Now, migration consultant threatens to tell all on Sirul

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Robert K Chelliah, a migration consultant who assisted former police commando Sirul Azhar Umar, has threatened to reveal contents of private conversations he had with Sirul if the latter names him in the list of five he says he will unveil.

Chelliah, a Malaysian-born Australian, said he will reveal the extent of access that high officials from Malaysia had to Sirul while in immigration detention in Sydney if Sirul “politicises (Chelliah’s) help”.

“I will be forced to reveal the nature of conversations he had with me and of that we had with his Malaysian lawyers,” Chelliah told The Australian newspaper.

The daily reported that Chelliah had acted as Sirul’s migration consultant last February when Sirul was arrested for jumping bail.

Chelliah said he tried to “persuade (Sirul) to come out with the truth” but “the process was hijacked by various interests in the Malaysian special branch and Malaysian political system.”

Sirul was convicted of killing Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaariibuu and was sentenced to death in Malaysia along with colleague Azilah Hadri.

In a video from the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre where he is held, Sirul said he will name five people who tried to “bribe or coax” him into implicating Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak in Altantuya’s murder.

The video was part of a series of videos by Sirul published on Malaysiakini .

Pre-empting Sirul , lawyer Americk Sidhu ( photo ) has said he believes the five include Chelliah,

He suspects the others are PAS MP Mahfuz Omar, former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Umno man Khairuddin Abu Hassan and Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown.

Americk was lawyer for the late private investigator P Balasubramaniam who was implicated in the case when he was hired by Najib’s close associate Abdul Razak

Baginda to keep Altantuya from approaching him and making demands.

Abdul Razak was charged for abetment in Altantuya’s murder but was acquitted without his defence being called.

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