Malaysian authorities have arrested and deported a French man wanted in connection with the murder of a Spanish police officer, a senior official said Tuesday.
Cyril Helias was deported over an immigration offence Monday from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Paris, weeks after he was arrested for using a Belgian passport, immigration director general Alias Ahmad said.
“He has been sent back,” Alias said in a text message to AFP.
Helias was arrested on June 5 when he was about to fly to Doha and then on to Athens, Alias said.
A Malaysian court sentenced him to a 6,000 ringgit ($1,900), for the immigration offence, which he paid. Alias did not give further details on the Belgian passport Helias used or whether it was fake.
Helias is suspected of being involved in the October 2010 murder of a Guardia Civil officer in Spain, when he was allegedly a member of a drug trafficking ring.
Sources close to the investigation have said that Helias was driving the first of two cars in a “go-fast” convoy allegedly transporting 200 kilogrammes (440 pounds) of hashish from Spain to France.
When a Spanish patrol tried to stop the cars for speeding, the second vehicle driven by Helias’ accomplice slammed into the Guardia Civil officer.
Apart from Helias, three other men have been implicated in the fatal incident, among a dozen people arrested last December in drug raids around Paris and southern France.
In March, Helias was sentenced in absentia to 18 months in prison by a court in southern France over a tax fraud case related to the importing of luxury vehicles.