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Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 14:42
Malaysia allows temporary stay of deportation of Myanmar nationals
By Reuters
Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 14:42 By Reuters

An immigration truck believed to be carrying Myanmar migrants from Malaysia back to their homeland, is seen heading towards the Naval base in Lumut, outside Kuala Lumpur on Feb 23, 2021. (MOHD RASFAN / AFP)

KUALA LUMPUR - A Malaysian court has allowed a temporary stay of deportation of 1,200 Myanmar detainees who were scheduled to be sent back on Tuesday, according to a lawyer for rights groups that petitioned to stop the deportation.

The stay was granted until 10 am Wednesday morning, when the court will hear the groups’ application for judicial review to suspend the deportation, said New Sin Yew, a lawyer for Amnesty International and Asylum Access.

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The 1,200 detainees - which includes asylum seekers and children - were scheduled to leave on Tuesday afternoon in three navy ships sent by Myanmar’s military.

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