Malaysia deports over 1,000 Myanmar nationals despite court order

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Malaysia on Tuesday deported over 1,000 Myanmar nationals back to their homeland just weeks after a coup, the country’s immigration chief said despite a court order halting the repatriation and a storm of criticism from rights groups.

Authorities sent back 1,086 detainees on three Myanmar navy ships from a military base on Malaysia’s west coast, Malaysian immigration chief, Khairul Dzaimee Daud said.

The statement made no mention of a ruling from the Kuala Lumpur High Court just hours earlier ordering that the repatriation be halted so that rights groups could present a challenge arguing for the repatriation to be stopped.

Activists have raised concerns there are asylum seekers among those being deported, while the United States and United Nations had also criticised the plan.

Law TV had earlier reported that a Malaysian Court on Tuesday ordered a halt to the planned deportation of 1,200 Myanmar migrants to hear an appeal by two human rights groups, which say the migrants included refugees, asylum seekers and minors.

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