Australia Detains Malaysian Killer but Won't Allow Execution

January 21, 2015 6:10 AM

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A high-profile Malaysian fugitive detained in Australia has created a diplomatic problem for the Australian government which cannot by law extradite someone who could face capital punishment.

Sirul Azhar Umar, a former policeman, has been sentenced to death for the murder of a Mongolian woman in 2006 after her yearlong affair with a friend of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak ended in a messy disagreement.

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