A Malaysian police officer on death row for the 2006 slaying of a Mongolian model has accused former prime minister Najib Razak of ordering him to kill the woman, according to media reports and the policeman's lawyer.
Azilah Hadri and another police officer, who were serving on Najib's security detail at the time of the murder, were sentenced to death in 2015 for killing 28-year-old Altantuya Shaariibuu.
Najib, who lost a general election last year and is also facing charges of corruption on a massive scale, has denied knowing the woman, but the question of who ordered the killing has never been answered.
Azilah, in a court filing seeking to set aside his conviction, said Najib had ordered him to "arrest and destroy" Shaariibuu, who the former premier had allegedly described as a foreign spy, news portal Malaysiakini reported on Monday.
"I asked (Najib) what he meant by arrest and destroy the foreign spy, he responded: "Shoot to kill", and indicating it with a 'slit the throat' gesture," Azilah said, according to Malaysiakini.
Azilah's lawyer J. Kuldeep Kumar on Tuesday confirmed the report, but declined to comment further.
Malaysia's Federal Court will hear Azilah's application on April 20.