Australia tracks Sirul with electronic monitoring device and curfew

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Former police commando Sirul Azhar Umar is being watched by Australian authorities where he is currently living after fleeing Malaysia where he faces a death sentence for the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu.

The 51-year-old is required to wear an electronic monitoring device (EMD) that enables Australian authorities to track his location after he and 139 other detainees were released from an immigration detention centre on November 8, local news portal Free Malaysia Today reported this morning.

The news portal cited an unnamed Australian Border Force spokesman saying the EMD and a curfew is meant to restrict the movements of those previously detained under the country’s Migration Act and Migration Regulations.

According to the news report, those whose movements are curtailed are those who were previously convicted of serious crimes such as murder, rape, and paedophilia.

Australian media recently reported that its government is contemplating using terrorism laws for some of the most violent offenders among those who have been released from detention. – MMO

Earlier reports:

Nov 27, Sirul’s freedom could be short-lived

Nov 24, Sirul: I was paid RM1mil to keep my mouth shut