KUALA LUMPUR: The family of murdered Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu has hired a Sydney firm to serve an amended claim to Sirul Azhar Umar.
In confirming the matter, the family’s counsel Ramkarpal Singh said the suit filed by his client against the former police commando and three others was adjourned to Oct 26 for case management pending service of their application to amend the statement of claim on Sirul in Australia.
“We have engaged a private process server firm in Sydney for this as the Foreign Ministry has failed to do so.
“We hope the documents will be served by the next case management date,” he said.
Sirul is currently in a detention centre in Australia.
In the application, the family is seeking to amend its statement of claim to include the conviction and main findings against Sirul and former Special Action Unit personnel Azilah Hadri.
The application is a document in the RM100mil civil suit filed in 2007 by Altantuya’s family against the Government and three others over claims of alleged conspiracy and wrongful killing.
It was filed against former political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, the Malaysian Government and the two men found guilty of murdering Altantuya. However, the case stalled because the High Court wanted the criminal trial to conclude first.
In January 2015, the Federal Court sentenced Sirul and Azilah to death for Altantuya’s murder in 2006, although Sirul had escaped to Australia.
The Federal Court also issued a warrant of arrest on Sirul for failing to turn up for the judgment on the appeal against his acquittal by the Court of Appeal in 2013.