MELBOURNE: The New South Wales (NSW) state government is challenging a decision to grant parole to Malaysian Liew Chiew Seng who killed heart surgeon Victor Chang.
Liew was given parole last week, 21 years after being jailed for shooting Chang dead in a failed extortion attempt at Mosman, north Sydney.
Liew, 69, who suffers from Parkinson's disease and dementia, was due to be released from jail after Oct 3, and was expected to be deported to Malaysia.
But NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith on Sunday announced the government would ask the Supreme Courts to review the State Parole Authority's decision to free him.
"I received legal advice that a judicial review of the authority's decision is warranted," Smith said in a statement.
"This killer cannot be supervised by Australian authorities once he is deported, and there is no way to enforce his parole conditions in Malaysia," said Smith.
"I believe it is not in the public interest to release him when he has only served one year of his six-year parole period," said Smith.
He said the Supreme Court would be asked to consider the issue as a matter of urgency.
The other man convicted for the surgeon's shooting, Phillip Lim Choon Tee, was released on parole in 2010,and deported to Malaysia.
He served 18 years of a 24-year sentence. - Bernama
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