Court orders halt to Myanmar migrant deportation: lawyer

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  • Tuesday, 23 Feb 2021

An immigration truck 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. - AFP

LUMUT, Malaysia (AFP): A Malaysian court on Tuesday (Feb 23) ordered a temporary halt to a controversial plan to deport 1,200 Myanmar detainees to their homeland weeks after a coup, following a last-ditch legal challenge.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court said the repatriation cannot take place to allow for a hearing on Wednesday into a bid by Amnesty International and Asylum Access to stop the deportations, New Sin Yew, a lawyer representing the groups, told AFP.

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