Published: Thursday October 11, 2012 MYT 12:44:00 PM
Updated: Thursday October 11, 2012 MYT 1:06:17 PM
Malaysian who killed Aussie surgeon to be deported soon
MELBOURNE: The Malaysian who was found guilty for the murder of cardiac surgeon Victor Chang will be released on parole, with the Supreme Court rejecting an attempt by New South Wales Attorney-General Greg Smith to keep him behind bars.
Liew Chiew Seng, who fired two fatal shots at Dr Chang in a failed extortion attempt in 1991, was granted parole by the State Parole Authority last month.
He was due to be deported to Malaysia by Wednesday, but Smith immediately appealed the decision.
Lawyers for Smith argued that to release Liew would "expunge" him of the remaining five years of his maximum sentence, because there would not be supervision for him in Malaysia.
Liew, 69, is suffering from Parkinson's disease and the parole authority was told earlier this year that time might be running out for him to leave Australia before he could no longer travel safely.
He has been kept in Sydney's Long Bay jail for more than a year past his 20-year minimum prison term. - Bernama