws.
“So, if we want to extradite him and the case goes to court (in other countries), we might lose (the case),” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby here today.
Sirul Azhar had gone to Australia before the Federal Court — in overturning a Court of Appeal decision — found him and Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri guilty of murdering Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu in 2006. The deceased was a part-time model.
Wan Junaidi said the Malaysian authorities were faced with a similar dilemma in the case of controversial blogger Alvin Tan who fled to the United States to escape charges against him under the Sedition Act.
“If it is an offence in this country, but not in the country where he is now, we are unable to extradite him.
“Even though there are good and diplomatic relations between governments, the obstacle is he is able to take the case to the courts there.
“If the country (U.S.) does not see his (Tan’s) action as an offence, the court will not let us bring him back here, either through extradition or legal process.”
Tan, whose real name is Tan Jye Yee, fled to the U.S. to escape prosecution under the Sedition Act and seek political asylum.