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Malaysia court halts deportation of 1,200 Myanmar nationals

| Updated: February 23, 2021 21:57:27

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Malaysia court halts deportation of 1,200 Myanmar nationals

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, reports Reuters.

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, which seized power in a Feb 1 coup, sparking weeks of protests from pro-democracy activists.

Myanmar migrants to be deported from Malaysia are seen inside an immigration truck in Lumut of Malaysia on Tuesday -Reuters photo

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