SINGAPORE (June 8): Australian authorities have approved a request from Malaysia to extradite Sirul Azhar Umar, who previously was a bodyguard to ex-Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, said The Guardian, citing unidentified sources.

Sirul is expected to return to Malaysia within a month.

Sirul who was a police officer before joining Najib’s security team, was convicted and sentenced for the murder of Altantuya Saariibuu. He then escaped to Australia in 2014, but was on the Interpol's red alert. He was then arrested in Queensland for having an expired tourist visa.

Australia had previously refused the extradition of Sirul as it violated its laws of not sending home a person facing the death sentence.

However, Malaysia’s new government have assured the Australian counterparts that Sirul will receive fair treatment. Malaysia has also agreed to cover the costs for the extradition.

Sirul had claimed he was ordered by “important people” to carry out the murder back in 2006.

He was also willing to cooperate with the investigations and tell the truth about what transpired, provided he was given a full pardon.

Sirul said he was unhappy over how the murder trial had taken place as the “main witness” in the case was not called, adding that he was only following instructions.

Altantuya, a Mongolian model, was allegedly the lover of Najib's close confidant, political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda. She was also said to have assisted in translating a negotiation deal for the Malaysian government to purchase French submarines, where Baginda was allegedly given millions in kickbacks. She then began demanding for money for her role.

In Oct 2016, the pregnant Altantuya was taken from Baginda’s residences in Kuala Lumpur and taken to a forest in Subang, where she was shot twice with a semi-automatic weapon and then blown up with military-grade explosives.